More Heritage Plaques get refurbished

Cllr. Hamish Pollock took these photos of more of our local heritage plaques that were refurbished recently in the council’s Environmental Improvements Programme masterminded by Carshalton Central ward Cllr. Jill Whitehead in her role as Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee and council officers.

Before the work started on refurbishment Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said (in March 2014):

“Sutton has a rich history and it’s important that we preserve it. We are committed to promoting our borough’s heritage and ensuring that it is accessible and inspirational for local people, and fosters citizenship, civic pride and a sense of belonging. The plaques are tributes and reminders of Sutton’s past and I look forward to seeing them returned to their former glory.”

For others in this series of articles see our 25th May 2014  and 21st March articles.

The Refurbished Honeywood Museum Plaque

The Refurbished Honeywood Museum Plaque

 

Old Carshalton Post Offices (old bank building)

Old Carshalton Post Offices (old bank building)

Carshalton’s Heritage Signs recently restored…

Cllr. Hamish Pollock took these pictures of the recently-restored heritage signs for the All Saints’ Church, Carshalton, IMG-20140506-01079Ann Boleyn’s Well by the Church and The Orangery of the former Carshalton Park House at the corner of The Square with Brookside. 

These signs were some of many similar signs restored as part of the council’s recent Environmental Improvements Programme, masterminded by Carshalton Central ward Cllr. Jill Whitehead in her role as Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee and council officers.

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A Taste of Honeywood

Honeywood in full bloom on 22nd September

Honeywood Museum is a Grade II listed building next to the picturesque Carshalton Ponds.  The family-friendly museum re-opened in May 2012 after a complete refurbishment following a grant from the HLF. It has beautifully restored period details including the Edwardian Billiards Room, Drawing Room and Bathroom. There are exhibitions which tell the fascinating history of the house and the people who lived there, and an on-going diary of events which illuminate the history of Carshalton and the Borough of Sutton. The friendly staff also oversee a delightful collection of Edwardian toys on display in the Childhood Room, a tea room and a shop with a wide range of publications and unusual gifts.

Where is Honeywood Museum?

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Honeywood Museum is the white building facing directly onto Carshalton Ponds, opposite the Greyhound Hotel in Pound Street. On the map below, Honeywood is indicated as the blue building at the end of Honeywood Walk and is marked by the word ‘MUS’ in the red circle.


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Travelling by foot

Honeywood can be accessed from North Street by way of Honeywood Walk, West Street by way of Festival Walk, or directly from Pound Street.

Travelling by bus

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127Purley – Woodcote Green – Wallington – Carshalton – Hackbridge – Mitcham – Tooting Broadway
157Morden – Rosehill – St. Helier Hospital – Carshalton – Wallington – Waddon – Croydon – Selhurst – Norwood Junction – Anerley – Crystal Palace
407
Caterham – Whyteleafe – Purley – South Croydon – Croydon – Waddon – Wallington Green – Carshalton – Sutton
S3Belmont (Sutton Hospital) – Carshalton Beeches – Carshalton – Sutton – Sutton Common – Worcester Park (NOT SUNDAYS)
X26West Croydon – East Croydon – Wallington Green – Carshalton – Sutton – Cheam – North Cheam – Worcester Park – New Malden – Kingston – Teddington – Hatton Cross – Heathrow (STOPS ONLY WHERE SHOWN)

Buses 127 and 157 stop in North Street near the end of Honeywood Walk. Bus 407 stops in Pound Street. All these, together with the X26, stop in Carshalton High Street. The S3 stops in West Street, a short walk away.

Travelling by train

Timetable Victoria, Clapham Jct, Balham, Mitcham East., Mitcham Jct, Hackbridge, Carshalton, Sutton, Cheam, Ewell E,. and Epsom (Southern)
Timetable Victoria Dorking/Horsham (Southern)
Timetables Luton, London, Sutton and Wimbledon (First Capital Connect)

Honeywood is about five minutes walk from Carshalton railway station, which is not to be confused with Carshalton Beeches. There are frequent services from Epsom and London Victoria and the stations in between. Balham, with its connection with the Underground’s Northern Line, is just four stations away.

Travelling by car

Honeywood is adjacent to the A232 in Carshalton, between Sutton and Croydon

There is limited on-street parking in the immediate area around Honeywood. There are two public Car Parks adjacent to Carshalton High Street (see blue ‘P’ symbols in map above).

