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Our little Museum is inside The Old School .. click to enlarge the old railway station clock! crammed with visitors for our WW1 Exhibition in 2014 .. click to enlarge

located inside the former St James' Church of England School
built in 1859 and now Grade II listed :::: Church Street ~ Sutton on Hull

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Every Friday . . 10 am - 2 pm
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and welcome your donations, however small

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The school gate of St James' CofE School, Sutton on Hull, and the Exhibition in the Old School is just at the back, through the dark door... but what is that by the door to the left ? It looks like a seat ...
click for a closer look at the restored railway seat

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If you were seeking the NEWER (1977) St James' Church of England Academy on
Dorchester Road, this direct link opens a new window :
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Go through that open door in the School, you can see it on
the photo above, just at the back of the church office.
We help folks start their Family History; we help Local Historians; we can scan your Family Photos to digitally restore/repair as required and email them to you, to then share them with relatives; we offer help with reading our Soldiers, Sailors or Airmen's service records, and several other areas of help too.

A choice image that is changed regularly, chosen from our huge archive
of recent scans as we digitise our whole collection for posterity.

This selected 'Choice Pic' is from the 'Eric Johnson' collection, taken by our former headmaster in the late 1950s, or early 60s.

Five pupils of our Old School examine maps in what appears to be a geography lesson, or else they are planning an expedition, or perhaps an escape!  Judging by the map on the wall, it looks as if it may be to the back of beyond way up yonder past the North Yorks Moors, and that was foreign territory back then. 

They're detailed maps too, for they appear to be our famous Ordnance Survey one-inch-to-the-mile series.  Can anyone pin a name to any of these smart lads, looking particularly serious and intent in their studies? 

Eric Johnson was a skilled photographer, and it is only recently I discovered the true story that it is he we have to thank for finding and saving the other great collection we have, by the Rev'd George Coleman.  He had been helping another vicar clear out the old vicarage in Wawne Rd, at the time when the new one next to the Church Hall was being built around 1960.  On finding an upstairs room, empty other than for an old fashioned square sink, he pondered that it would have made a very good dark room.  Then he realised, observing tell-tale stains on the floorboards, and other givaways, it HAD been a dark room - George Coleman's dark room, up to 1921 when that vicar had left our village for pastures new down south.  With that realisation, Eric then searched further, and explored the loft, whereupon he discovered the heavy, long wooden box containing some 230 glass plate slides. What a find. In the fullness of time, he passed these on to Merrill and Peter when the tiny museum room first became a reality, around the year 2000. It was Peter, himself a skilled photographer, who arranged to have all those plates printed.  That was some find!

The answer, by the way, to the location of the previous Choice Pic, of Mr Pitcher filling potholes, is that it was taken on Salthouse Rd.

For those who recognise any of these images as having some part in their family history, we can arrange for you to have the full quality photo sent by email to any address; to two addresses if you wish, you and a relative abroad, perhaps Australia, NZ, Canada or the USA.  Also click the image to enlarge, and then press F11 to see it full screen, no toolbars or other encumbrances.

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Our Archives Maps Links DVD/CD Events School Visits Memories

Bus service 12 passes our gate,
services 9, 11 and 13 go close by,
at the top of Leads Rd.

The Old School is right opposite the top of Highfield,
where the letters 'UR' appear on ChURch Street on
the larger bus route map.
Additionally, there is a new
map here showing the relative
positions of The Old School,
the Church Office,
the Church Hall, War Memorial,
St James' Church and
free car parking

the museum directly ONLY for Family History and Sutton Heritage enquiries.

The rooms within The Old School, including kitchen,

are also available for hire.  Click for details.
Enquiries and bookings for hire can now only be done via The Church Office.
Absolutely IDEAL if you are looking for that small venue with facilities
for your weekly HOBBY or SOCIAL GROUP meetings. Give this venue a try! Email HERE

Become a Volunteer ~
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Our new museum shop !

We give sincere thanks to all our volunteers;
There could be no museum without them.

Some of our volunteers are 'Founders', those who along
with Merrill & Peter, started this humble little enterprise
some twenty years ago. Our oldest volunteer is now 91
We are always open to extra help, so please do ask
if you would also like to be involved too.

