Sutton’s cultural gems on display for Open House weekend

Sutton’s cultural gems on display for Open House weekend

The magic and majesty of Sutton’s heritage will be open to the public this month as part of the capital’s annual Open House Weekend. Twelve historic or innovative buildings will be open for free to the public for the annual event which takes place on Saturday, 20th September and Sunday, 21st September 2014.

Honeywood in full bloom on 22nd September

Honeywood Museum

Residents can explore historic buildings, see exhibitions and discover more about sustainable architecture.Among the buildings taking part this year are The Circle Library in Carshalton, Whitehall in Cheam, BedZED & Regeneration of Hackbridge and Little Holland House in Carshalton. The Sutton Life Centre will be hosting kids activities and tours on Saturday, 20th September. Two guided walks have also been organised on Sunday, 21st September 2014. One is ‘A Look at Old Carshalton’, led by local historian Andrew Skelton. The other is a 75-minute tour of sustainable buildings in the borough, starting in Sutton.

More information can be found by visiting and check if you need to book in advance.

Councillor Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:

“We have a rich heritage right here on our doorstep and Open House weekend is a great chance to uncover the borough’s past. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the kind of modern buildings we all see on TV and look at the technology behind sustainable buildings. Not only that but there are special activities going on for all the family so there is something for everyone.”

Sutton Life Centre

Sutton Life Centre

Buildings in Sutton taking part are:

The Circle Library, Green Wrythe Lane, Carshalton (Sat only)

Sutton Life Centre, Alcorn Close, Sutton (Sat only)

All Saints Church, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)

Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)

Whitehall, 1 Malden Road, Cheam (Sat & Sun)

St Nicholas Church, Gibson Road, Sutton (Sun only)

BedZED & Regeneration of Hackbridge, 24 Helios Road, Wallington (Sat only)

Carshalton Water Tower & Historic Gardens, West Street, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)

Lumley Chapel, St Dunstan’s Churchyard, Cheam (Sat & Sun)

Little Holland House, 40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton (Sat only)

Russettings, 25 Worcester Road, Sutton (Sun only)


This Bank Holiday weekend….Why not visit historic Little Holland House, 40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton

What is Little Holland House? Visit the former house of Frank R Dickinson (1874-1961), artist, designer and craftsman, who built his house between 1902-04 in the English Arts and Crafts style, following the teachings and philosophies of William Morris and John Ruskin.

Inside the Grade II listed interior are his hand-made furniture, paintings, interior decoration, carvings and metalwork, which still inspire visitors today. With very limited resources Dickinson built the house and its furniture himself. Further more information call 020 8770 4781. When: Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August, 1.30-5.30pm

Where: Little Holland House, 40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 3LW Entry: Group visits and guided tours available at £5 per person, outside normal opening hours.

A unique interpretation of the English Arts and Crafts Movement…

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OPEN Open 1.30pm – 5.30pm on the first Sunday of each month plus Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday (except Christmas and New Year) Admission free.  Wheelchair access to ground floor.

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How to get there:

40 Beeches Avenue,

By Rail: Carshalton Beeches (3 min. walk) or
Road: B278 (there is no off-street parking).
Location: Check the Little Holland House Map

For details call (020) 8770 4781

Group tours by arrangement – £5 per person to a maximum of 20.

In 2012 Little Holland House was given a Bronze Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme for its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by increasing insulation, renewing water tanks and replacing tungsten lighting.


Sutton opens buildings for Open House weekend: 21st and 22nd September

Fans of fine buildings and architecture will get the chance to explore various venues across Sutton in this year’s Open House weekend. Open House London is an annual event in which buildings throw open their doors to the public so they can experience the finest of ancient and modern architecture.

imagesCAQ64T1NA local treasure is Honeywood, a chalk and flint house dating to the 17th Century. This house in Carshalton is our local museum and was reopened following a £900,000 renovation scheme.

Other local “open houses” are Carshalton Park Grotto, off Ruskin Road, All Saints Church by the Ponds, The Water Tower in West Street, The Charles Cryer Studio Theatre in Carshalton High Street, and Little Holland House in Beeches Avenue, Carshalton.

Carshalton Central ward Cllr. Jill Whitehead, who is Chair of Sutton’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: “This event is a great way to encourage the community to interact with the buildings around them.”

“It offers a fascinating insight to both modern and traditional architecture.”

Banstead Road and Beeches Avenue – protecting nesting birds in overgrown hedges…

This is a picture of the nicely trimmed hedges in Banstead Road earlier this year! Following our recent request for the now- very-overgrown hedges in Banstead Road and Beeches Avenue, Carshalton Beeches to be attended to, action will take place soon, as is explained in a letter in from the council officer:-

Dear Cllr Pollock

thank you for your enquiries regarding the hedge cutting in Banstead Road and Beeches Avenue. 

We do not start hedge cutting in Parks or on the Highways until the last week of July and it normally takes about two weeks for completion. The reason we do not start hedge cutting before the end of July is that we try to follow the RSPB guide lines (attached);(please click on: Nesting birds) I will ask the Councils verge contractor to prioritise these two roads and to make them the first to be cut.

I hope the above has been of some help and if you have any further quires please do not hesitate to contact me, if you wish to talk to me directly my contact number is 020 8770 4637.

Kind Regards

Mick Ede

Senior Contract Supervising Officer