Hotels

The Greyhound Hotel in Pound Street is across the road from Honeywood. It is a small friendly hotel and public house steeped in the history of Carshalton, and is run by the well known London brewer Youngs. Youngs have another long-standing hotel and public house at the Junction of Manor Road and Acre Lane, The Duke’s Head Hotel on Wallington Green.

The Grove Park – New Finger Post Signs now in…

The three Lib Dem councillors Jill, Alan and Hamish visited the Grove Park yesterday to inspect the new finger post sign and the start of the works to form the new cycle path that is planned to cross the park from Papermill Close to the High Street and to Westcroft Leisure Centre.

Alan and Hamish by The Ponds, Carshalton

Alan and Hamish by The Ponds, Carshalton

Jill and Alan by the New Finger Post sign

Jill and Alan by the New Finger Post sign

 

Jill and Hamish on the new cycle path in The Grove Park

Jill and Hamish on the new cycle path in The Grove Park leading towards Westcroft Leisure Centre

Restoring the Heritage Plaques

Sutton Council has started a programme to renew heritage plaques in the borough after a recent audit identified 34 that are in need of restoration.

There are 60 plaques across Sutton that pay homage to people of historical importance to the local area or mark the historic value of buildings. A specialist contractor has been appointed to undertake the work which is expected to be completed by the end of May 2014. The plaques will be cleaned and re-painted to give them a new lease of life.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:

“Sutton has a rich history and it’s important that we preserve it. We are committed to promoting our borough’s heritage and ensuring that it is accessible and inspirational for local people, and fosters citizenship, civic pride and a sense of belonging. The plaques are tributes and reminders of Sutton’s past and I look forward to seeing them returned to their former glory.”

Old Carshalton Post Offices sign by the old bank, 3 High Street

Old Carshalton Post Offices sign by the old bank, 3 High Street as photographed by Hamish

Honeywood Museum: Proposal for Sign on the Brick Wall

Cllr. Hamish Pollock says: “Plans are afoot by the Friends of Honeywood Museum in Carshalton  to have a sign fixed to the wall to the left hand side of the museum facing Pound Street/High Street. They have approached the Council’s planning service about the Honeywood sign a while ago”.

The planners have confirmed that the wall to the side of the Honeywood Building is listed and as such the Friends of Honeywood would require both listed building consent and Advertisement consent if their proposal is to go ahead.  The Council’s Heritage Service is to pay for the signage as well as both the planning application and design fees. The Heritage Service team will be liaising with the Friends of Honeywood so as to proceed with the work. 

Please let us know what you think of the signage idea. More in a future posting…

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Old Sewer Stink Pipes – Palmerston Road and others

The crowned  stink pipe, Plamerston Road

The crowned stink pipe, Palmerston Road

About 10 years ago. Cllr. Hamish Pollock asked Thames Water to redecorate their stink pipes that are all over the older parts of the central Carshalton area, usually at the ends of cul-de-sacs and long roads. Most were then redecorated.

These include: Palmerston Road (as pictured), Carshalton Road by the railway bridge, Cator Road near junction with Talbot Road, Lavender Road (near junction with Bernard Road), Meadow Road/Westmead Road junction, Rotherfield Road (southern end opposite Talbot Road), Grosvenor Avenue (west end), Weihurst Gardens, and there are at least two examples in Stanley Park Road and so on. Palmerston Road probably has the best example of the intact decorative pipe crown and “weathervane” painted in black. Many other pipes are painted in “lincoln green”.

 

Local MP backs tougher measures to tackle memorial vandalism

MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake is giving his full support to the plan to impose tough new penalties on people who steal or sell metal from war memorials, which will give police more powers to target traders of illicit scrap metal.

Tom said “Just over a year ago, fourteen individual plaques commemorating the brave soldiers who gave their lives in World War I were stolen from the Carshalton memorial. Such disgraceful activity has no place in a community that honours its war dead, and these new measures will ensure that everything is done to bring these thieves to justice.”  Estimates for the costs of damage range as high as £770 million every year, with 1,000 offences occurring every week. The bill will require scrap metal dealers to complete a thorough application process and possess a license that can be revoked if unscrupulous dealings are made.  Tom said “I am proud that the Coalition Government is doing the right thing in backing measures to crack down on this outrageous crime by tackling scrap metal theft.”

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Crime Prevention Minister, Jeremy Browne said: “These thieves show an utter disregard for the memory of the courageous men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The Coalition Government is determined to stamp out this illegal trade, which in recent years has cast a shadow over Remembrance Sunday for bereaved families. That is why we are reforming the scrap metal industry to support legitimate dealers and tighten the net around those who flout the rules.”