Our volunteers help visitors at various times,
but we now need some more.
Do you have an interest in social or family history?
do you have 2 hours to spare on Fridays?
Morning or afternoon, once or twice a month?
WE NEED YOU !! Please see our main advert ... here
We thank all our volunteer staff, past and present.
Our Museum and Research Centre could not open
without them. We welcome 'husband & wife' volunteers,
where maybe one of them is the regular volunteer,
and the other helps on special occasions.
Museum  Volunteer  Staff Area
  All sorts of Memories are in Here  ~   Come on in !!
sample images
a lovely view .. click to
An old view from
the church tower

Church St, a painting
Church St, a painting
by E.C. Cambridge

More Blasts
From The Past ..

British Legion outing
to Sledmere, 1950s

War Memorial
evening of 4 Aug 2014

Most pics are
. . . then try F11
Anyone recognise
May Wright?
Was she 'Brown Owl', here in Sutton?

The front page of the catalogue for the Oliver & Boyd educational books for schools, the photo taken by headmaster Mr Eric Johnson, just one of hundreds he took for the same publications.
There are a few more
to view in
Photo Gallery 3
A selection of images inside our museum
One of the above views shows our
renowned Tea Room ... where we also
serve coffee and soft drinks every Friday:

A Grand Day Out  1950s - 60s
A Grand Day Out of Sutton Folk, 1950s - 60s

Do you have any like this ...
would you like us to scan them and put
them onto a memory stick for you


Probably not, given the style of bus
anyone know where that statue was/is
But where is it .... ?
I doubt anyone has a copy of this
in their family collection; its from a
Rev. George Coleman glass plate neg.


we scan them in the Old School on Fridays,
and return the originals to you immediately.
And we email you a digital copy of your scan.

Springtime for cheeriness
sample images
Church St, c.1920
Church St c.1950s
from an old b/w

St Peter's at Wawne
St Peter's at Wawne

More Blasts
From The Past ..

A colour slide from the
Eric Johnson collection

RAF Sutton ... the end days, when the hangers were being sold off.
See the houses in the distance?
Sutton Gardens ?

Could this be your Tree

faded HDM cutting of 2014 when St James' Academy came to visit

This photo was donated by Jenny Woods of Church St, and is believed to be the girls of the Methodist Church School in Potterill Lane in the years between the wars. Does anyone have
any info or recognise any of these girls from their own family photos. This came from the collection of Janet Hall, and it is believed her mother, Eva, is on this photo.

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Hover your mouse over a symbol to see what we do.
how to find us .. click for a map for what is available in Sutton, pass your mouse over the symbols below
you can park for free at our Museum full disabled ramped access, and lots of
                          help we serve tea and biscuits .. £1.50 per person you're welcome to bring your own pie .. or sandwiches families welcome, including grandmas and grandads info on local history, or tell us your memories of Sutton & Wawne family history records, all free to view roots ... your family roots ... well, this was a skool ! toilets on site, emptied every week whether they need it or not :-) LPG - you can gas here to your heart's content between 10am and 2pm our friendly attendants are here to help you, though this cross-eyed geek is your Webmaster!

the last train has gone; time to consult our
plus snippets of This & That and lots and lots of memories TOP BOTTOM



it was on
FRIDAY 27th MARCH, from 12 noon to 3pm

Maybe re-arranged for a later date


modelrailwayCANCELLED !!  !!  !!

was to be exhibited here
inside the Old School   ~   for one day only !

Saturday   18 April    2020
Four Hours ~ 10 am to 2pm

Following our very successful
last July
it was hoped that


Hopefully, but somehow, I doubt it this year.

MAY 2020
Fri 1st - Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd

  CANCELLED  !!  !!  !!

This postcard, written by a young scout from the 1st Sutton Troop, has come to our attention. He writes home to his parents about events at the annual scout camp, near Riveaulx.  Can anyone decipher his writing, particlarly on the third line from last, where he descibes someone being shot ... but the puzzle that is eating me up is -- shot by what?  What was it they were shot with?   This website manager is dying to know.
      We think the author of this fine piece may be one of these young tykes pictured here, courtesy of the family that called in to the museum last week and  left us some scouting and guiding photos of the early 70s.  Thanks to Tracy Lampling, neé Rose. The tyke may have been (is) her mischievious brother, Ian.


We wonder if anyone from the family of this man may recognise him. It was taken in Feb, 1943, in Calcutta, in one of those many studios that appear in wartime wherever there are large numbers of armed forces. It is believed this man was a very good friend of a Hull man, Albert Ward, father of our volunteer Liz from whose collection this comes, both men serving in the Yorks & Lancaster Regiment. After this photo was taken, they both then served in Burma.

