A House Through the Ages: The Hilton, Sutton – Episode 5: A Family of Teachers

Today’s blog continues research into Sutton property ‘The Hilton’, a series of histories compiled by volunteer Clive Orton.  In today’s episode, Clive looks at the Hunt family, who occupied the house after 1896. We rejoin Clive as he connects up the timeline of the house, between the Kennedy family (episodes 1 & 2) and their…

Gunpowder & Glory: The Incredible Story of Frank Brock & the Brock’s Factory at War

You may have seen links to a suite of new educational resources for Primary children on the Sutton Heritage social media feeds over the last few weeks, some of which have used an image of the famous Brock’s firework factory in Cheam. In its heyday, Brock’s factory held a warrant for ‘Pyrotechnisis by Appointment to…

Ramadan During Lockdown

Originally posted on Whitehall Historic House:
Scheherazade works in Sutton’s Cultural Services team. In this diary entry – part of #TheLocalsDiaries project, she shares her reflections on Ramadan during lockdown. At the last Clap for Carers event I noticed a new muslim family several houses away; smiling, joining in with the clapping, while the youngest…

The Last Family Portrait: The Polhills & A Lost Generation

The Past on Glass photographic collection dates between 1904-1918, and portraits from it depict lives on the verge, or in the midst of, vast change. The single group portrait we have of the Polhill family, taken in December 1910, was one of those glass plate negatives repaired by our conservator, and digitised in the second…

‘A person of considerable charm, not always kept under control’: Martha Dicey & The Hardwicke Marriage Act

What is the connection between the (now migrated) great Gates of Carshalton Park and the 1753 Hardwicke Marriage Act? No, its not a trick question… in another post designed to delve deeper into some of the names and stories reflected in Sutton Archives collections, today’s blog comes from local historian Andrew Skelton whose ongoing research…

A House Through the Ages: The Hilton, Sutton – Episode 3: ‘A Retired Sea-Captain…’

Today’s post continues the story of ‘The Hilton’, and the lives of those that lived there through time.  In Episode 3, Clive looks back to the first occupant of the house, which was situated on Benhill Road in Sutton from 1876… Episode 3: A retired sea-captain comes to Sutton by Clive Orton If I had…

Writing on Glass: ‘Portrait of a library archivist’ by Roger Halton

In these times of social distancing many of us will be filling our evenings by trying a new hobby from home – perhaps having a go at that novel at last! In 2018, Sutton Archives collaborated with Sutton Writers to produce a beautiful volume of fictional work, based on the Knights-Whittome glass plate collection. Today,…