Borough’s dazzling heritage on display through Open Days programme

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Heritage Open Days Programme 2017

Thursday September 7 to Sunday September 10



The Oaks, General Burgoyne and the 12th Earl of Derby

The Oaks mansion house which stood in Oaks Park, Carshalton was the site of a spectacular party to celebrate a marriage which ended in scandal. It was the place where the Oaks and Derby horse races were devised and was an architecturally significant building by Robert Taylor and Robert Adam. Illustrated talk by John Phillips.

Booking is advised. Please telephone 020 8770 4297 to book. FREE

Honeywood Museum,Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX

Saturday September 9 and Sunday 10 from 10am to 5pm. Last entry 4.45pm.

Honeywood, an Edwardian House and its People

Chalk and flint house dating to the 17th century with many later additions including major extensions of 1896 and 1903 when owned by John Pattinson Kirk, a London merchant. Rich in period detail and the interior recently restored and back stairs opened up with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Now a local museum.

Throughout the weekend Edwardian costumed guides will greet and talk to visitors.

Activities for children: Follow the Honeywood Window Trail, special Honeywood colouring sheets, create additions for the Honeywood Stories and Spaces 1680-2017 book of the house, replica toys to handle and dressing up.

Saturday 9 at 2.30pm and 4pm guided tours led by local historian John Phillips ‘The Kirks at Honeywood in the Victorian and Edwardian period: how they developed their house’.

No booking required. FREE

Rail: Carshalton; 127, 157, 407, S3, X26

Carshalton Water Tower, West Street, Carshalton

Sunday September 10 from 1pm to 5pm

A unique 18th century Grade II listed building, which contains a suite of rooms: An Orangery; Saloon; Bathroom, with a deep plunge bath, and a Pump Chamber.

There will also be guided tours of the mid 18th century listed landscape garden which features a Hermitage and a Sham Bridge.

No booking required FREE Teas may be purchased.


St Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1ST

Thursday September 7 from 9am to 3pm, Saturday 9, 9am to 1pm, Sunday September 10 from 9am to 1pm.

St Nicholas Church, Sutton is a Grade II listed parish church in the centre of Sutton, London. It was built between 1862 and 1864 in the Gothic style with dressed flint and stone dressings. It was designed by the architect Edwin Nash. The present structure incorporates a medieval piscina and monuments from the old church including the following; monuments to Joseph Glover 1628, to Lady Dorothy Brownlow 1699, to William Earl Talbot 1782 and to Isaac Littlebury 1740.

During these Open Days, you will be able to have access to the balcony space and a hidden monument which links Sutton to the origins of printing in the United States of America.

The churchyard also contains the Gibson Mausoleum, itself a listed monument. The church will host an exhibition that explains some of the history, traditions and legends that surround the tomb.

No booking required.


Service Wing Museum,  Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, Ewell Rd, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8AP

Sunday September 10 from 11am to 4pm.

Visit the Service Wing Museum in a Tudor-Gothic 19th century mansion (a style later used by Wyatt at Windsor Castle). Dairies, sculleries, kitchen, larder, laundries. The service wing has been restored and is shown in Victorian-era.

Visit Nonsuch Gallery: stained glass exhibits, family history, timeline, scale drawings, and the largest scale model of Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace in existence.

No booking required. Max 8 people per tour/ session. Last entry 3.30pm. Wheelchairs can access all but one larder and that can be adequately viewed.  (Nonsuch Mansion is situated in Nonsuch Park. Vehicle entry only by Cheam Gate.)


London Open House Programme 2017

Saturday and Sunday September 16 and 17

All Saints Church, Carshalton

High Street, Carshalton SM5 3AQ

Saturday, 12pm to 5pm, Sunday, 12.45pm to 5pm

12th century south aisle and former chancel. Blomfield nave, chancel, baptistry. Kempe glass, Bodley reredos and screen, spectacular Comper decorations, monuments and brasses, award winning lighting scheme, fine modern benches. A & R Blomfield 11th-19th century.


Honeywood Museum

Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX

Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Last entry 4.45pm.

Chalk and flint house dating to 17th century with many later additions including major extensions of 1896 and 1903 when owned by John Pattinson Kirk, a London merchant. Rich in period detail and the interior recently restored and back stairs opened up with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Throughout the weekend there will be special drawings of Honeywood to colour and the Honeywood Window Trail for children.

Saturday 2pm, 3pm and 4pm guided tours led by local historian John Phillips ‘The Kirks at Honeywood in the Victorian and Edwardian period: how they developed their house’.

Saturday Pilgrim Morris Men of Guildford at HW around 3pm for approx 20 minutes. No booking required. FREE

Rail:Carshalton; 127, 157, 407, S3, X26


Little Holland House

40, Beeches Avenue, Carshalton SM5 3LW

Sunday 11am to 5pm

The former home 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 financial resources, Dickinson built the house and made its furniture himself.

Rail: Carshalton Beeches; 154


Carshalton Water Tower and Historic Gardens

West Street, Carshalton SM5 2QG

Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Early 18th century Grade II listed building incorporating plunge bath with Delft tiles, orangery, saloon and pump chamber with part-restored water wheel. Hermitage and sham bridge in grounds. See the “Dodgy Bankers” exhibition.


Carshalton Boys Sports College

Back gate, Wigmore Road,Carshalton, SM5 1RH

Saturday 10am to 1pm (max 10)

New dedicated English department in two-storey, 10 classroom teaching facility. Clad in dark brick, with floor to ceiling windows, it has a unique identity in a campus-like setting.  Maths classroom building clad in Cor-Ten Steel mesh panels. Fraser Brown MacKenna, 2014.