Just discovered in our own archives, a transcript of a famous bequest !

Document Dated 1855:

I, Sophia Broadley, spinster, of Welton House in the East Riding in the County of York, under the authority of an act passed in the fifth year of the reign of her Majesty Queen Victoria, entitled An Act for the conveyance of sites for schools,

"Do hereby convey to the Minister and Churchwardens of the Parish of Sutton to permit the said premises and buildings used for a school for the Education of children and adults of the labouring, manufacturing and other poorer classes in the said parish and for no other purpose."

And so dear folks, that is how our 'Old School' came about, eventually built and opened in 1859, on Broadley land, with a £300 grant from the government towards the building of it; roughly £30,000 in today's money, but the school building itself wholly owned by St James' Church, and so it ever has been ever since.

And that was 161 years ago this year!

The lovely old Welton House that was once on the north side of the A63 is sadly no more, having been demolished in the 1960s. The old hall site is now ... a school !   Forsooth, it is strange how things turn out.
The Museum now has a 'Twitter' account, as well as the existing Facebook account.
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The Blue & Whites

Thomas Rodwell

William Tesseyman

Robert Popple

William Pybus

Issac Oxtoby

William Chaffer

William Smales

James Riby

Thomas Petch

Peter Carrick

John Hewson

What does this list of names
have in common?
A random list, not in any particular order. But they are all names
that appear in the
Hull Poll Book of 1835
which is viewable online -
for free.
I chose these names because they are names long associated with this area, and the wider Sutton parish. Many of these surnames appear in our School Registers. Indeed, some of these men (they are all men, sorry ladies, but reality is that ladies did not appear in poll lists back then) were resident in the former areas of Sutton parish well to the south of the village itself, such as The Groves, or Stoneferry. It is interesting, as an aside, that the county boundary appears to have no effect here.

Moreover, some of them are still very well-known locally around Hull, and some are names we've helped folks research when doing family history in the museum. Whether these men are direct forebears, or even relatives, of the families of the same name around here today is another matter, but it shows a line of research that is well-worth persuing.

We have a link to that Poll Book of 1835 on another of our history pages, and to more online e-books generally. Click Here to load. The Sutton and Drypool wards are right to the end, so scroll right down the book, all the way down past the main town wards. A lot of these surnames appear in the town too, so I doubt you'll scroll far in one go without serious distraction. Allow plenty of time! At the end of which, you'll surely have more FH questions than answers. Great fun, what!
CWGC : the  House of Commons debate, 1920

This was found quite by accident, when looking for something else. 


As we near the 75th anniversary of VE-Day, of course the nation was filled back then with jubilation the war, and all the killing and endless trauma, was at last over. But it wasn't over for everyone, notably all those who had lost loved ones, both at home and away in the various battles and theatres of war abroad. And there were many of them. But even then, one thing was already decided and assured, and that was the type of headstone or memorial any one casualty would have.

It is hard to believe now there was quite some argument over the simple white Portland-stone war grave we all honour now, and the principle that in death, every fighting man was equal in rank. Those debates, and ensuing decisions had already been taken some 25 years before, at the end of the Great War. This is a 1920 Hansard document of the debate then in Parliament, about the design and style of war graves that should be adopted in all the war cemeteries throughout the old battlefields in Europe as well as at home. A select committee appear to debate the pros and cons of a uniform headstone for all men, of all ranks, or whether families themselves should be left to decide the types of individual memorial, inscriptions, etc, acording to their own individual tastes - and wealth!

Amazing to us now that they had this debate at all, that the principle we all adhere to and admire now was not then universally loved or favoured after the Great War. Many felt the memory of their man had been cheapened, his rank demoted, when a general or colonel was buried alongside a mere private, and worse, had the exact same style of headstone, and many mothers wrote fervent letters to their MPs to support their right to decide for themselves how their man should be remembered. As it happens, even while the debate you read here in this very long document was taking place, that decision for standard uniformity, equality in death, regardless of wealth, had already been taken.  This debate, and vote, was merely to ratify and 'set in stone' what had already been decided. 

