A House Through The Ages, Series 2, Episode 1: Benfleet Hall – Requiem for a Wood

Today sees the launch of our second A House Through The Ages blog series by Sutton Archives volunteer Clive.  This research has been completed entirely by Clive during lockdown from the comfort of his own home, and just shows what can be done with perseverance and a curious mind. We hope that these posts will…

Amy Margaret Hartley: one woman’s kindness to patients in pain

It has been a while since this blog featured a research subject from the David Knights-Whittome photographic archive.  Today, we return to the collection, and focus on one of the female subjects of our glass plates. As always, we welcome feedback and comment on all our posts, and encourage you to share our image database…

Stinkpipes and Sewers: A Fragrant History of Carshalton

If you’ve seen these ornate and wonderful looking ironwork columns around Carshalton and wondered what they are, today’s post – whose text has been partly adapted from Sutton’s Local Listing Directory and Historic England’s Listing website – should answer a few of your queries. Clearly, street furniture like this does not form part of the…

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…

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…