Wimbledon County School for Girls: Swimming

Wimbledon County School for Girls: Swimming

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Partial / Incomplete Date c 1958
Area Merton Park
Picture Reference Wim_​33_​1-8
Original Format Photo
Notes / History Teachers and classmates watch in admiration as the senior girls from Wimbledon County School take part in this 1958 diving display. This swimming pool was a long time in the making, as the school had spent the last ten years raising enough money to build it. Thus, its completion was a jubilant affair that included members of the community.

The school was initially founded in 1905 as a teacher's training centre, but a secondary school naturally grew up around it, which was formally recognised in 1907. Despite this, due to the war and other issues, the Wimbledon County School did not acquire a permanent building until 1924. The school closed in 1969 when Merton reorganised their comprehensive education, and was merged with the Rickards Lodge School.

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