But it had been hard work to get there. And finally, a famous man who would become more famous still, stepped in and put the cap on the argument, stating quite clearly that the wishes of thousands of individual families could not be accommodated; there was neither the money, nor resources, let alone the time. He estimated that it would take over 20 years or longer to finish any one of the many large war cemeteries whilst families argued and debated between themselves what they wanted and then raised the monies to make it so. In the event, the layout, design of the main memorial cross, and landscaping were mostly completed within just a few years; by 1930, visitors to the war cemeteries were coming back and praising the military uniformity and tranquility, and the 'British-ness' of the equality in how our war dead had been honoured.  There was even dissent on the style and design of the memorials to those with no known grave; there were some who would not have had what we have today.
It is a fascinating and long read, especially as we all know what transpired in the end. And most will not bother, only those 'historians' with a deep interest in this matter will.  But it should interest any who have such a family war grave, anywhere, for this explains how they came about. To see it through the eyes of those recently bereaved, but 100 years later, is informative to say the least. It really is worth reading to the end, takes a while, and some famous and surprising parliamentary names crop up. Hot debate on how we commemorate our war dead is not new, even whether the principle of 'burial where they fell' was the right one was hotly contested - arguments that have raged in every conflict involving our forces since.

What is noticeable here is the good oration of the members speaking, with very little or no waffling and party-point-scoring, and also, how well it was all transcribed. Would that it was like that now! This is a clear indication of how standards in Britain have since dropped to well below acceptable levels, even when debating how to honour death in the service of your country.

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Cupboard Discoveries

Amazing what comes to light when you clear out an old cupboard. Volunteer Simon managed to get into an old school store cupboard, not used for sometime, and found a couple of stored family photo albums donated to us some time ago.
It's a Rocket!
Amongst the photos were these images, scanned at 300% and at a good dpi to get a reasonable image out of two tiny, faded sepia prints, which we believe may be at least 90 years old. Perhaps taken on an early Kodak Box Camera? Not local, true, but of interest, just the same. Few of the photos are annotated on the back, but this one of a railwayman does give some interesting information.

It states that this is F.J.Cook, 52 years in the NER service, and signalman at Neptune St Box from 1908 to 1928.  Days like this make it a pleasure to work at the museum !
Mr F J Cook
I then found this very man, Francis James, on Ancestry in someone else's tree, though a first search on the 1911 Census failed to find him. It appears he was living in Rosamond St, off Hessle Rd, and listed just as a 'signalman', so I do believe this is the same man. His ancient family seem to be from Lincolnshire. By 1939, he is retired, and having lost his wife, he is living with his sister, Lizzie, in Pryme St, Anlaby. Francis is recorded as having died in 1948. It may be this album belonged to this man, as there are other loco photos within, but there are also faces that seem very familiar to some we have in our collections here in the museum. What we need to find now is the connection between this family and Sutton on Hull. 

The very first web page ever to mention this "Old School" (before it was ever referred to as a 'museum'), was posted online at midnight on 23 Dec 2000, just in time for the Millenium. It was first 'captured for archiving' on Feb 10, 2001, almost two months later. Those very first pages were in fact 'church pages', for St James' and the Team Ministry as it was then. Way down the page, there was a reference to the "Sutton School Exhibition in the Old School", where we offered a free cup of tea to any visitor that could remember Queen Victoria - and we didn't mean the statue. There were some photos of St James', a few service times, links to other church sites, and that was about it. We've been growing for nearly 20 years.

Those first pages can be browsed, albeit not all images or background designs were archived very well, or at all. Go to
THE WAY BACK MACHINE in a new tab. Enter our old URL .. .. to see a selection of website captures over the next 10 years or so. Press Ctrl+A to highlight all text, for without the background lighter parchment paper, they are hard to read. Later pages are better, more images saved, and most old pages can still be accessed.

Large wooden Garden Planter for Sale .. £10 .. buyer collects from Old School ... .man not included! FOR SALE !
Large, well-made Garden Planter

On legs, can be cut shorter ... see pics.

proceeds to Museum funds.

click image to enlarge

Buyer collects from Old School,
Fridays 10 - 2pm
Will help to carry to vehicle, but cannot deliver.

