Whitehall

Whitehall
1 Malden Road
Cheam Village
Greater London
SM3 8QD
England

Website

Whitehall homepage

www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1909

Up-to-date information provided by our Friends group

www.friendsofwhitehallcheam.co.uk

London Borough of Sutton official website

www.sutton.gov.uk

E-mail

whitehallmuseum@sutton.gov.uk

Telephone

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.
a black and white drawing of Tudor Whitehall in Cheam

Drawing Whitehall

  • 26 February — 26 May 2014 *on now

In Spring 2013 we asked children to respond to Whitehall and draw their own picture of the Tudor building. A selected number of entries will be on display - come along to Whitehall to not only view the entries but also to draw your own picture! There will also be some works from the borough's Art Collection featuring Whitehall on display.

Suitable for

  • Any age
photograph of Cheam crossroads around 1910

Cheam : 1914

  • 4 June — 28 September 2014

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.

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.
A stack of books

Stories from the Past - Reading Group

  • 6 May 2014 7-8:30pm
  • 3 June 2014 7-8:30pm
  • 1 July 2014 7-8:30pm
  • 5 August 2014 7-8:30pm

Enjoy a friendly look at fiction set in past times with our historical fiction readers' group. We meet once a month on a Tuesday evening.
Admission free (except for refreshments). Numbers are limited so please book a place by contacting Jane Allen: jane.allen@sutton.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Whitehall, Cheam

The Charter Fair procession outside Whitehall

Cheam Charter Fair Celebrations

  • 12 — 18 May 2014

To celebrate the annual fair in Cheam Whitehall will be specially adorned with colourful knitting, a decoration popularly known as ‘yarn-bombing’. A special guided tour takes place on Tuesday; the Traditional Charter Fair is on Thursday, a late night opening is on Friday, and the big Fair takes place on Saturday.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Interior with furniture

Discover Whitehall by Candlelight

  • 16 May 2014 5:30-9pm

Join us for a special late night opening at Whitehall, which will be lit by candlelight. Crafts will be taking place in one of our Tudor rooms along with group storytelling sessions and a tour of the Grade II* listed house. Tour starts at 6pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
The interior of the Lumley Chapel

Lumley Chapel by candlelight

  • 17 May 2014 8-9pm

A unique opportunity to visit the historic Lumley Chapel lit only by candlelight. Expert archaeologist and historian Andrew Skelton will be present to answer any questions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Funeral Monument in marble and alabaster

Lumley Chapel Candlelight Opening

  • 17 May 2014 8-10pm

As part of Museums at Night this is a unique opportunity to visit the ancient Lumley Chapel with its magnificent Tudor tombs in candlelight, just as the original Lumleys would have seen it. Stewards will be present to answer any questions.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Lumley Chapel
St. Dunstan's Churchyard, off Church Road
Cheam
Surrey
SM3 8QH
England

Getting there

Off A2043 just north of junction with A232.
Rail: Cheam station, then 6 minutes walk northwards.
Buses: 151, 213, X26

Additional info

None

Admission

None - but donations welcome.

Shows a pipestrel bat in flight at night.

Bat Walk

  • 31 May 2014 9-11pm

Join us for a gentle evening stroll around Cheam starting at Whitehall and walking through the local park to find out more about these endangered creatures. You will use bat detectors to determine the various species of bats to be found, in the company of wildlife expert Dave Warburton.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets £4 each or £12 for a family of 4. Book from Whitehall - 020 8643 1236 or email whitehallmuseum@sutton.gov.uk

A photograph of the front of Whitehall, a weather-boarded Tudor building

Curator's Tour of Whitehall

  • 7 June 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

Join Catherine Pell, Curator at Whitehall, on a tour to discover more about the history of this Grade II* listed building. Please note, the tour last approximately an hour and involves accessing stairs and steps.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • Any age

Admission

Tickets cost £2 per person. Advance booking recommended from whitehallmuseum@sutton.gov.uk or ring 020 8643 1236.

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

http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1912

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

http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1912

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

http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1912

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.

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