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…

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…

How did we do?

  After four amazing years, the funded work of the Past on Glass project is finally drawing to a close. We’ve scanned over 10,600 glass plates, nearly 3000 were sent to a wonderful conservator, researched several hundred lives, and matched up families with photos of relatives they had never seen.  Work will carry on as…

What Became of These Likely Lads?

This week marks the return of London Writers Week, a celebration of new writing in the UK, and also 106 years since a particular David Knights-Whittome photograph was taken of the Carshalton Convent School boys. An unlikely connection it may seem! However, as you may know, over the last year we are proud to have…

Reflections on the Year…

  With the New Year fast approaching most of us will be looking to make some new resolutions.  While we can’t profess to have been as angelic as Marcia Hanbury (photographed here by Knights-Whittome c.1906), here at the project we feel overall very proud of our achievements this last year… With almost three and a…

The Story of Hampton Lea: Uncovering Hidden Histories

Today’s post is a wonderful piece of research by our dedicated project volunteer Kathy Nichols, who has an aptitude for historical research and always seems able to find a good story among our plates. Again, it is an example of how sometimes something which has a seemingly quite indirect connection to the subject of your research, leads you down…