Built around 1500, Whitehall is a timber-framed Tudor house in the heart of Cheam Village. An accredited museum, it has a designated exhibition space with a regularly changing programme, as well as a tea room which has been voted one of the best in Surrey.
Whitehall is owned and managed by Sutton Council. It is closed to the public until the summer of 2017.
While Whitehall is closed its team will have an active presence at fêtes and fairs and will visit local groups and societies. The Friends of Whitehall will also continue to run activities and events in Cheam, particularly at the Parochial Rooms and Cheam Library.
Heritage, Libraries and Arts guide – What’s on in Sutton, May – June 2016
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Whitehall is changing!
Sutton Council has donated £140,000 and secured a £1.5m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to give Whitehall a new lease of life as a great place for the community.
The Friends of Whitehall have also donated £10,000 to the redevelopment.
Whitehall is a Grade II* listed building, with a distinctive white-painted exterior. It provides an unrivalled glimpse of life in the local area over the past 500 years.
Sutton Council wanted to find a way to renovate the building and turn it into a destination for heritage tourism. So we applied for and achieved planning permission for the renovations which led to HLF approving the proposal. The grant will enable vital repairs to the building to be carried out and a new programme of activities to be launched to encourage more people to use the museum and learn about their heritage.
Internal adaptations and two new extensions, including a new lift and stair, will significantly increase access for all into and around the building. Repair work to the building will involve tackling a damp problem and removing some intrusive 20th century fixtures while other original features are restored.
The Friends of Whitehall, an independent registered charity, was formed 34 years ago to support Whitehall and to ensure that it remains open to the public.
The Friends have, over the years, laid out and continue to maintain both the front and back gardens. They act as stewards and serve in the Tea Room; bake the home-made cakes and biscuits; dress in various historical attire at fairs and special events – such as the Tudor Fairs when children are able to talk to Henry VIII or Elizabeth I or at the Oak Apple Day when Charles II, Nell Gwynne and Pepys are there to entertain visitors – young and old alike!
In addition to all this activity, the Friends of Whitehall raise funds for many special projects. These have included funding the return of six Victorian Jacobean-style chairs for the Parlour (recently recovered in needlepoint by a group of Friends), a set of antique tools (of the type used to construct a house like Whitehall), display boards and case and may historic prints of Whitehall and Dr Syntax.