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Little Holland House
40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton SM5 3LW

Click HERE for an extensive Little Holland House Picture Gallery

The Sitting Room in Little Holland House

Opening Times

Opens on the first Sunday of each month 11:00-17:00
No booking required. Free admission, donations welcomed

Sunday 1 July 11:00-17:00

Sunday 5 August 11:00-17:00

Sunday 2 September 11:00-17:00

Sunday 7 October 11:00-17:00

Sunday 4 November 11:00-17:00

Visit the former home of Frank R. Dickinson (1874-1961), artist, designer and craftsman, who built his house in the English Arts and Crafts style between 1902-4, following the teachings and philosophies of William Morris and John Ruskin. The result is a unique blend of traditional and Art Nouveau, which has featured in several recent television series on architectural history. Inside the Grade II* listed interior are his hand-made furniture, paintings, interior decoration, carvings and metalwork, which still inspire visitors today. With very limited financial resources Dickinson actually built the house and its furniture himself – the ultimate in D.I.Y.!

Wheelchair access: the building has an exterior front step, but the ground floor interior
is all on one level
We regret there are no disabled toilet facilities

Due to the fragile nature of the interior at the moment we are unable to welcome children’s buggies


Friday 20 July 14:00-16:00

Friday 17 August 14:00-16:00

Thursday 13 September 14:00-16:00

Thursday 18 October 14:00-16:00

Friday 16 November 14:00-16:00

Enjoy a special afternoon or evening visit to this unique house accompanied by a guide

A chance to make yourself at home and spend time in the extraordinary decorative interior of the house

Discover some of the sources that inspired Frank Dickinson’s creativity

Tickets are £6.50 including tea, coffee and cake. Please pre-book on 020 8770 4297 as places are limited


Carshalton Artists Open Studios

Weekends 23/24 June & 30 June/1 July 10:00-17:00

In June and July Carshalton Artists Open Studios will again celebrate the rich diversity of artistic expression, cultural activities and heritage within the historic village of Carshalton, South London. Key to this trail will be Sutton Heritage’s delightful arts and crafts inspired Little Holland House and culturally significant Honeywood Museum.

Honeywood Museum in central Carshalton is already a key part of any family weekend, its beautiful location giving way to stunning interiors that showcase the boroughs collection of local art and artefacts. For CAOS they have planned something very special; a historical arts trail that guides you through the house’s vast art collection, an extraordinary exhibition by Sutton Archives that documents the lives of ordinary local women during the early period of the nineteenth century and a free drop in craft activity for the whole family. Let’s not forget the lovely café as well, which all makes Honeywood Museum an essential stop on the CAOS art trail.

Little Holland House, Carshalton Beaches, will be an exciting new addition to the arts trail for CAOS in 2018 (10:00-17:00 not Saturday 30 June). Newly refurbished, its suburban exterior gives way to a breath-taking interior unique in its use of William Morris inspired arts and crafts. Little Holland will open specially for CAOS on the Sundays of both weekends and it is a real gem that is still inspiring people years after its creation by one man, Frank Dickinson.

Both houses have disabled access to the lower floor, via a small step, but buggies will need to be left at the door.

A Home to Hallow the Heart

Wednesday 3 October 19:30

An evening of entertainment at the incomparable Arts & Crafts home of Frank and Florence Dickinson with Mr and Mrs Bower and Friends from Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club. Join us at Little Holland House for readings from the works of Mr Dickinson and others he admired, and some of his favourite songs and music.

Non alcoholic celebratory drinks and savoury nibbles will be served in the interval.

Tickets are £6.50 including refreshments. Please telephone 020 8770 4297 to book.

 Family Craft Afternoon: Truth to Nature

Thursday 25 October 13:30-15:00

Come to Little Holland House and be inspired by the Dickinsons' love of nature and the local landscape.  After creating your own crafty masterpiece to take home, take a trail around the house (look out for hidden animals!) and sit down in our arts and crafts living room for storytelling.

Limited numbers, please call 0208 770 4297 to book

£4 per child (adults free, children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times). Designed for ages 4+.


Garden project

There is some research being undertaken into the history of the Little Holland House garden with a view to restoring the layout as far as possible to Frank and Florence Dickinson’s Arts and Crafts design. We would be very grateful to anyone who may have photographs of the front or back areas or any information to get in touch.

If you are
interested in gardening or garden history, and would like to be involved in this fascinating project please join our great garden volunteer team

Please email Jane Howard or phone her on 07850 096811.

How to get there

By Rail: Carshalton Beeches (3 minute walk)
By car or by foot: B278 (no off-street parking)
By Bus:
For further details call 020 8770 4781

Unless stated otherwise, all words and pictures are Copyright © The Friends of Honeywood Museum 2006 - 2018

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