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Sutton Heritage Sharing information about the borough's history, heritage & historic house museums, including exhibitions & events. Part of London Borough of Sutton Cultural Services.
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Welcome to Sutton Heritage, part of London Borough of Sutton Cultural Services Honeywood Museum is an intriguing Grade II listed house next to Carshalton Ponds, predominantly Edwardian but with structural evidence which dates it back to the 17th Century. Opening times:Wed-Fri 11am-5pm Sat & Sun 10am-5pm Address: Honeywood Walk, Carshalton , SM5 3NX Contact: [email protected] Tel: 020 8770 4297 Whitehall Historic House is a Grade II* listed Tudor building in Cheam Village. Recognised as being a rare example of surviving domestic architecture, the house reopened in 2018 following a major NLHF refurbishement. Opening times: Thurs, Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm Address: 1 Malden Road, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8QD Contact: [email protected] Tel: 020 8770 5670 Little Holland House is the former home of Frank R. Dickinson, artist, designer and craftsman, who designed and built his home in the English Arts and Crafts style between 1902-4. Opening times: first Sunday of the month, 11am-5pm, or by appointment at other times for private group tours. Address: 40 Beeches Ave,Carshalton, United Kingdom Contact:[email protected] Tel: 020 8770 4297 FREE ADMISSION, DONATIONS WELCOMED

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A new opportunity is available for friendly, reliable & I.T. literate individuals to support the Census 2021. Volunteer ...
23/01/2021

A new opportunity is available for friendly, reliable & I.T. literate individuals to support the Census 2021. Volunteer Census Support Advisors will help our community complete surveys. If this sounds like you or someone you know, apply now.
http://orlo.uk/dbQ0G

#FridayFeature. While #HoneywoodMuseum is temporarily closed each Friday we will feature exhibition content from the hou...
22/01/2021

#FridayFeature. While #HoneywoodMuseum is temporarily closed each Friday we will feature exhibition content from the house. This week's image is 'Carshalton Classic 1970' by Freda Muriel Wright (d.2013) from 'There's No Place Like Home Exhibition'. This large, detached, double-pile house in West Street, Carshalton is of rather uncertain date. The elaborate cornice, heavily moulded window surrounds and keystones on the corners suggest that it was built in the early 18th century but the details could be later embellishments. The lattice-work porch is probably 19th century. Larger old houses commonly had a front and back blocks with two roofs and a valley gutter between them. This sort of building would have been the home of a prosperous tradesman or minor gentry. See more of this exhibition online on the @TheFriendsOfHoneywoodMuseum: http://orlo.uk/4g9Q9

‘Walking in Holborn, thinking about Chapter 5 of AGY, feeling into where it needs to go. I see this man sleeping in a do...
21/01/2021

‘Walking in Holborn, thinking about Chapter 5 of AGY, feeling into where it needs to go. I see this man sleeping in a doorway. I’m moved to tears to see his shoes at the door. We leave our shoes at the doorway of our home too. Our home isn’t a doorway though.’

Community artist SamiArt sketched this quick digital drawing into Google Notes on her phone, whilst developing A Good Yarn project. The experience influenced her decision to work with homeless people for the next stage of the project.

A Good Yarn exhibition opened at #WhitehallHistoricHouse on the 3 Dec 2020. We’re sad not to be currently sharing it with our visitors, therefore whilst our doors are temporarily closed we’re sharing stories and images from the exhibition here and on our Whitehall blog: http://orlo.uk/mV9Jf

Visit Samia’s website to find out more about the wider #AGY project and to purchase a selection of her hand made items - 20% of sales during the exhibition to be made to Sutton Night Watch Charity for the Homeless and the Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton:
http://orlo.uk/GuoeT

#ThrowbackThursday. January 18th was #NationalWinnieThePoohDay. To celebrate we have a #throwback post from 'Winnie The ...
21/01/2021

#ThrowbackThursday. January 18th was #NationalWinnieThePoohDay. To celebrate we have a #throwback post from 'Winnie The Pooh and Friends Weekend' at #HoneywoodMuseum in 2020. Children followed a Winnie The Pooh themed trail & took part in craft activities.

