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…

‘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…