A Virtual Work Experience Placement – Reflecting on the history all around us…

In current times, much about our daily lives and working practices has had to adapt. For many students, their work experience placements, so eagerly anticipated, have been put on hold, or been cancelled.  We were hugely impressed by our most recent work experience candidate Arthur who, undaunted by the fact that a physical placement was…

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 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…

‘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…