Would you like to trace your family tree using Sutton records of censuses, marriage certificates, parish records & more?...
20/01/2021

Would you like to trace your family tree using Sutton records of censuses, marriage certificates, parish records & more? Library card users can access Sutton records for free at the moment by clicking this link: http://orlo.uk/l2XSA

Records include:
Marriages, Births, Baptisms and Burials - This collection contains images of Church of England baptism, marriage, and burial records from various parishes in Sutton, England.1538-1985
Water Rates 1868-1911
Tax Collection 1783-1914
Electoral Registers 1933-1970
Royal Female Orphanage Records 1890-1913

19/01/2021
Fairies Woodland Party Exhibition Highlights Video

While #HoneywoodMuseum is temporarily closed you can still enjoy highlights from 'The Fairies Woodland Party Exhibition' from Sutton South Hello Club Who can you find in Honeywood's woodland glades?

The latest Sutton Cultural Scene newsletter is out now! Featuring: 🎥A Good Yarn Exhibition Highlights Video 📖Interactive...
18/01/2021

The latest Sutton Cultural Scene newsletter is out now! Featuring:
🎥A Good Yarn Exhibition Highlights Video
📖Interactive Home Learning Activities for Kids
📰Find out about The Times Digital Archive

Read here: http://orlo.uk/D4BdT

Sign up to the next edition:http://orlo.uk/WzQQQ

#MondayMotivation. The Locals: Diaries project, sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Funded, has now closed howeve...
18/01/2021
The Locals Diaries: Home Studio | Episode 1 - Blind Drawing

#MondayMotivation. The Locals: Diaries project, sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Funded, has now closed however you can still join local artist Doug Shaw, as he hosts workshops themed around different art practices. These are basic sessions introducing creative ideas around painting, illustration, poetry etc. encouraging participants to experiment with diverse creative outputs. Episode 1 is 'Blind Drawing':

Welcome to The Locals Diaries: Home Studio. Episode 1 - Blind Drawing. Strange times we are in…have you thought about drawing it out?The Locals: Diaries proj...

The Friends of Honeywood Museum have been busy putting together an excellent online exhibition of Edwardian postcards. T...
16/01/2021

The Friends of Honeywood Museum have been busy putting together an excellent online exhibition of Edwardian postcards.

This image shows a Carshalton Lavender growers homestead that once over looked Park Hill Chalk pit- the face of chalk pit can be seen on the left.

Can you make out the message on the back of the card?

To see more period postcards of scenes from across Carshalton, Beddington and Wallington visit: http://orlo.uk/s5wWU

#FridayFeature. While #HoneywoodMuseum is temporarily closed each Friday we will take a look at exhibition content from ...
15/01/2021

#FridayFeature. While #HoneywoodMuseum is temporarily closed each Friday we will take a look at exhibition content from the house. The 'Autumn Leaf Sampler' by Sarah Hickman, and is part of The Honeywood Embroidery group exhibition. Did you know that samplers were a popular way of teaching embroidery to young girls in the 17th to 19th centuries?

As we all play our part in keeping the community protected and healthy, please watch this short message from Dr. Imran C...
15/01/2021
A message from Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health

As we all play our part in keeping the community protected and healthy, please watch this short message from Dr. Imran Choudhury, Sutton's Director of Public Health, informing everyone of fundamental safe actions during these times. #KeepSuttonSafe

14/01/2021
The Fairies Woodland Party Exhibition Video

While #HoneywoodMuseum is temporarily closed you can still enjoy highlights from 'The Fairies Woodland Party' Exhibition from Sutton South Hello Club Who can you find in Honeywood's woodland glades?

Happy Thai Pongal Day! Today is a special day for those of Tamil heritage, where they celebrate the harvest festival.
14/01/2021

Happy Thai Pongal Day! Today is a special day for those of Tamil heritage, where they celebrate the harvest festival.

Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more wit...
13/01/2021

Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more with Findmypast Visit your local library & access 'FindMyPast' using your Sutton Library Card.

12/01/2021
A Good Yarn Exhibition Highlights Video

#WhitehallHistoricHouse is temporarily closed but you can still get a flavour of this important project from @samiartstyle (Samia Tossio) in this video. Samia used finger knitting to engage with people through local charities for the homeless. Look out for more news stories from the Good Yarn Project throughout January.

