We’re taking a break from catching up with our previous winning filmmakers for this blog to share with you a few little known facts about our home – WIMBLEDON!
The name Wimbledon means “Wynnman’s hill”, “dun” being Old English for hill and the area has been inhabited since at least the Iron Age.
An unusual sight across the Common’s skyline is Wimbledon’s very own windmill built in 1817 which now houses a Museum and visitor center. The museum is open summer weekends and visitors can climb to the top of the tower of the windmill and learn about the history of windmills. Wimbledon Common is also one of the largest areas of common land in London.
Looking for enlightenment? Wimbledon is home to the UK’s very first Buddhist temple –Wat Buddhapadipa. Established by the London Buddhist Temple Foundation with the objective of creating a center for the dissemination of theoretical and practical Buddhist teachings in Europe.
And as well as being the home of the Wombles, ‘making good use out of bad rubbish’.
Wimbledon was also the site where the sixth Martian invasion cylinder landed in H.G. Wells’ book The War of the Worlds.
That’s all for now, and we didn’t even mention the tennis…
We’ll be back soon with our next winning filmmaker interview 🙂