Living in Cheam

Cheam is a large village situated in the London Borough of Sutton. Cheam is divided into two main areas, North Cheam and Cheam Village. Cheam is bordered by Sutton to the East, Ewell to the West, and Banstead to the South. Cheam, with its historic village centre is the perfect place for anyone who may want the convenience of good access to many larger towns and/or London but who appreciates the village feel and history that Cheam has to offer.

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Local History

Cheam has had a particularly thrilling past, graced by royalty, engulfed in scandal, Cheam was featured in the Domesday book dating back to at least 1018. In the middle ages, Cheam was renowned for its potteries and later on the its breweries and connections with King Henry VIII, his magnificent Nonsuch Palace used to dominate the area, until it was handed over to a racy mistress of Charles II, who had it pulled down to cover her gambling debts. Cheam went back to being a small sleepy, rural community until rapid expansion in the 1920’s and 30’s transformed the area into a prosperous, modern village that is sometimes used to exemplify the suburban dream. Now, most people are familiar with the area through a variety of cultural references that play on that image. In most seasons of the comedy series, Hancock’s Half Hour, Hancock lived in Railway Cuttings, in fictional East Cheam. The streets often feature on TV, as backdrops for programmes including, Terry and June, and The Bill.

Properties in Cheam

Cheam has a large selection of properties to choose from, ranging from apartments through to semi-detached, detached family homes and very large residences. Some of the grandest homes are located in Golf Side, The Drive and The Avenue, where homes can cost up to £4,000,000 and more. Therefore, Cheam has something to offer everyone to suit all tastes and budgets.


Schools and other amenities

Cheam offers a very good selection of schools in the local area including, Cuddington Croft Primary School, Cheam Fields Primary School, St Dunstan’s Church of England Primary School, St Cecelia’s Catholic Primary School and Nonsuch Primary School. For secondary education there is Cheam High School, Nonsuch High School for Girls is a grammar school for girls aged 11 to 19 years standing in 22 acres of beautiful grounds on the edge of Nonsuch Park, Sutton High School is an independent day school for girls founded in 1884 and offering Nursery and Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form.

Cheam Park, originally the grounds of Cheam Park House built in the 19th Century and known locally as Bethell House after the family that lived there until 1937. The house suffered a large amount of damage after being hit by a bomb during the Second World War, shortly after which the building was demolished. Cheam Park offers a good range of sports facilities. Nonsuch Park is a very large open space with a number of access points to the park. The café, The Nonsuch Pantry, adjoins the Mansion House providing refreshments and ice creams. For golfers, Cuddington golf course and Banstead downs golf course are on your doorstep. Cheam offers a variety of pubs and restaurants including, The Harrow Inn, offering a wide menu and weekly changing cask ales. Ye Olde Red Lion has stood on the site for at least 400 years and is a quaint country style pub, thought to be the oldest public house in the London Borough of Sutton, it has a popular beer garden and offers a great range of seasonal dishes as well as classic pub favourites, with a modern twist. Mimi e Coco is a family run restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine, situated in Cheam Village close to Nonsuch Park.

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Transport Links

Cheam is very well position for easy access to the M25 (Junction 8) and the M23, offering good commuting to Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the South Coast with Cheam main line railway station serving London Victoria in approx thirty minutes and London Bridge during peak times in approx thirty seven minutes.

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Looking for estate agents in Cheam?

ShineRocks Estate Agents was founded in Purley more than 20 years ago. As a leading authority both on the area and in the property industry, we’re proud to sell quality homes in the £300,000 to £3,000,000+ bracket, while simultaneously offering the highest levels of service and timely communication to our many valued clients. We provide a range of property services in Cheam.

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