1 Malden Road
Cheam Village
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020 8643 1236

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An attractive weather-boarded house in the heart of the Cheam Village conservation area. Whitehall has stood on this site since about 1500, and opened to the public in 1978. Originally a timber-framed wattle and daub building, the 18th century weather-boarding conceals several centuries of additions, including a 16th century staircase tower. The beautifully kept gardens are lovingly tended by members of our active Friends group, who also provide the home-made cakes in our cosy beamed tea-room. Changing programme of exhibitions and events. Whitehall was given a Gold Award in the 2011 Green Tourism Scheme for London in recognition of its efforts towards sustainability, which it successfully retained in 2013.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Wednesday-Friday & Sunday 1400-1700
Saturday 1000-1700
Bank Holiday Monday 1400-1700

Closed: 24th December - 2nd January inclusive

Admission charges

Free entry.
Group Tours: Please contact for details

Getting there

Rail: Cheam (5 mins walk)
Bus: 151, 213, X26
Road: on A.2043 just north of junction with A.232.
Parking: Pay & Display car park - entrance off Park Road, opposite Whitehall.

Additional info

Pay and Display car park available behind Cheam Library (entrance via Park Road) 1 minutes walk away.
Wheelchair access limited.
Guided tours and groups by prior booking only.

Discover 500 years of living history
- original timbering with wattle and daub plus carpenter's marks visible on roof structure
- inglenook fireplace with cooking pots, baking oven and ashpit.
- medieval Cheam Pottery display
- story of Henry VIIIs nearby Nonsuch Palace
- learn about the Killick family who lived here for over 250 years
- furnished Victorian schoolmaster's study bedroom
- Cheam School and related personalities
- Art Gallery with contemporary exhibitions
- rear garden with medieval well

Collection details

Architecture, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Tudor house building
  • Tudor kitchen
  • Nonsuch Palace
  • Cheam Pottery
  • Cheam School
  • William Gilpin
  • Killick family
  • Victorian parlour
  • Victorian study bedroom

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of Cheam crossroads around 1910

Cheam : 1914

  • 4 June — 12 October 2014 *on now

What was Cheam like in 1914? To mark the national commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War, this temporary display will use newspaper articles, photographs, advertisements and war records to illustrate what life was like in Cheam during this transformative year.

Sutton Watercolourists Exhibition

  • 15 October — 16 November 2014

Sutton Watercolourists, who had their first exhibition at Whitehall nearly 30 years ago, will be displaying a wide variety of artworks which will be on sale in our historic gallery space.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Communication: Cheam High Exhibition

  • 19 November 2014 — 1 February 2015

Students from Cheam High have been exploring the theme of ‘communication’ and what it means to them. They have experimented and expressed their ideas in a range of media, including painting and photography, which will be on display in Whitehall’s Roy Smith Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The open hearth in Whitehall

London Open House Weekend

  • 20 — 21 September 2014 10am-5pm

The annual London Open House weekend celebrates architecture and neighbourhoods. Not only do visitors get an insight into our Tudor house with its later extensions and the people who lived here, and can view the scale model of Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace, but also you can enjoy home-made cake in our attractive tea room. Other buildings open nearby include the 12th century Lumley Chapel with its beautiful Tudor tombs in St. Dunstan's churchyard. Pick up a Cheam Village walking tour leaflet from us and find out more about the local area.

As well as offering visitors a unique insight into the Grade II* listed building, there will be a range of family crafts and events taking place with a nature theme:

Saturday 20th September

2-4pm Family craft: create your own bug mask choose between ladybirds, butterflies, spiders and bees. Age 4+ £3 per child

6.50-9pm Bat Walk: Join us for a gentle evening stroll from Whitehall Museum around the local parks to detect bats, using detectors, and find out more about these threatened nocturnal creatures. All ages £4 per person

Sunday 21st September

2-4pm Family craft: create your own caterpillar - make a caterpillar creation using colourful buttons. Age 5+ £3 per child

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

IMAGINE 2014 ECO FESTIVAL at Whitehall

  • 25 October — 1 November 2014

Saturday 25th October 2-4pm – Autumnal Bird Watch:
A gentle guided walk around the local parks, including Cheam Park and Nonsuch Park, looking at bird migration. The walk and talk will start and end at Whitehall, with refreshments available in the tea room at the end. For all ages

Wednesday 29th October 2-4pm – Halloween ‘Homes for Wildlife: Make your own Bird Boxes’:
Sutton Ecology Centre will be helping visitors to create bird boxes from kits, which can be decorated and taken home For all ages, 5+

Friday 31st October 3-5pm – Spooky Craft & Moth Trapping (Part 1):
The Ecology centre will be talking to the group about moths and their environment and setting traps. There will be a related ‘spooky animal’ craft in the house, which will be used to decorate Whitehall for Halloween and participants are encouraged to attend the follow up session the next morning. For all ages, craft for 4+

Saturday 1st November 10-12pm – Moth Trapping (Part 2):
The traps which were set the afternoon before will be explored in detail, with a representative from the Ecology Centre explaining to the group about the characteristics of the ‘butterflies of the night’. For all ages

Between Saturday 25/10/14 and Saturday 1/11/14
Whitehall will be lit up green at night as part of the ECO theme of IMAGINE 2014!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Admission is free but please call ahead to book a place and avoid disappointment!

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Tudor Experience


Find out about local Tudors in this beautiful Tudor building. Children are encouraged to dress up. Age 7 - 11. Find out about Tudor Cheam, Cuddington and Nonsuch Palace. Visit the Lumley Chapel. Find out how the Tudors feasted and entertained themselves. Follow the trail around the house looking at the materials used to construct Tudor Whitehall. Find out about the use of herbs in food, dyeing and medicine. Look at local Tudor documents. The tour takes 2 hours, but can be extended to a whole day by adding a craft option (shield painting or making Tudor jewellery).

How to obtain

Call 020 8643 1236 or email whitehallmuseum@sutton.gov.uk for more information.

A House Through Time


A look at the changes Whitehall has seen from medieval Cuddington to Second World War Cheam, in this 2 hour visit for children age 7 – 11. Who lived here before the building of Nonsuch Palace? Discover the Tudor period through wills, assize records and pictures, local religious conflict during the Civil War, and changes to the house during the Victorian period. Photos and documents show how life in Cheam was affected by the coming of the railway and the Second World War. This session can be extended to a whole day by adding a craft.

How to obtain

Call 020 8643 1236 or email whitehallmuseum@sutton.gov.uk for more information.

Whitehall Tour


A guided visit around an original Tudor house. The class will be divided into groups and taken on a guided tour. Handle replica Tudor objects, find out about the construction of Whitehall, and learn about Cheam village in the 16th century. Look at the Tudor kings and queens, particularly Henry VIII and Nonsuch Palace, and compare the lives of the rich and poor in Tudor times. The tour can be adapted to your curriculum needs, and takes 2 hours including visiting the shop. Price £2.00 per head.

How to obtain

Call 020 8643 1236 or email whitehallmuseum@sutton.gov.uk for more information.

Getting there

Rail: Cheam (5 mins walk)
Bus: 151, 213, X26
Road: on A.2043 just north of junction with A.232.
Parking: Pay & Display car park - entrance off Park Road, opposite Whitehall.