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  • 1. History

    In the mid-18th century Sutton was just a small village, and it did not start developing into a town until the second half of the 19th century. Historic buildings in the borough include St Alban’s Church, Cheam, built in the 1920s; St Mary’s Church, Beddington, which contains some Norman stonework; St Dunstan’s Church, Cheam, which dates back to 1864; and The Lumley Chap...Read moreel, which is the oldest building in the borough and has elements dating back to Saxon or early Norman times. The village of Cheam, in the borough of Sutton, has many original timber-framed houses as well as many mock Tudor buildings. The area is known for its connections to Henry VIII, whose Nonsuch Palace dominated the area until it was pulled down in the 17th century. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Sutton has a pedestrianised High Street and the town has seen a large amount of development in the last 30 years. It is now a very popular shopping centre with many outdoor cafes. The close proximity to London and plenty of green spaces makes Sutton a popular commuter town for those working in the capital. The London borough of Sutton includes Sutton town centre, the histori...Read morec village of Cheam, and the area of Carshalton. Read less

  • 3. Events

    The Carshalton Lavender annual harvest takes place over two days in July, when hundreds of people turn up to pick their own lavender in Carshalton Beeches. The Croydon and Sutton Beer and Cider Festival takes place in Wallington in October and includes cask ales, bottled beers and cider. The Imagine Festival of Art runs from the end of May to mid June and includes a packed pr...Read moreogramme of events for people to enjoy and take part in. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Walllington is a National Trust property dating back to 1688. Visitors can enjoy fine collections, the Pre-Raphaelite central hall, lawns, lakes, parkland, woodland, walled garden, conservatory and more. Honeywood Museum, in Carshalton, is based in a building dating back to the 17th century, although there have been many extensions over the years. The museum, which was refurbi...Read moreshed in 2011, has been decorated to reflect different periods in history and contains displays on local history, paintings and hands-on activities for children. Whitehall is a Tudor timber-framed house in Cheam containing a room devoted to the story of Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace as well as rooms dedicated to different periods in history. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Sutton Superbowl is an entertainment centre offering bowling, laser quest and games facilities as well as refreshment areas. The Phoenix Centre includes a leisure centre, youth zone, library and community hall all under one roof. The leisure centre includes a fitness room, sports hall and exercise centre. Swimming can be found at Cheam Leisure Centre.

  • 6. Business

    The indoor St Nicholas Shopping Centre has a good selection of high street stores as well as parking for over 700 cars. The Times Square shopping centre covers two floors and contains a wide selection of popular retail units Sutton Market is situated in the High Street and is open from Monday to Friday. A farmers’ market also takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month....Read more Read less

  • 7. Transport

    By car, Sutton is easily accessible from junction 8 of the M25. The A232 runs to the east and west of the town. Sutton train station has direct links to three main London stations: Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge. A train to Waterloo takes just over half an hour. London Gatwick Airport is about 14 miles from Sutton and London Heathrow is just over 14 miles away.

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Secombe Theatre is the main venue for live entertainment in Sutton. The programme of events includes shows for children, pantomime, dance, theatre, music and more. The Charles Cryer Theatre, in Carshalton, also stages a variety of shows.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    The Lumley Chapel, in Cheam, is the oldest standing building in the borough and small sections date back to Saxon and Roman times. The chapel was the chancel of the original Cheam church, and was left behind when the rest of the church was demolished in the 1860s.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Cheam featured regularly in the comedy series Hancock’s Half Hour as the home of Tony Hancock. The village’s streets have also been filmed for TV’s Terry and June and The Bill.

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