The Creation of Wimbldeon Park Road – Part IV – John Augustus Beaumont

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If you live in Wandsworth and think of Wimbledon you think of Wimbledon Park Road and most people assume it has been there for all time.

Wimbledon Park Road is, in fact, a creation of John August Beaumont and his Wimbledon Park Estates company.

John Corris’ 1787 Map of Wandsworth shows no such road.

The road pretty much follows the course of ‘The Footpath from Wimbledon to Wandsworth’ that is marked on The John Corris map. Although, curiously, it stops where the footpath reaches the South Field at Clay Shot.

In real life, the footpath is shown on other sources starting from Merton Road and tracking the path of Southfields Road, sometimes called South Field(s) Road to confuse matters.

John Corris' Map of Wandsworth of 1787
Excerpt from John Corris’ 1787 Map of Wandsworth produced for Earl Spencer – British Museum – via Wandsworth Historical Society

We can see on a deed dated 1851, in which John Augustus Beaumont is selling a parcel of land, that Beaumont was intending to create a ‘New Road’ across his Wimbledon Park Estate which leaves Merton Road and then approximately follows the historical footpath that predated Southfields Road and led to Wimbledon Village.

Creation of Wimbledon Park Road
Deed between John August Beaumont and Alexander Henderson dated 7th May 1851 showing Wimbldeon Park Road as New Road – 2262/3/1 – Reproduced by permission of Surrey History Centre

The road then appears to have acquired the name The Wimbledon Park Road the following year – appears as until the Metropolis Management Acts of 1855 came into force the naming of roads was quite arbitrary. Post the Acts coming into force in 1855 the Metropolitan Board of Works had to approve all new road formations. A few sample files exist in the London Metropolitan Archives but sadly the vast majority were weeded out by Greater London Council archivists before the archives came to be in the hands of the City of London Corporation.

Wimbledon Park Road named for the first time
Deed between Frederick Cotton Finch and William Pearl stamped 28th May 1852 showing Wimbldeon Park Road named as such – 2262/3/6 – Reproduced by permission of Surrey History Centre




and something else

Rather uniquely we can see both side of the transactions with Cotton Finch because the oversight committee of The County Fire Office [CFO] was keeping a close eye on the situation as well as keeping voluminous records and making period reports to The Board of Directors of CFO.

Extract from CFO Bard minute book 2nd May 1851 p377. By kind permission of RSA Group.


Read on – The West Hill Estate Developing Into Mass Housing – Haldon Road & Surrounding Roads – Part V – John Augustus Beaumont