{ Man in dark glasses only shown for scale, cannot be included in offer!
his wife would never allow it ! }
UNKNOWN SCHOOL PIC .... c.1910-14
Unknown school
                      photo .... c.1910-14 We have been sent this photo by a family in South Africa, a lady whose grandfather was the headteacher featured on the left in this photo. But they have never known where this school may be, not for sure. Their family history tells us this may be somewhere in our area. Looking at the children, do any families today recognise any of these children as possibly being their own family forebears or relatives? I've left the image quite large, click to enlarge and click again to get largest view. A lot of these children have very distinct and recognisable features .... to those families that know them. Somebody local to Hull may even have a copy of this same photo! Any observations as to the location will be welcome.
Wawne School,
                      class photo .... 1933 THE YEAR 1933
Here we have a later view, from our collections in the museum, of the pupils of Wawne School. What is unusual for us about this one, indeed glorious, is that we have a full list of names of all the pupils that appear on it. Dating from 1933, we have all 63 names which in itself is astonishing, in an age range from infants aged around 5, up to perhaps 10-11 year olds, so is perhaps more correctly a whole school photo. Even most class photos, from as recently as the 60s and 70s, have some names missing, some unidentified pupils. Three of the children here are marked with a blue pen 'X', perhaps the photo's donor and their siblings. Overall, we must surely have a roundup of every surname living in the village at that time. Considering there will be no 1931 Census, for it was destroyed in WW2, this is probably as close as any family historians will ever get to a census, of sorts, for Wawne in that decade. Even the 1939 Register still has names blanked out, Data Protection reasons, of those folks that appear but are still alive. Of course, we also have to remember this photo was donated to us, and the names given are only as accurate as the memory of the kind donor. As with all our class photos, with 'donated information', they are accurate only until someone tells us there has been an error, or even ommission, and we can then research and correct it. But, if in this case our list is accurate, then hats off to whoever gave it to us, for their memory is something to behold. Perhaps they had a full list. The photo was donated some time ago when Merrill was the manager, for it is her stylish writing on the accompanying card. It appears in Wawne Book 2, page 17, along with the full list itself.

Another Photo Collection has been donated to our archive
one of
                    dozens of photos of church events and ladies from some years ago
Just four of dozens of photos of church events
and St James' ladies from some years ago.

They are from the collection of the late Edith Wood, and they appear here with permission of her son, Paul. We have two full albums of these now scannned. Many are of stage productions in the Church Hall.

Three folders of these photos are now on the
Volunteers Staff Area of our website,
which is password protected.

We can email digital copies to relatives
of persons who appear on this collection,
on request, from the Museum on Fridays.
STOP PRESS: Nov 2019 :
DVD-ROM .. for computers only
This DVD-ROM is "Sutton Bransholme & Wawne", a now digitised copy of Merrill Rhodes' book of the same name, is still available to view online, + extra images.

DVD-ROMs only work on computers, but this online access facility will work on any internet-enabled device, like a tablet, smartphone or any laptop or PC., and even your TV if it's internet enabled.
All the book pages are formatted in html.
Unlimited Organic Online access; £5.

Pay inside the Museum on Fridays,
or send by BACS to our account, details on Friends Page and we will send you the link and password to access it. The actual DVD is a great present at £10; buy the disc and we'll give you the online access details anyway, so you can share with friends and relations abroad. All sales benefit museum funds and upkeep; no expenses taken

St James' churchyard looked particularly lovely, as is usually the case when nature has been 'held back' and then the eventual warmer weather brings everything out almost like a bursting firework of colour.

This was Spring 2018, last year. So many hues and shades of green, the glorious blue skies, all lift the spirits as we enjoy the unaccustomed warmth and look forward to an English summer. This small selection of photos above, taken in late April and early May of 2018, are here for the delight of folks 'abroad' that can never get to Sutton and enjoy again the scenes of their distant childhood.


A further small archive of family photos has been donated to our museum, within just a month or so of the one listed above. They are a small part of a huge collection held by the late Wilfred Hartley, (1907 -1907) and passed down through his family. We thank a relative, Susan Berrieman, for this, who brought in a CD containing several dozen old photos dating from the late 1930s and 1940s. They are predominantly of Sutton House, the Robinson and Leake families, and assorted scenes around Lime Tree Avenue and James Reckitt Avenue, with some yet to be positively identified.
We see possibly Clem Robinson and "Lizzie" .. his pet name for his trusty mower, in a Sutton location; there is a clue in the distance which may signal where it is. Also with his wife Winnie (neé Leake), and daughters Margaret & Joan, and a group of Brownies on the church steps.