As we all play our part in keeping the community protected and healthy, please watch this short message from Dr. Imran C...
07/01/2021
A message from Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health

As we all play our part in keeping the community protected and healthy, please watch this short message from Dr. Imran Choudhury, Sutton's Director of Public Health, informing everyone of fundamental safe actions during these times. #KeepSuttonSafe

A new opportunity is available for friendly, reliable & I.T. literate individuals to support the Census 2021. Volunteer ...
02/01/2021

A new opportunity is available for friendly, reliable & I.T. literate individuals to support the Census 2021. Volunteer Census Support Advisors will help our community complete surveys. If this sounds like you or someone you know, apply now.
http://orlo.uk/N5apG

As we all play our part in keeping the community protected and healthy, please watch this short message from Dr. Imran C...
30/12/2020
A message from Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health

As we all play our part in keeping the community protected and healthy, please watch this short message from Dr. Imran Choudhury, Sutton's Director of Public Health, informing everyone of fundamental safe actions during these times. #KeepSuttonSafe

Sutton Heritage wishes you a Merry Christmas!However you may be spending your Christmas this year, we hope you have a go...
25/12/2020

Sutton Heritage wishes you a Merry Christmas!

However you may be spending your Christmas this year, we hope you have a good time.

Image: Sutton Archives Local Studies Collection

#Day25 #christmascountdown #suttonheritage

#OnThisDay, there occurred the Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) of 1914. This was a se...
24/12/2020

#OnThisDay, there occurred the Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) of 1914. This was a series of widespread unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front during the First World War starting on Christmas Eve. The truce occurred only five months into the war.

For our last #ThrowbackThursday, we look back at our Object of the Month in December 2014. For Christmas 1914, Princess Mary organised a Christmas box to be sent to every sailor and soldier as a personal present sent from home to help them in their struggle. This gold lacquered box with an embossed lid included one ounce of pipe tobacco, twenty cigarettes, a pipe, a tinder lighter, a Christmas card and a photograph of the princess. Non-smokers received a pencil, paper and envelopes.

For further information about the Christmas box, please read our blog post via http://orlo.uk/H3gOp

#Day24 #christmascountdown #suttonheritage

Christmas is not recognised as a national holiday in Japan. However, Christmas is very popular and Japan has varying Chr...
23/12/2020

Christmas is not recognised as a national holiday in Japan. However, Christmas is very popular and Japan has varying Christmas traditions. Similar to the UK, the Japanese have Christmas cake. But, unlike the traditional fruit cake in the UK, the Japanese enjoy a sponge cake decorated with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Many people buy beautifully decorated strawberry Christmas cakes from patisseries.

Another fascinating Japanese Christmas fact is KFC is exceptionally popular during the Christmas period. Many families celebrate Christmas at home with a home cooked meal consisting of a roast chicken. However, it is very widespread to order KFC for the Christmas meal. KFC is so popular in Japan that people need to book one of KFC’s Christmas meal offers from November to make sure they can have one for Christmas. The Japan KFC Christmas campaign has been going since 1974 and it has become a symbol of Japanese Christmas.

#Day23 #christmascountdown #christmastraditions #suttonheritage

Did you know that in Iceland they don’t have one Santa? Instead they have 13 Christmas lads or Yule Lads whose parents a...
22/12/2020

Did you know that in Iceland they don’t have one Santa? Instead they have 13 Christmas lads or Yule Lads whose parents are trolls and live up in the mountains!

The first Yule Lad arrives 13 days before Christmas Eve and the last one arrives on Christmas Eve.

Icelandic children place a shoe in their bedroom window each evening leading to Christmas. Each evening a Yule Lad leaves sweets and small gifts or rotting potatoes in the shoe. Whether the child receives a gift or rotting potatoes depends on how the children behaved the previous day.

#Day22 #christmascountdown #chirstmastraditions #suttonheritage

Sutton Council are looking for the best poem on the theme of PARKS and LOCKDOWN. Prize of £50 book token for the winners...
22/12/2020

Sutton Council are looking for the best poem on the theme of PARKS and LOCKDOWN. Prize of £50 book token for the winners of each age category. Open to residents of the London Borough of Sutton.
http://orlo.uk/QrN6z

“The weather outside is frightful”, but we must admit that it’s not as harsh as in 1890 when it covered all of Park Lane...
21/12/2020

“The weather outside is frightful”, but we must admit that it’s not as harsh as in 1890 when it covered all of Park Lane in Cheam.

