Early Modern Society Visit to Cheam and the Lumley Chapel
Saturday, 15 August 11:00 am
There is so much more to Cheam than Tony Hancock! In fact, there are so many buildings of historical and architectural interest, from the Tudor Whitehall to the mock-Tudor buildings of the 1920s and 30s, that the
entire village was designated a conservation area in 1970. The jewel in the crown is The Lumley Chapel, the oldest building in Cheam. Originally the chancel of the thirteenth-century church, the chapel takes its name
from John, Lord Lumley. He was a prominent Catholic aristocrat and antiquarian at the time of Elizabeth I, and is buried in great splendour within. Along with Lumley’s tomb, and those of his two successive wives,
the Chapel boasts a wealth of monuments from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Karen Chester will lead us on an hour-long guided walking tour of the village with reference to Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace, which stood nearby. We’ll venture inside the Lumley Chapel, and finish with a visit to the Whitehall Museum. (Please note: There is a charge of £1.60 per person entry to the Museum – but well worth it!)
We hope to round off the day with a picnic in the park. Bring your own pre-packed picnic goodies, or buy them in Cheam on the day. If it turns out to be wet (it is August, after all), we’ll go to ye olde pub instead!
The administrative stuff:
The day is FREE to Members of the Early Modern Society and their guests. You will need to cover your own costs of travel (trains leave from London Victoria), admissions and refreshments. Numbers are limited, so please register with Anne Byrne by Wednesday next 12 August. She will email the meeting-up details to those who have registered.