Wandsworth Common

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Wandsworth common is a public common in Wandsworth, in the London Borough of Wandsworth, south London. It is 69.43 hectares (171.6 acres)[1] and is maintained and regulated by Wandsworth Council.


There are a number of ponds and a lake, which can be used for fishing (with a permit). The lake is partially fenced off for the benefit of bird life, while other areas feature wooden pedestrian board walks, or open water's edge access. A small brick bridge crosses over the lake's waters at one point, connecting two pedestrian pathways. A railway line running between Clapham Junction and Wandsworth Common railway stations broadly divides the common up into two strips, west and east. A footbridge crosses the railway approximately halfway along the length of the open part of the common. There is a large area to the east of the train line, which is mainly used for competitive sports (mostly football, touch rugby and rounders).

Facilities include an educational centre in an area dedicated to wildlife known locally as 'The Scope' (named after the Craig telescope, which was once the largest refracting telescope in the world). There are also tennis courts, a bowling green and a cafe bar in the grounds, named 'Common Ground'. A fitness trail has been developed and the Common is popular with local runners, dog walkers and cyclists.

Houses on the Wandsworth (SW18) side are in what is known as the 'Toast Rack' and are large Victorian semis and detached homes, some with blue plaques denoting notable residents who previously lived there, including the British prime minister David Lloyd George.

Nearby, the common has three cricket pitches that play host to the famous King's Road Cricket & Social Club in summer. The KRCSC, as it is affectionately known, uses the squares mostly on Saturdays and Sundays but it has played most of its games away from the common in recent years because of concerns about the quality of the pitch which has been worsened over the years by the local raggamuffins who insist on playing football every Sunday for the last twenty years.

Wandsworth Common Tennis & Bowls Centre[edit]

Wandsworth Common Tennis & Bowls Centre allows Tennis & Bowls on a 'Pay and Play' basis including Tennis Coaching opportunities for all. The tennis centre is run by All Star Coaching Ltd for Wandsworth Council. It is situated behind the Common Ground cafe bar and is LTA affiliated, allowing those who sign up to gain free British Tennis Membership. Membership also allows use of Battersea Park, King George's Park, Tooting Common and Barn Elms Sports Centre.


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Coordinates: 51°27′00″N 0°10′10″W / 51.450°N 0.1695°W / 51.450; -0.1695