First thing that comes to mind when we think of Wimbledon is tennis. But, there is more to this lush community than a fortnight of tennis championships. Southside House is one of the jewels of Wimbledon Village.
Here’s a photo tour of this venerable home:
The back entrance opens onto the music room where concerts are given periodically. Vintage elegance would describe the decor and appointments. In one corner resides a worn leather travel trunk. For years it languished in the basement, undisturbed until someone
dozens of Hilda Pennington-Mellor’s designer clothes.
Such as this one:
even though her parents were opposed to the marriage.
She was born of high society and dressed the occasion. A room has been
dedicated to some of her most exquisite attire.
As you survey the music room, your eye cannot help but fall on the worn
hours upon its back.
The picturesque dining room with table set for
royalty. And, indeed, royalty was a frequent guest at
But, elegance was commonplace. This was Hilda’s breakfast room. Notice at the top of the photo, this is a three-sided window…except you can just make out that there is something covering the right window (a painting). Hilda wanted her privacy as she had breakfast so she hung a picture over the window.
door. A servant would be behind a side opening to dust a guest’s wig before he was presented to his host. The guest would hold his head back, the servant would use a bellows and dust (chalk) the wig. The traveler would hold a cone-shaped paper over his face to prevent inhaling the dust.
worked to restore the damage inflicted on Southside House from bombs. This is his library (the most interesting of all the rooms in the home). Pictures, books, paraphernalia… all tell a story of this man’s character.
One hour Tours: Wednesday, Saturdays, and Sundays between Easter Saturday to October 2nd.
Admission: Adults 5.00 pounds; Children 2.50 pounds; families 10.00 pounds.