Local Heritage

Whitehall ‘yarnbombed’: a community art project

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Today residents in Cheam are celebrating the 755th Traditional Charter Fair. To mark the occasion Whitehall has been covered – inside and out – in colourful knitted graffiti, known as ‘yarn-boming’.

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This has been a popular community art project spearheaded by the Friends of Whitehall and Sutton Council as part of the annual Charter Fair celebrations. Knitters from as far afield as Florida have volunteered hours of their time to produce hundreds of woollen flowers that have been draped all over the historic building. The decorations have been prepared by knitters aged between eight and ninety years of age and will be on display at Whitehall until the 18th May.

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Can you guess how many flowers there are? Come along on Saturday 17th May to take part in our free Charter Fair competition!

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Whitehall is at the centre of the village Charter Fair festivities with a range of events taking place during the week of the 12th May, which culminates in a street fair on the Saturday.

As well as guided tours of the Grade II* listed house, there are stalls, craft events, storytelling sessions and the museum will be also participating in Culture 24’s festival ‘Museums at Night’: http://www.culture24.org.uk/places-to-go/museums-at-night

For more information about the Charter Fair, including its history, please see the information below and the following link: http://cheamcharterfair.org.uk/

Charter Fair History
The fair is thought to date back to 1259 when Henry III granted Cheam a charter making it a town. Firm historical records of Cheam Charter Fair date back to the 1800s when a fairground accompanied the market. The fair is steeped in custom, with traders traditionally marking out their stalls with chalk in advance of the fair. To date no charter document has ever been discovered…

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