Category Archives: Nonsuch Park

Vandalism in Nonsuch Park

Graffiti Nonsuch Park Wall Vandals
Sadly Nonsuch Park is suffering a fresh wave of vandalism. A large planter was smashed up in the pinetum. They must have needed a sledgehammer to do this. The Old Greenhouse Wall has been graffitied. This must have needed a sledgehammer to do it. A tree was also set alight in the woodland by the concrete road.

Burnt Tree Vandals Nonsuch Park

Surrey Police have been informed, as have the Metropolitan Police. They are working together to solve the crimes.
We need your help. If you spot any anti social behaviour in the park, please report it to the police on 101, Sutton Parks Police on 020 8721 2268  or if it is an emergency dial 999.

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.





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!


The Road from Rome

London Road 1 (1)

As you sit in the traffic on the London Road (A24) during the morning rush hour, it is perhaps difficult to imagine that the road was originally built as an expressway.

There is now little to show, apart from the Straightness, that the road was built on the line of the Roman Stane Street, which connected the now silted up port of Chichester, Sussex with London.  It was part of the Roman “expressway system” which led to Ewell becoming a major town, partly due to the abundance of fresh water emanating from the many springs there.

When the Romans invaded Britain in AD43, they had the problem of subduing and policing the country’s newly conquered tribes.  To do this required the rapid transit of soldiers and equipment to get wherever the problems were occurring, which could only be achieved by building a good quality network of roads, and preferably in as straight a line as possible.

main-Romans Marching

This they achieved by constructing three categories of road.  The ITER for foot soldiers was 5 feet wide.  The ACTUS for wheeled traffic was 7 feet wide.  The VIA with a 14 feet width was for two way wheeled traffic.  The London road was obviously a VIA grade road.

Should you be waiting for your 293 bus at Stoneleigh, drift into a day dream, and begin to imagine galloping horses hooves and iron shod wheels, pay no heed.  It is only the ghost of Brutus Ironicus driving the last chariot home from London to Chichester as the Romans retreated back their beloved Italy in AD410.

Taken from “A stroll through North Cheam’s past” by Tony Brett Young


Nonsuch Country Fair


A Community Country Fair is coming to Nonsuch Park on 25th and 26th June. It will be held in the dog free area of Nonsuch Park, at the London Road gate. (That is the one nearest to the site of Nonsuch Palace)

Classic Festivals Tent

The organisers Classic Festivals, specialise in organising very traditional Country Shows.  They are looking to involve the community, schools, young entrepreneurs, local food and drink producers, craft stalls, a dog show and local Chefs who will put on displays in their Cookery Theatre.


Please contact Classic Festivals either via their website or facebook page :

More information will follow – but please get the date in your diary, you won’t want to miss it – and spread the word!

If you want to book a stall please email she can let you know the costs. Sonia would need to know your space requirements, if you have your own gazebo and what type of stall you are – charity, personal etc.
You can also contact Sonia on 01728 685302
Re the dog show – there’s no pre-registration, just turn up on the day and register.



Are there Oak Processionally Moths in Nonsuch Park?

oak processionary moth 1

If you go down to the woods today, watch out for oak processionary moths, advises Sutton. Sutton residents are being advised by Sutton Council to be on the lookout for oak processionary moth caterpillars when visiting the borough’s parks this spring as the moths can cause an allergic reaction.

The oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoein processionea) is a pest that was recently identified in the Worcester Park area in the west of the borough. The moth was introduced to England from mainland Europe and first identified in London in 2005.

The oak processionary moth caterpillars emerge around May, coinciding with bud burst when leaves emerge from trees at the start of the growing season. In their early stages of growth, the newly-hatched caterpillars feed exclusively on oak leaves and it is possible for large populations to strip whole trees of their leaves. On a healthy oak tree, this generally will not cause any permanent damage, but it can leave trees vulnerable to other pests and diseases, and less able to withstand events such as drought and flood.

As the caterpillars develop they produce thousands of tiny barbed hairs containing a substance called thaumetopoein that can cause itching skin rashes, eye irritations and sore throats in people and animals that come into contact with them. In rare cases the barbed hairs can cause breathing difficulties and allergic reactions. However, symptoms are not usually serious and can be treated by a pharmacy.

The hairs can be shed by the caterpillars as a defence mechanism, be blown off by the wind, and left in the silken webbing nests the caterpillars build on the trunks and branches of oak trees, sometimes at or close to ground level. These nests can fall to the ground, and hairs can stick to the trunks and branches of oak trees.

The oak processionary moth caterpillars have a distinctive habit of moving about in or under oak trees in nose-to-tail processions, which gives them their name. The silken webbing nests are white when new, and often have silken trails leading to them. They quickly become discoloured and harder to see against the dark colour of oak-tree bark.

Sutton Council’s Parks Service is monitoring the situation closely and has a term contractor to deal with both spraying and nest removal.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“If you see any oak processionary moth nests or caterpillars, do not approach or touch them. Report them immediately to the council or the Forestry Commission, which is leading efforts to control its population, spread and impact.”

The main risk period is between now and July, when the caterpillars are active. However, borough residents are advised to avoid nests, even “spent” nests, at any time, because the hairs in them can remain irritating for many months.

Police Appeal

 Police Line
Officers from Sutton’s Safer Parks police team want to speak to two females who may have witnessed suspects attempting to remove a steel post on the bridleway between Boundary Road and Telegraph Track, Wallington, on Monday, 9 May at around 08:00hrs.
The two females may have seen the suspects who may have come from two vehicles  a big white double cab vehicle and a small black hatchback. 
If you are one of these two females or you have any information to help, please contact the Safer Parks Teams on 020 8721 2268 or call Sutton Police station on 101 quoting ref: 4005140/16.  
Whilst this is not near Nonsuch Park, visitors to this Web Site may have witnessed something.

Touch Rugby training

Touch Rugby

TOUCH RUGBY : Old Suttonians Rugby Club are running touch rugby in the park all through the summer. We meet at 10am on a Saturday morning in Nonsuch Park (school entrance where the military fitness set up) and run for an hour(ish) just to keep the hands warm and fitness up during the off season.

If you are interested in playing, please join the group in the link below and follow the updates weekly. We can accommodate all levels of ability as long as you are older than 11 and it is completely non-contact. It’s very relaxed and great fun, also a good way to work off that hangover! If you’re looking at getting back into the game after some time out or just looking for a bit of fitness, it’s a great way to stay sharp during the summer.

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