What Susan has found to be a curious puzzle is there appears to be no genealogical connection between the Hartley and Robinson families, and yet the former held a great many photos of the Robinsons, particularly the two girls, a connection which lasted until they were in their 20s and the family moved to other parts of southern England. Does anybody have any memories or clues to what the possible connection may be? Are there 'Robinson descendants' still living in the Sutton and Hull area?

note - 26 July - addendum: We had a lovely call from one of the young ladies in these photos as a result of seeing them on this page. We love that, it's exactly what we are all about, generating the nostalgia and then identifying folks in photos who may otherwise have been forgotten forever. The call was from Joan Pybus, neé Robinson, the little girl in the coat with the others sitting on the fallen log. Joan tells me that was in Lime Tree Avenue, and the fallen bough was from one of the lime trees down there. She tells me the bigger girl was her sister, Margaret. The boy on the left was Ray Hartley, neighbours of the Robinsons, and the answer to the puzzle above. Joan is on the far right, and she thinks the girl next to her was called Vivien. It was then with obvious delight that Joan then described the photo of her mother and father, with the two girls sitting on a garden pedestal, and told me 'she had never seen it before'. An undiscovered photo of her parents in someone else's collection. My my, I think we all have some of that, if only we knew where.

The group photo is the Robinson family, taken at the front of Sutton House because her grandfather was the gardener there during the war when the house was requisitioned by the Electricity Board as one of their out of town offices, presumably as a safeguard against the bombing. Then Joan told me she can identify all but one of the Brownies on the church steps, and that the Brown Owl there was Brenda Hamilton, neé Holmes, of the butchering family. Joan herself is far left on the front row, as proud as you like. Rightly so. Joan is going to try and get the list of names to us somehow, though her own health is not what it was and she may not be able to call by the museum herself.

Access to all of our collections is in the Museum on Fridays. We suspect the small selection we show here may generate even more memories of those heady far-off days. It should also be confirmed and noted that all these photos are copyright to their respective families as well as the Sutton & Wawne Museum.

We can now assist in accessing all the forms required for Veterans and
their families to send for their loved ones' Military Records.

These are downloadable from the Veterans' Agency
                        Armed Forces Veterans Badge on the Government Website, (click the badge to go there!)
but we also can print them if required for our visitors,
and give advice on what to do next.
Spouses are entitled to their husband's full service record for free;
children and other relatives pay £30.
It is best that Next of Kin send for records to ensure
'full disclosure', as other relatives may find that
certain personal records are not released.
It is usually medical and disciplinary records that are held back,
but children of veterans are 'next-of-kin' and get those released as of right.

A link to the website to obtain a Veteran's Badge is further below.
RN / Army / RAF SERVICE RECORDS required ? .. but no service number?
a knife & fork may be the answer ...
Here's a tip that may be of use to some folk wanting to send for their parent's or grandparent's service records, but do not have their service number to go on the form. It's not always neccessary, but those with more common names can find it a bind if they have scant information, and no service number either. It's a long shot, but check and ask around the family if there are any 'unusual' items of cutlery in the kitchen drawer, or even the garage, toolkit or potting shed.
Seriously, that's where a man's service 'irons' .. if he kept them .. often ended up. They will be large, standard shape, and imprinted on the handle with his service number. So if you've seen an unusual spoon or fork in grandma's cutlery drawer with some very large numbers stamped on, no, they are not prisoner numbers, they're just what you're looking for. Army and RAF numbers are typically longer, often 7 or 8 digits. The example shown here is a naval number, AB being able seaman, though these were in fact issued to a marine as replacements and 562 was the last three digits of a longer number starting with PX. I suppose the stores had a load with AB pre-stamped, and he got what he was given. But even if you only have the last three, it's a help and can pin the search to the exact right man.
Other items to mention are kitbags, (but not many kept those), small leather suitcases, and shoe and clothes brushes, often stamped on the top wood or handle. Sometimes a man will have kept his 'houswife', a little green or khaki roll containing needles, cotton, miniature scissors for sewing badges, buttons and temporary uniform repairs. It will often have his number inked or stamped inside somewhere, albeit very faintly. It's surprising how sentimental a man could be about his old wartime 'personal care kit' . . . and his eating irons!

FROM THE PAST : Some Blasts of Memory

This now historic HULL FC photo was brought to me some time ago for repair. It was in four pieces, originally held on the back by sellotape but that long since dried out and much of it peeling off. Thankfully, tape on the back is not a real problem; tape on the front is a nightmare. The scene, at the Boulevard in April of 1973, is not particularly connected to Sutton, other than through a very tenous link to a former Sutton parishioner, Jack Harrison VC MC, Jack having been born down Lime St, back then in the old Sutton parish.

