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Cheam is to the far west of the London Borough of Sutton, bordered on the south by Banstead and the west by Ewell, both of which are in Surrey.

Cheam Village in the centre of the ward and was declared a Conservation Area in about 1970. Part of the village is much older than Sutton and there is the ancient chapel adjacent to St Dustan's Church now in the ownership of an Ecclesiastical body. The Roman Catholic Church is built in the grounds of the original Cheam School. The houses around the village include old cottages built up to about 500 years ago and modern Tudor style properties to replace originals destroyed in the war.

Cheam has its own railway station, which provides links to London Victoria, Horsham, Epsom and Dorking.

Cheam is well blessed with open spaces with Cheam Park and Cheam Recreation Ground close to the village and adjoining Nonsuch Park and two golf courses. The recreation ground has a bowling green, children's play areas, and tennis courts.

Whitehall is a part of 15th Century cottage, extended in Victorian times, now owned by the local authority and partly subsided by The Friends of Whitehall. It was once used as Cheam School and is now a modern museum with a tearoom, which serves cakes, tea and coffee made by the Friends.

Cheam has a modern library built close to the war memorial.

While the northern part are mainly inter-war semi-detached and terraced houses with small gardens, the majority of the south is large detached houses with large gardens, some of which are in the green belt.

Cheam has three schools: Cheam High School, St Dustan's C of E Primary School and a private school, Glaisdale.

There are 9,695 residents in Cheam.