Circle Library

Green Wrythe Lane, Carshalton SM5 1JJ

Saturday 10am to 1pm

An inviting, accessible contemporary social space. Full of natural light with spacious free-flowing areas, the building incorporates  a range of environmental features including ground-source heating, sedum roof and rainwater harvesting. Curl la Tourelle Architects 2010.


St Mary’s Church

Church Road, Beddington SM6 7NJ

Sunday 2pm to 5pm

A church on this site was recorded as far back as the time of the Domesday survey. The current Grade II* listed building dates from the 14th century, with extensive restoration and additions undertaken during the Victorian period. The church contains fine Arts and Crafts decoration including an organ screen by William Morris & Co. The Carew Chapel contains tombs and memorials to the Carew family dating from 1520 onwards. The chancel has 15th century misericord choir stalls and 15th century brasses in the chancel floor.


Carew Manor Tours

Church Road, Beddington SM6 7NN

Meet: Sunday The Dovecote, Church Rd, Beddington

Tours at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Meeting point by the Dovecote.

FREE. Pre-booking required. Please telephone Honeywood Museum on 020 8770 4297.

A chance to see the Grade I listed great hall with its timber hammer beam roof built for Richard Carew about 1510. 18thc and Victorian alterations. Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James I visited. Site of important Elizabethan garden created by Sir Francis Carew.

Bus: 407, 410, 463, 633


Sutton Life Centre

24 Alcorn Close SM3 9PX

Saturday 10am to 5pm. Tour at 11am. No pre-booking required. Arts and crafts for children.

Multi-purpose community building awarded BREEAM. Excellent for its use of sustainable energy. Key features include a unique learning facility for children aged 10-13, library, eco-garden, sports pitch and climbing wall. Curl La Tourelle Architects/ Elliott Wood Partnership 2010. Entry: library, eco-garden, life skills zone, media lab.

Tube:Morden; Rail: Sutton Common; S3, 80,470


St Nicholas Church

St, Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1ST

Saturday 10am-1pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Built in the Gothic style with dressed flint and stone dressings. There are monuments to Joseph Glover (1628), to Lady Dorothy Brownlow (1699), to William Earl Talbot (1782) and to Isaac LIttlebury (1740). Edwin Nash 1864.  See the “History, Tradition and Legend” exhibition.


Subsea 7

40, Brighton Road, Sutton, SM2 5BN

Sunday tours at 10am, 11.15am, and 12.30pm(max 10).

Pre-book only

A BREEAM “Excellent” high quality, contemporary and flexible office building with central atrium, exhibition space, restaurant, cafe, gym and terraces providing a dynamic and exciting workplace environment for staff and visitors. ESA, 2016.



25, Worcester Road, Sutton SM2 6PR

Sunday 10am-1pm (max 20, downstairs only)

A double-fronted red brick upper-middle class house, and one of a few Victorian villas to survive in Sutton. The well preserved interior includes an entrance hall with a mosaic tiled floor and an oak galleried staircase. Frederick Wheeler 1899.


Nonsuch Gallery and Service Wing at Nonsuch Mansion

Nonsuch Park, Ewell Road, Cheam SM3 8AP

Sunday 11am to 4pm plus half hourly service wing tours 2.00-4.30pm (max 4 people)

Gothic style Georgian mansion built for Samuel Farmer. Restored Service Wing includes dairy, kitchen, scullery, larders and laundries. Gallery has mdel of Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace, archaeological dig artefacts and mansion stained glass. Jeffrey Wyatt 1806.


Guided Walks

Carshalton Walking Tour

Meet: Sunday 17th 10am Carshalton Station entrance, Station Rd, Carshalton, SM5 2HW

Ends at Honeywood Museum 4.30pm

FREE. Pre-booking required. Please telephone Honeywood Museum on 020 8770 4297.

Five mile, circular walk visits an array of historic buildings dating from over a thousand years ago to just fifteen.

Following the verdant banks of the River Wandle past several ancient Watermills and via a pioneering zero-energy development we enter the extensive Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve, part of the Wandle Valley Regional Park. Seamlessly, we come to Beddington Park for lunch, a visit within the huge early 18th Century Dovecote and an exterior view of the 14th Century Carew Manor. A mile of most attractive parkland is followed by a brief yet appealing interlude of early Victorian houses. Emerging into Grove Park we see All Saints Church. Within this architectural gem that dates back to before the Domesday Book we’ll admire the fine work of the ecclesiastical architect Sir Ninian Comper. Crossing Carshalton Ponds our journey visits the beautifully restored early 18th century Water Tower with its elaborate bathing facilities and the Hermitage, the charming adjacent parkland folly. We conclude at 16.30 with Honeywood local history museum, itself of 17th origin.

Over 80% of the walk through 1,000 years is off-road, like a day in the country, and Carshalton station is nearby.


Sutton Walk: A Suburban Ramble through South Sutton from Russetings to St.Nicholas Church

Meet: Sunday 17th 12.30pm at Russetings (the Register Office) 25, Worcester Rd, Sutton SM2 6PR. Duration 60-90 minutes. Ends at St Nicholas Church, Sutton.

FREE. Pre-booking required. Please telephone Honeywood Museum on 020 8770 4297.

Guided walk looking at early suburban development and the changes that have taken place during the 19th and 20th centuries.



Sutton Walk: Sutton’s Urban Beginnings: a walk through Victorian Newtown.

Meet: Sunday 17th 3pm at the junction of Lind Rd and Lower Rd, Sutton.

Duration approx. 90 minutes. Ends at Waterloo Rd, Sutton.FREE. Pre-booking required. Please telephone Honeywood Museum on 020 8770 4297.

Guided walk through Victorian Newtown exploring the early suburban development of Sutton.

Rail:Sutton; 154, S3, nearest stop is Thicket Road.

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