Wimbledon Common, one of the numerous open spaces in highly favoured Surrey, extends over an area of a thousand acres, and is contiguous to Putney Heath, Kingston Common, and Richmond Park. It is famous all the world over as the old camping place of the National Rifle Association, where the Queen's and other important prizes used to be shot for annually but in 1889 the Volunteers, owing to considerations of public safety, removed to Bisley, near Woking. The picturesque windmill which figures so prominently in our view is a well-known landmark. The old-established London Scottish Golf Club has links on the Common, on which there is also a clearly-defined fortified camp, cruciform in shape, and, according to the best authorities, Saxon in origin.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896