From Little Hell to California

Continuing the pub history research, so well done by our volunteer Colin, today’s post looks at the evolution of “Belmont”. Follow the story of how this place came to be called so, and discover the pubs that are at the very heart of it. Belmont is a relatively recent name for the area along the…

Pub Histories: 18th Century Sutton Inns

Our past pub blogs have focused on individual establishments, but today we have a treat for you. Grab your hat and try to keep up: this week Colin is taking us all on an historical pub crawl through Eighteenth Century Sutton… Sutton in the 18th Century was a smaller village than nearby Carshalton, running ribbon-style…

A House Through the Ages: S3, Ep.4 – Like Father, Like Son

Today we return to the history of the White House, Cheam, as researched by our volunteer, Clive. Today’s episode builds on the Beck family history and follows the different threads of Simon and Sarah Beck’s children; their careers, travels, marriages, and adventures – adventures that frequently saw them return to Cheam. Over to Clive… The…

Pub Histories: The Harrow at Cheam

As one of the more prominent of Cheam’s pubs, one may have expected us to feature The Harrow, which stands on the main crossroads, a little sooner in our series of Cheam pub histories. But our delay in publishing this piece is for good reason. Prior to Christmas the archive was contacted by a number…

Pub Histories: The Red Lion, Cheam

One of the oldest pubs in the borough is (Ye Olde) Red Lion at Cheam – reputedly at least 450 years old. It has a priest hole in the fireplace, an original (c. 1550) well-shaft (35 ft deep and in use up until the 1930s) in the forecourt and low-beamed ceilings, characteristic of a classic…