With excellent transport links into London, a friendly community, spacious homes, good shopping and plenty of green space it's no surprise that Cheam has come to represent the suburban dream. There is also an interesting history to discover and some beautiful period buildings to explore.
A little bit of history
Behind its innocent, idyllic, suburban exterior, Cheam hides a racy past. Having appeared in the Domesday Book and dating back to at 1018, Cheam was originally known for pottery before gaining a reputation for its breweries. Later King Henry VIII chose Cheam as the home for his extravagant Nonsuch Palace, but died before his spectacular royal palace was finished. Charles II later gifted the elaborately decorated palace to his mistress Lady Castlemaine. She then, having run up gambling debts, was forced to pull it down to pay her bills.
Need to know
HRH Prince Phillip went to school in Cheam, at Cheam School before it moved to Berkshire.
Eddie Izzard once joked that Cheam was the birth place of Darth Vader, but there are no plans to erect a blue plaque just yet.
Cheam Village, centred around the Sutton, North Cheam, South Cheam and Ewell crossroad, is home to Cheam's most up-market shopping area. Options include a Waitrose, a Magestic Wine Warehouse and plenty of independent shops, plus a Costa Coffee for a well-deserved pre, mid, or post shopping refresher. Meanwhile, North Cheam, about a mile north of the village, also offers great shops, including a large Sainsbury's, a post office and even more independent shops. And no round up of Cheam's retail would be complete without a mention for our excellent local butcher, S.M. Pinegar - a real gem.