I find it an intriguing thought that many of the older men visible in the stands, certainly those in their 60s or 70s and more, may well have seen Jack in his heyday just before the First War. Indeed, many of those men had also taken part in that war, in all theatres on land and at sea. This photo was taken in the 50th year since Jack took those try-scoring records. What were their thoughts as they watched our newer legends like Clive Sullivan, Don Robson and Len Casey work their particular magic, did they think back to the 'old days' of Jack and his teammates. There are always 'old days', the days when legends are born and stories arise and often get embellished in the telling. Todays top players will no doubt be 'legends of their old days', perhaps sooner than they'd want to be as they in turn count the passing years. What do the younger fans think now of those old legends, like Clive, and Don and Len ... and Jack ?

So how many faces do you recognise. When you think you have them all, click this link and see how many were right. Oh, and the ballboy, I can tell you his name, Kevin Hall. I wonder where he is now. Does he still go to Boulevard? Does he know of the legends of the 'old days'?


Our Computer-DVD-ROM
is on sale in the museum

every Friday ... £10 each.

This DVD makes a superb present ..

It includes Merrill Rhodes' book, in full,
with all the photos and maps.

Extras include dozens of other photos
of both villages, with many quality photos
of both churches, info on RAF Sutton and
the balloon barrage, WW2 Ack-Ack sites,
and both village war memorials.
The things you find out! After all this while, I now discover that the 'old school clock' hanging inside our museum room is none other than the former station clock from Sutton station. It found its way into the school after the station closed.
When the museum was 'forming', around 1998 time, Ken Cooke and his sister Sylvia restored the clock, cleaning it up and
fitting a battery electronic drive.
It was manufactured by
W. Potts of Leeds.
The Old School Clock, formerly on Sutton Station

We are now listed on
W i k i p e d i a
Go on, try it - type either
"Sutton Hull" or "Wawne" into Google,
and up pops our village entries,
with a brief reference to our little museum here.
Radio Humberside AND Google !
Wow! Worldwide Fame at last!
Family History Researcher to client:
"Was he born out of wedlock?"

Client's response -
after a moment's thought:

"Nay lad - he were born in't Workhouse!!"


This postcard view is of the 1930s, from the
Raphael Tuck Collection of antique postcards
available to view free online, and seems to have been taken from right outside the post office or the 'Duke of York'. Tuck's cards deserve to be better known, superb quality, all can be made full screen. This one shows what I believe to be a rare pic of a tri-axle Guy double-decker of Hull Corporation, about 1930. I cut it down to 75% just for the screen.

Use F11 for best results.
Friends of The Old School ... we need you !! An
                    up-to-date list of our Friends is now on this page Sutton & Wawne Home
                    Page . . press F11 to toggle Full Screen Museum & Exhibition on Fridays in the Old School Rooms, a marvellous display of life in Sutton and Wawne in times past ..muchmore to see when you visit .. Incredible list of resources. Use also withFAMILY                    HISTORY button below ... Upcoming Events, commemorations
                    or celebrations
                    Village, links to church, Village Hall and history Local Photos & Images of Sutton
                    & Wawne dozens of links to military history,
                    both local, national and military, including both World Wars, all armed services, and more ...
Direct Link to the EAST
                    YORKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY ... opens in new  window .. and HIGHLY recommended OUR PUBLICATIONS ... see what we have to sell on DVD-ROM, DVD for TV, or books about Sutton & Wawne Brooklands Photographic
                    Society, Sutton
St James & St Peter's -
                    brief history of both churches St James Churchyard - a full list of graves and memorials
Do visit our
                    Guestbook; now over 160 entries from all over the  world.

Lest We
Sutton War Memorial
                    .. photos of each war grave now added, Nov 2009 visit the Commonwealth War Graves
                    Commission website Wawne War Memorial
RAF Sutton on Hull page
view Side
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You're very nearly half-way down !
Or even half-way up.