Image: Park Lane, Cheam c.1890, Mike Dunnett, 1986 (LDSCL : CH.098).

#Day21 #christmascountdown #suttonheritage

We're looking for Volunteer Census Support Advisors who are friendly, reliable & I.T. literate. You'll be important in s...
19/12/2020

We're looking for Volunteer Census Support Advisors who are friendly, reliable & I.T. literate. You'll be important in supporting the Census 2021, helping our community complete their surveys. If this sounds like you or someone you know, apply now.
http://orlo.uk/jpvfm

#WhitehallHistoricHouse is temporarily closed but you can still get a flavour of this important project from SamiArt, wh...
18/12/2020
A Good Yarn - Art Exhibition Trailer - Whitehall Historic House

#WhitehallHistoricHouse is temporarily closed but you can still get a flavour of this important project from SamiArt, which used finger knitting to engage with people through local charities for the homeless. Look out for more news stories from the Good Yarn Project throughout January:

Whitehall Historic House offers a flavour of this important project, which used finger knitting to engage with people through local charities for the homeles...

As many schools and businesses break for Christmas, we want to wish you all happy and healthy holidays with a message fr...
18/12/2020
A message from Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health

As many schools and businesses break for Christmas, we want to wish you all happy and healthy holidays with a message from Dr. Imran Choudhury, Sutton's Director of Public Health on how you can help #KeepSuttonSafe this festive season"

"Tis the season to eat cake!" This winter treat yourself to some sweet treats at Honeywood Tearooms. Did you know in som...
18/12/2020

"Tis the season to eat cake!"

This winter treat yourself to some sweet treats at Honeywood Tearooms.

Did you know in some countries Ferrero Rochers are only available during the winter season?
For example, in Portugal Ferrero Rouchers are only available October - May.

#Day18 #supportlocalbusiness #foodiefriday #christmascountdown #suttonheritage

In South Korea, Christmas is celebrated more as a commercial and romantic holiday, similar to Valentine’s Day, rather th...
17/12/2020

In South Korea, Christmas is celebrated more as a commercial and romantic holiday, similar to Valentine’s Day, rather than a religious holiday. Christmas is often referred to as ‘Valentine’s Day with Santa’ with people enjoying time with their partner. South Korea is a Buddhist country with a 20-30% Christian population which is the reason it is recognised as a national holiday. South Korea is the only East Asian nation to recognise Christmas as a national holiday.

Seasonal foods eaten during Winter include Tteokguk (떡국) - a rice cake soup in which the rice cake is filled with meat or seafood and served in a clear broth. The rice cakes symbolise prosperity and the clear soup represents a fresh start.

#Day17 #christmascountdown #christmastraditions #suttonheritage

“I sincerely hope your Christmas...may abound in the gaieties which the season generally brings…”― Jane Austen, Pride an...
16/12/2020

“I sincerely hope your Christmas...may abound in the gaieties which the season generally brings…”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen has various references to Christmas in her works. Have you got a favourite Christmas book or quote?

Staff have enjoyed reading their favourite winter books alongside hot chocolate and cake from Freedom Caffe, Whitehall Historic House.

#Day8 #christmascountdown #suttonheritage

Sutton Council
15/12/2020

Sutton Council

A message from Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, explaining why Sutton is moving into Tier 3 tomorrow and how we can all work together to keep Sutton safe:

"In Sutton, Covid-19 infection rates have increased by 45% in just 7 days.

The situation is really serious now and I need your help to share this message with everyone in our community.

We all need to take action now to reduce the spread of infection.”

Read the full message here: https://buff.ly/3r2lcY6

This is Joe, one of Whitehall Historic House's volunteers. He is the person to speak to about the history of the house &...
15/12/2020

This is Joe, one of Whitehall Historic House's volunteers. He is the person to speak to about the history of the house & Nonsuch Palace - he is very knowledgeable. Look out for Joe's facts about Whitehall coming to social media soon #BehindtheMask #JoesFacts

Sutton Cultural Services prides itself in the diversity of its staff and customers. For the next few weeks, we will be s...
15/12/2020

Sutton Cultural Services prides itself in the diversity of its staff and customers. For the next few weeks, we will be showcasing the diverse Christmas traditions that our staff members grew up with and/or celebrate.

