Object of the Month

Norah Travers (1858-1922)

This month’s OTM (Object of The Month) are two beautiful paintings of Travers Cottages, You can see these at Cheam Library during opening hours.

Here you will find some information about Norah Travers and her family who lived in the local area, Enjoy!

OTM displayed at Cheam Library
OTM displayed at Cheam Library

Norah Travers was born in Cheam in 1858. Her father, Otho Travers was a successful farmer. On the 1861 census he is at Church Farm in Cheam with 307 acres and employing 15 men and boys. He was a churchwarden at St Dunstan’s Church, on the management committee of the Parochial Rooms and a member of Cheam Cricket Club.

Norah’s mother, Henrietta, died when Norah was just 9 years old and her Aunt Jane moved in to help the large family – there were 8 children to care for. They lived in Church Farmhouse at the end of Spring Close Lane.

Florence married a naval lieutenant called Arthur Limpus in 1888 and spent much of her life abroad as her husband worked his way up the naval hierarchy in South Africa, China and Turkey, eventually becoming an admiral at Malta.

Travers Cottages in Malden Road
Travers Cottages in Malden Road

When her father retired from farming, Norah and one of her brothers lived briefly in Brighton Road, Sutton with Otho before settling into a house called Balley Dawley on Pond Hill (now Malden Road). Following Otho’s death in 1895, Norah with her sister Marion stayed on in Cheam until Norah’s death in January 1922.

Travers, Red Lion Street
Travers, Red Lion Street



You can see the Object of the Month and all of the objects discussed here in their accompanying display currently on at Cheam Library (Church Rd, Sutton, SM3 8QH) during regular library opening times.




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