Cavalry Drill on Wimbledon Common

Cavalry Drill on Wimbledon Common

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Date Photo Taken 14th April 1913
Area Wimbledon Village
Copyright 1 C T Davis
Picture Reference Wim_​Sport_​3-13
Original Format Photo
Notes / History There is a lengthy tradition of staging military assemblies, parades and manoeuvres on Wimbledon Common.

During the Tudor period, tenants of the Lord of the Manor were required to attend archery practice, using butts erected along Parkside, but they rarely complied with this ruling and were regularly fined for failing to make or repair sufficient targets.

Following the Restoration of Charles II, the Common witnessed the first parade by the Tangier Regiment of Foot, now known as the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. The Regiment's lengthy history is commemorated by an obelisk unveiled near Kingsmere, Wimbledon Common in 1961. On 16 October 2021 this memorial was the site of a gathering to mark the regiment's 360th anniversary .

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