“If you grew up in Greece, it is likely that Christmas reminds you of singing the ‘Kalanta’ (Greek Carols). There are different Kalanta sung on Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and on the day of the Epiphany in January. For this very old custom, small groups of children knock on every door in their neighbourhood, asking to sing the Kalanta, accompanied by metallic jingle triangles and, sometimes, other music instruments. If the landlord accepts, the children sing, and are given a small amount of money or Christmas sweets in return.
The earlier in the day you start caroling, the more money and sweets you are likely to get - if you got to the neighbours later in the day, they would likely respond that they‘ve already heard the song too many times by that point. So we would race to be the first to get to as many neighbours as possible from 7am on Christmas eve! There are, of course, all sorts of tricks to make a ‘business’ venture out of caroling - such as singing shorter versions of the Kalanta to help you get to more households fast, or bringing an extravagant music instrument with you. At the end of the day, you could impress your friends with your earnings - and subsequently get yourself an enviable gift!”
Marina (Heritage Engagement Officer)

#Day15 #christmascountdown #christmastraditions #suttonheritage

"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”Christmas eve ...
14/12/2020

"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”

Christmas eve is still a couple of weeks away but today we do have a mouse stirring around the house!

We'd like to introduce Millicent, the Whitehall Historic House Mouse. Millie for short. Far from being a pest, we are very pleased to welcome her as Whitehall’s new #MuseumMascot. She's busy getting into the Christmas spirit. Please make her feel welcome.

Thank you Helena Vaughan (http://orlo.uk/PoM2B) for bringing Millie to life.

We are happy to welcome visitors back to Whitehall Historic House and Honeywood Museum this December (Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 10-5pm). We have fun Christmas activities, don't miss out! You can book your place on our Christmas trails via http://orlo.uk/FiHkV

#Day14 #christmascountdown #suttonheritage

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We are looking for the best poem on the theme of PARKS and LOCKDOWN. Prize of £50 book token for the winners of each age category. Open to residents of the London Borough of Sutton.
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Hi … I was in Cheam on Wednesday 20th … and took this photo of Whitehall and the adjacent cottages and thought I would share it with you. After I reviewed the photo I thought it would be a bit of fun to make the picture more rural and in keeping with Whitehall so I edited it to remove the road and some of the 'modern' items and the bright blue banner … hope you like them 👍
Book tickets for this fun show running from 23-25 OCT at the Honeywood Museum! There are still tickets available! Discount code: SUTTON10 https://www.facebook.com/events/498368967652401/
Bring your toddler along to the Whitehall House Mice playgroup this Thurs morning! We're going to be planting seeds, getting messy and thinking about spring! Book at eventbrite.co.uk
NEW VLOG #69: IN SEARCH OF A SAXON BARROW: In this Vlog, I am off in search of a local Saxon Round Barrow (one of four) on Banstead Common in Surrey just off the A217 road (an ancient road from London to Brighton). Barrows are ancient burial mounds and during excavations in 1972, the remains of a 6ft Saxon Warrior were found along with four medieval execution victims from a nearby Gallows (hence the other name of this area is 'Gally Hills'). I end the walk visiting in an earlier filming location I once used / PLEASE CLICK ON YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS1Ew79Uo9s
The Whitehall House Mice had so much fun today! Check out our painting! Bring along your 18 month-3 year olds when we meet in March! Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-whitehall-house-mice-18-months-to-3yo-marching-around-tickets-52209518074?aff=erelexpmlt Whitehall, Cheam Sutton Heritage
Not many tickets left for the magic show! Pick up your free ticket from Tashas tearoom in Cheam villiage ☕🎩
The Bald Explorer and friends go in search of a Georgian grotto in Carshalton https://www.facebook.com/BaldExplorer/videos/268115743815380/
Hi All, my partner and I have just set up a dog walking club in Sutton offering 2.5k and 5k runs! Please check out our page and let me know your thoughts 🐶💛🐶💛 https://www.facebook.com/OscarandfriendsSM6/
Good afternoon all. I'm trying to find a piece of missing family history. I was wondering if it might jog anyone's memories? Please have a read through the article below.
If you're interested in the arts in the borough which with the closure of The Secombe and the fate of The Cryer, unknown come along to this free event and have your say: