Honeywood Museum

Honeywood Museum, Carshalton: Hours, Address, Honeywood Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Honeywood Museum
4.5
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Honeywood Museum is a Grade II listed building next to the picturesque Carshalton Ponds in the heart of Carshalton's Conservation Area. The family-friendly museum re-opened in May 2012 after a complete refurbishment following an HLF grant. It has beautifully restored period details including the Edwardian Billiards Room, Drawing Room and Bathroom. There are exhibitions which tell the fascinating history of the house and the people who lived there, and an on-going diary of events which illuminate the history of Carshalton, the Borough of Sutton, and a fascinating range of topics beyond. Look out for the delightful collection of Edwardian toys on display in the Childhood Room and visit the lovely tea room and the Museum's shop with its wide range of publications and unusual gifts. Entry is FREE.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Brendan
Croydon, UK5 contributions
Mixed experience.
Jul 2021 • Couples
Lovely setting , great coffee , polite staff . Downsides £5.00 for a slice of cake (not priced at counter ) , incredibly slow service .
Written July 15, 2021
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Mark T
Carshalton, UK48 contributions
A nice hot drink
Sep 2020 • Family
Just so friendly and welcoming, recommended for a coffee, tea and cake and even a beer. The museum and shop are good too.
Written December 6, 2020
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Jean F
Great Bookham, UK208 contributions
Review of cafe only, disappointing
Sep 2020 • Friends
This is a review of the café at Honeywood, which is nicely situated overlooking Carshalton Ponds, with plenty of outside seating. Following the coronavirus lockdown, I met a friend here for lunch, chosen especially because we could sit outside. A very mixed experience, queue outside to order your food, indicate your choice of table which is then 'sterilised'. It was quite busy, so we had to choose a table located on a narrow strip of grass between a footpath and the water. Table and chairs were sprayed and we were told to wait 30 seconds. Obviously they didn't dry in that time, so we wiped them down with tissues - not a good experience as frankly they needed a jolly good clean. Thankfully our toasted paninis were hot and delicious, safely served on thick paper plates. Afterwards I tried to use the one unisex loo, the door didn't bolt and the floor was filthy - I didn't go further! Rather a shame, this place could have so much going for it, but needs more care and attention. We won't be back.
Written September 13, 2020
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Foodie7491
Carshalton, UK145 contributions
Great local history museum ......
Mar 2020
A lovely little local history Museum which has a small tea room. A great place for all ages. It's well worth a visit if you're in the Carshalton area.
Written March 8, 2020
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Georgina B
Carshalton, UK13 contributions
Great Local History Museum
Sep 2019
Lovely little local history museum with a small cafe, definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written October 9, 2019
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Kelly
Deal, UK17 contributions
Excellent local museum
Dec 2018 • Family
Excellent museum right in the heart of Carshalton. Great events throughout the year with craft got the kids during the school breaks. The exhibitions change on a regular basis which keeps it contemporary. Children freindly too. Clean toilet. Great gift shop.
Written June 23, 2019
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RacJ
London, UK6 contributions
Fab tea room. Love love love
Jun 2019
Brilliant fresh quality ingredients. Great setting. Love it. Best place in Carshalton to eat lunch/sandwiches/afternoon tea etc. Love the chilled staff too.
Written June 2, 2019
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KWH53
London, UK49 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Mar 2019 • Friends
Small museum/house in a lovely location by Carshalton pond, feels like you're in the countryside. Parts of the museum/house are very old and hearing about the history of the house is very interesting. The museum is run by helpful volunteers who give you a typed self-guided tour of the house which is easy to follow. You can easily get around in an hour or two. There's lots of local social history and fascinating facts and photos about real people from the area and the lives they would have lived. Interesting even if you're not from the Sutton/Carshalton area. Lovely little tea room with outside chairs by the pond if the weather is good or inside if not. We had a panini and scones which were fresh and delicious. They also have home made soup on the menu but you need to get in quick for that. All the prices were very reasonable. This museum would be interesting for all age groups and easily accessible by bus or train. A worthwhile afternoon out but there are quite a few staircases to negotiate in the house. Check opening days/hours before you come as they're not open all days of the week.
Written March 29, 2019
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Master Jonjon
London, UK294 contributions
It had been one full year plus a summer
Oct 2018 • Solo
... since my exploration of Sutton the Borough, and throughout the period I was asking myself – would there be a local museum for this small, peripheral borough just until recently was engulfed into London? And it turned out that I had come to the right place. You could remember that we had already visited Whitehall for the small town of Cheam and Nonsuch Mansion for a previous glorious palace, and now it’s time for a little bit wider while staying in the present tense.

Find yourself in a historic house with a balance between paintings, history and artifacts. The history section presented Sutton as a fast-evolving town following the 19th century railway boom (the result of which still largely visible today, with it being the largest town of the area). You’d also realize that Carlshalton – just a few miles away – had been pretty much stagnant in terms of urbanization. You would then realize the power of land leases, for back then Carshalton Park’s landlord was reluctant towards laying railways on his land and the result was thus straightforward.

More history was to follow on first floor, where the focus was on Carshalton and its River Wandle. The river was useful as an energy source for watermill factories until the advent of steam engines, which closed them down one by one.

And finally, the museum also housed a number of paintings by local artists (all indexed, in a bulky volume in the snooker room). This would include Frank Dickinson (1874-1961), the owner of Little Holland House (which I was yet to pay a visit to!).

Honeywood was built in the 17th century on an unusual site – right on top of a stream that was too weak to turn mills. Which means that it was there for a different reason possibly for the cold baths that the site would convenient provide.

The ground floor gallery showcased a rich collection of portraits by the photographer Knights-Whittome, who had shot photographic works numbering around ten thousand, for the early 20th century Sutton giving us a fair glimpse into the life here back then. The collection was recovered in his house in 1978, having been abandoned for long and shortly before it was demolished.

~master jonjon
Written February 6, 2019
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Christhewino
Carshalton, UK184 contributions
It is only small but packed with local history
Jan 2019 • Family
Honeywood is a wonderful local resource. It has it's own fascinating history but also always contains an event or two detailing something from the Borough's past. There are regular talks from local historians and a nice shop too. There is a basic cafe here as well.
Written February 5, 2019
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  • Wed - Fri 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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