Why all the talk about Priest Holes?

Some of you may be wondering why we have been Twittering about Priest Holes recently. Good question, it’s not something that normally crops up in our daily conversation and it’s not something that’s obviously connected with Cheam Charter Fair. Well, the great news is that we were recently made aware of a genuine Priest Hole …

Fair history; the plot thickens. No sign in 1860s but Cheam brothers fight using poker.

A look through the Sutton Journal newspapers of 1864/5 have not revealed any references to Cheam Charter Fair which casts further doubt on the Fair’s continuous operation since 1259. Reading the articles in these old newspapers does however give an interesting insight into Victorian Cheam in the 1860s and shows how life has changed, but …

Any Mummers around Cheam?

The programme for the 1951 Cheam Charter Fair mentions a ‘Mumming Play‘. It’s surprising how many people don’t know what a Mumming (or Mummers) play is. Anyone know if there are still any troupes in the Cheam area?

Cheam Charter Fair information and photos

We are trying to gather information and photos relating to Cheam Charter Fair. If you have anything of interest please contact us via cheamcharterfair.org.uk. If possible we would also like to make your submissions available to Sutton Library’s Local Studies & Archives Centre.