Whitehall, Cheam

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Whitehall in Cheam
Location Cheam, London Borough of Sutton
Type Historic house museum
Public transit access National Rail Cheam
Website London Borough of Sutton website
The tea room
Whitehall during Cheam Charter Fair in May

Whitehall is a timber-framed, Grade II* listed[1] historic house museum in the centre of Cheam Village, Sutton, Greater London. It is thought to have been a wattle and daub yeoman farmer's house originally.


The house contains details from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras. The rooms include the hall, the parlour (thought to have once been the original kitchen), the lower kitchen, the porch room, the Roy Smith art gallery (once a wash room or scullery), the Harriet Killick dressing room and the bedroom. One room has a display about Nonsuch Palace, built nearby by King Henry VIII and pulled down in the 1680s. In the garden there is a medieval well which served an earlier building on the site.[2]


It is said once to have been called "The Council House," owing to its use by Queen Elizabeth I, for holding an impromptu council meeting for signing papers while on a hunting expedition from Nonsuch Palace.[3]


It is believed that the house was the residence of the merchant, lawyer and philosopher, James Boevey (1622–1696), from c. 1670 to his death.[4] It was later the home of the Killick family, who remained there for more than two centuries from 1741 to 1963, when it was bought by the borough. Following restoration, it was opened to the public as a historic building in 1978, and is run by the London Borough of Sutton and the Friends of Whitehall.[3]

The museum closed in 2016 for a £1.6m refurbishment of the building. It is intended to reopen in 2017 with improved facilities. Cllr Jill Whitehead, chair of the council’s environment and neighbourhood committee, said: “The redevelopment of the Whitehall Museum is of major significance to the borough as it is one of our oldest and most historic buildings. When the redevelopment is completed in 2017, Whitehall Museum will be the historical hub of our borough, attracting more and more people to spend time and money and learn more about our heritage.”[5]


  1. ^ "Whitehall". www.historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  2. ^ David Ross. "Whitehall, Cheam, History & Visiting Information". Britainexpress.com. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "The History of Whitehall". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Crawley-Boevey, A. W. C., The Perverse Widow, Being Passages from the Life of Catharina, Wife of William Boevey, 1898. Biography of James Boevey, pp. 24–38
  5. ^ Anders Anglesey (7 April 2016). "500-year-old Cheam museum to close for £1.6m renovation (From Sutton Guardian)". Suttonguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 

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Coordinates: 51°21′36″N 0°13′04″W / 51.3600°N 0.2178°W / 51.3600; -0.2178