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 www.londonopenhouse.org 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)

 

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.”

Friends of The Grove Park Annual General Meeting and the New Carshalton Village Market

Councillors Jill Whitehead and Hamish Pollock attended the Friends of The Grove Park AGM today, Saturday, 20th April 2013 at the wonderful Water Tower, West Street. We’re a small friendly and approachable group of interested citizens keen to keep The Grove Park in as tip-top a condition as is humanly possible and subject to the funds being available! 

Hamish was re-elected as Chair of the Friends. Jill a former Chair was re-elected as committee member. If you are interested in joining the Friends do get in touch with one of us!

At the meeting, we heard from Tansy Honey from Eco-Local about plans for a new Carshalton Village Market possibly being founded on Saturday, 25th May 2013 for the very first time. The market is likely to be held on the driveway to the east side of the east pond (near the old Lloyds Bank building) subject to the usual licensing issues being sorted out.

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Sunday 7th April – First Public Opening of Carshalton’s Water Tower for the 2013 Season

The Water Tower which can be accessed from the gate on West Street re-opens to the public.
Time – 2.30pm – 5.00pm every Sunday, until the 30th September.
Also the first Opening of the year of the Hermitage 2.30 – 4.30 pm on 7th April.

Councillor Jill Whitehead at The Water Tower

Councillor Jill Whitehead at The Water Tower

There have been several restoration projects carried out in different parts of the Grade II listed early 18th century Water Tower.  The first that we know of was the work completed after World War II bomb damage.

Since that time The Daughters of the Cross, then the Carshalton Water Tower Trust and now Carshalton Water Tower and Historic Garden Trust have worked on many projects with the assistance of the Friends.

Since the Friends were formed in the early 1990’s this restoration work includes:

  • The remains of the Water Wheel in the Pump Chamber
  • The restoration of the window in the Robing Room, now the Kitchen area
  • Bathroom tile restoration
  • Orangery and Saloon windows
  • On the Water Tower the stone piers in the Pump Chamber

In addition there is a continual ongoing programme of painting and decorating, including the creation of kitchen and toilet facilities and work in the Grade II listed mid-18th century landscape areas to create the gardens.

In late 2006 the Carshalton Water Tower and Historic Garden Trust signed a lease to have the Folly Bridge and Lake area within their charge. Funding was obtained and the restoration of the Folly Bridge was completed in 2010. In 2011 further restoration work on the Hermitage addressed drainage problems which has been detrimental to the stonework in places with stone replacement and repair undertaken.

Sutton opens 13 buildings for Open House weekend

Fans of fine buildings and architecture will get the chance to explore the new Stanley Park High School and 12 other venues across Sutton in this year’s Open House weekend.

Open House London, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, 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.

This year’s theme is the ‘Changing Face of London’, focusing on how past events have shaped the capital as we know it and around 750 buildings will welcome the public to explore on 22 and 23 September.

Stanley Park High, which opened in January this year after a £35million building programme, is taking part in Open House London for the first time this year. It will be open from 10am – 1pm on Saturday (22 Sept), with hourly tours showing off the school’s impressive facilities.

In July the school won a prestigious New London Architecture Award with judges praising it as the perfect space to “fire students’ enthusiasms”.

Visitors will be able to roam around the school’s extensive main hall, sports hall, atrium, studio space and Learning Resource Centre and refreshments will be available in the dining area.

Another highlight is Honeywood, a chalk and flint house dating to the 17th Century. This house in Carshalton is now a museum and was reopened in May this year following a £900,000 renovation

Cllr. Jill Whitehead, 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.”

Sutton buildings taking part in Open House are:

All Saints’ Church, Carshalton 22/23 Sept 10am-5pm
Carshalton Park Grotto, Ruskin Road/Ashcombe 23 Sept 2pm-5pm
Carshalton Water Tower and Historic Gardens, West Street, Carshalton 22/23 Sept 1pm-5pm
Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, High Street, Carshalton 23 Sept 10am-5pm
Honeywood, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton 22/23 Sept 10am-5pm
Little Holland House 23 Sept 2pm-5pm
Lumley Chapel 22/23 Sept 11am-3pm
Nonsuch Mansion 22/23 Sept 2pm-5pm
Russettings 23 Sept 10am-1pm
Stanley Park High 22 Sept 10am-1pm
The Phoenix Centre 22 Sept 9am-5pm
The Sutton Life Centre 22 Sept 10am-5pm
Whitehall 22 Sept 10am-5pm
23 Sept 2pm-5pm
All visits are free of charge
For more information visit: http://openhouselondon.org.uk/Sutton/

A Very Happy Visitor at Honeywood having bought 2 jars of heritage chutney!