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.

Communication: Cheam High School Exhibition

  • 19 November 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now

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
Cheam Park House in 1890

Cheam's Lost Buildings

  • 3 February — 3 May 2015

Discover the vanished buildings of Cheam through the borough’s art collection and photographs. Buildings featured include Cheam School, Cheam House, Cheam Park House, East Cheam Manor and Cheam Brewery. The exhibition will reveal just how different Cheam looked in bygone times.

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.
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Stories from the Past - Reading Group

  • 2 December 2014 7-8:30pm
  • 6 January 2015 7-8:30pm
  • 3 February 2015 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


Whitehall, Cheam

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Friends of Whitehall Valentine's Fair

  • 14 February 2015 10am-4pm

The Friends of Whitehall welcome you to their annual Valentine's Fair where the Queen of Hearts presides over a range of stalls selling various goods plus raffles and a quiz. There will also be home-made treats in the tea-room.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Father Christmas with christmas tree

Mistletoe Craft and Gift Fair

  • 22 November 2014 10am-4pm *on now

Stock up on a range of gifts for the upcoming festive season at this annual event organised by the Friends of Whitehall with dozens of stalls selling a variety of crafts from jewellery, soft furnishings and accessories. Free admission.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
tudor house in the snow

Cheam Village Christmas Evening

  • 5 December 2014 5-9pm

The annual late-night festive shopping evening in Cheam Village. There is mulled wine, mince pies, a tree and traditional Christmas lights, not to mention an array of shops open until late - including Whitehall!

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Deck the Halls

  • 6 — 7 December 2014 2-4pm

Visit Whitehall over the festive period to admire our decorations and take part in our family craft session especially for children to make their own Christmas decorations. Suitable for children aged 4 years and over. We ask that a responsible adult remain in the house during the session.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


Tickets £3 per child. All materials included. Please book via 020 8643 1236.

Valentine Heart

Very Valentines

  • 14 February 2015 2-4pm

Make a traditional Kissing Dangle, Victorian-style Valentines cards and hanging button hearts.All materials supplied. Suitable for children aged 4-12. Please book in advance.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


£3 per child.

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.

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.

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.

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.