Beautiful Wall Hanging of Nonsuch Palace

Last week, I saw a fascinating painting of Nonsuch Palace, on a wall hanging in Epsom Town Hall.

It is a copy of a water colour, roughly A4 in size by Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel, painted in situ, in 1568.

Described by Professor Martin Biddle as ‘the only surviving impression of what Nonsuch really looked like’.  The painting of Nonsuch Palace is also extremely important as one of the very earliest surviving watercolours executed in England.

It is of particular significance, as the painting shows the frescos which surrounded the building.  I under stand Joris Hoefnagel was a miniturest, so it is  highly likely the frescos in the painting are a true reflection of what was there.

Nonsuch Palace Close Up

The original painting was auctioned at Christies in 2010, but failed to reach its reserve price of £1.2m.

The wall hanging was used by Christies, to promote the sale of the painting.   The wall hanging was then purchased by the  Lord of the Manor of Nonsuch Dr Tim Carter and subsequently loaned to Epsom Town Council.

Members of the public are welcome to see the hanging of Nonsuch Palace by Joris Hoefnagel but are asked to contact the Town Hall in advance to make an appointment.

The decision to defer the export licence follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by Arts Council England.

They made their recommendation on the grounds of its close association with our history and national life, its outstanding aesthetic importance and its outstanding significance for understanding the nature of English Renaissance architecture.

The decision on the export licence application for the watercolour will be deferred until 31 May.





Work is starting on the Old Stable Block

Old Stable Block inside

Preparatory work is beginning on converting the Old Stable Block in Cheam Park into a children’s nursery.

Old Wall Paper Old Stable Block

This week the men were removing all the pigeon poo (guano) and plaster from the building, to allow the surveyors to see exactly what needed to be done.

Window Old Stable Block

Building work  will probably not begin until the Autumn at the earliest.

Fireplace Old Stable Block

Staircase Old Stable Block








I am pleased to see the men have made a point of saving the Horse Shoes which had been nailed to the barn door of the building.  It is incredible to think they probably belonged to horses, which worked in Cheam Park during the 1950’s.

Horse Shoes Old Stable Block (1)

In February of this year Treetops got planning permission to convert the building into a childrens nursery.  Details of the plans can be seen here


Croquet Coaching Course

Cheam Park Croquet Club

Cheam Croquet & Bowls club is offering a six session croquet coaching course to members of the public.  The cost of the course is £24 and the fee will be offset against the first years subscription for participants who subsequently join the Club.

Cheam Croquet and Bowling Club

The coaching course will take place at the Club, which is in Cheam Recreation Ground, Tudor Close, Cheam, SM3 8QS from 6pm - 8pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 28th June                         Thursday 30th June

Tuesday 5th July                              Thursday 7th July

Tuesday 12th July                           Thursday 14th July

Numbers are limited and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

To book your place or for further information contact or phone 0208 642 0533

Teddy Bears Picnic


The 2016 NCT Teddy Bears’ Picnic will take place on Sunday 12th June 12-4.30pm

Nonsuch Park (dog free area), Ewell Road Entrance, Cheam

£2 per adult, children get in free

This year there will be a royal theme! There will be a ‘best dressed royal teddy’ and a ‘best named royal teddy’ competition, childrens races, raffle, tombola, a fire engine, face painting and other entertainment. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy a fun filled afternoon. Please put this date in your diary and help advertise it. We need your support to make this event a success!