Cheam is It is made up of North Cheam and Cheam Village, which contain both retail and residential roads, and South Cheam, which is just residential. Cheam Village has many listed buildings , including Lumley Chapel and the 16th-century Whitehall , and is adjacent to two large adjoining parks, Nonsuch Park and Cheam Park. Nonsuch Park contains the listed Nonsuch Mansion. Parts of Cheam Park and Cheam Village are in a conservation area.
Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan explain why they chose to exhume the past in The Dig, a drama about the discovery of remarkable historical artefacts in Suffolk in the s. Like daredevil adventurer Indiana Jones, the archaeologist portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in his new film wears a hat, digs up relics and sometimes finds himself in life-imperilling situations. For one thing, the man Fiennes plays - humble amateur archaeologist Basil Brown - was very much real. So too was the Anglo-Saxon burial ship he helped unearth at Sutton Hoo, one of the most significant historical finds to ever be located on the British Isles. That astonishing discovery forms the basis of The Dig, a historical drama in which history itself comes under the microscope. Based on a novel by John Preston, it's about uncovering the past at a time when England and the world faced an uncertain future.
The present day Clapham High Street is an ancient Roman road. According to its inscription, the stone was erected by Vitus Ticinius Ascanius. It is estimated to date from the 1st century. According to the history of the Clapham family, maintained by the College of Heralds , in King Edgar of England gave a grant of land at Clapham to Jonas, son of the Duke of Lorraine, and Jonas was thenceforth known as Jonas "de [of] Clapham". The family remained in possession of the land until Jonas's great-great grandson Arthur sided against William the Conqueror during the Norman invasion of and, losing the land, fled to the north where the Clapham family remained thereafter, primarily in Yorkshire.