Photos of earlier School Visits, of
St James', Cavendish Rd, Biggin Ave and Wawne Schools
and the Christmas Concert visit by
St James' Acadamy Choir, are now on the

School Visits Page

our new museum
                          sign, and the man who painted it, Ken Cooke Our 'Museum Sign', and the man who painted it, retired signwriter, Ken Cooke.
Ken, along with his sister Sylvia, were two of our very first volunteers back in 1999. Ken was a professional signwriter before he retired, and his handywork was to be seen all over Hull on various industrial premises until very recently. His sign is now mounted on new supports just inside the school wall, above the fence, after suffering childish

vandalism at the hands of moronic youth/s.
Nice one, and Thanks Ken.
           [photo: Liz Cook]            Click to enlarge.
A few more images of our folk museum
the main museum room .. click to enlarge the old school hall - note
                      the classroom dividers .. click to enlarge the old school hall ..
                      click to enlarge tablets at the ready for lessons .. click to

our Reference Library corner - two comfy
                      chairs and a radiator! .. click to enlarge some of our display cases
                      - note the 20+ photo albums of memories .. click to enlarge Scouting & Guiding Memorabilia .. click
                      to enlarge it's worth looking up to
                      the higher shelves and displays too ! .. click to  enlarge

Another view of our Reference Library corner
                      .. click to enlarge            tea is served, sir!             All Kinds of Everything .. click to enlarge

Photos here record their visits a couple of years ago when we hosted
the Suddaby family to our museum.

This was a long-arranged and keenly anticipated trip to visit us from their homes in Cumbria, Durham and North Yorkshire. We see them here presenting a further donation to our funds to Merrill & Peter, who were also able to be here with us for what became a most enjoyable day indeed.

They brought with them various other items of their own family history to donate to our collection, books, family records and papers, as well as toys and personal momentos of their own childhood in the village.

Keith brought updates to some of the images we already hold in the album of photos taken by their late father, all now carefully inserted by him into the album and annotated by his brother Andrew with freshly remembered information of many of the people portrayed within.

Pam, a former Queen's Guide when she lived in the village and seen here in the centre, donated a model play-shop that their own grandfather had built for their father around 1910. Pam and her brothers had all in turn enjoyed playing with the model shop themselves as children in the 1940s. Another gift brought along, with other precious mementos, was her own 1953 Coronation Silver Spoon received from her school, and a tiny ornately framed photo of their father as a baby. Treasures indeed for our display cabinet.

The image above is a still from the short movie clip taken by Pam's husband, Robin, seen here sitting between Andrew's wife, Judy, and Pam, with Merrill and Peter to the right.


Andrew and Judy again came to see us on Friday 21st November, 2015, to bring us these magnificent gifts as an addition to our collections.

Andrew's father, Len Suddaby, was a well-known Sutton resident in the 1940s and '50s, as well as being a photographer of some renown. Indeed, he was an artist, one of two commercial artists in the marketing department at Reckitts for many years. His professional art naturally spilled over into his general love of photography, the two subjects not being incompatible. All his children, Andrew, Keith and Pam, eventually moved away to various parts of the country, Andrew himself eventually settling in Cumbria. It was well-known to us about Len's photos, both the quality and quantity. Indeed we already have a few courtesy of some previous donations Andrew had made years ago with his home-produced publication on display here in the Old School, "Growing up in Sutton."  That has since had two print runs, and we have successfully sold many copies here in the museum shop, all to benefit museum funding.

Crammed with photos, mostly of his own, that and two other previous folders with family details is all we have had thus far. Andrew admits he has wanted to make this visit, and donate these gifts, for a very long time. For Andrew's gift, indeed the gift of his whole family, is nothing less than the whole of his father's 'known' photographic collection.

The collection itself is the stout black box with brass corners, held by Peter on the right, crammed to the gills with smaller boxes of historic glass plates, and also the photo album held in the photo by Merrill. This is similarly crammed with some 160 photos of Sutton and Sutton people, dating from the 1940s through to the 1950s. Indeed, all their father's glass plates have now been beautifully reproduced and printed, mostly by Keith, in the past couple of weeks, and then the two brothers got together with a view to compiling this wonderful album as a visual printed record of what is in the box. The album also contains a considerable number of Andrew's own photographs, particularly of 1st Sutton Scouts. Andrew also donated the 1st Sutton Scouts Logbook he compiled during his time with them, now on display in our Scouting memorablila section.

Furthermore, every photo is duplicated as an annotated copy, with identities of all persons appearing on the photos included, so far as the memories of the two brothers, and sister Pam, can reasonably call. I have to say, considering the vast number of people mentioned in their notes, the joint memories of this Suddaby family are prodigious.

Additionally, on top of all that, Andrew has also given us a USB memory stick with every photograph digitally recorded and again, annotated. Indeed, there was so much to see that in the four short hours they were with us, as well as talking and remembering and laughing and viewing, we didn't have time to view the whole collection. This in itself became a most pleasurable task for all of us volunteers, there are so many well-known Sutton names in there, and just about every family of those times, the late 40s and early 50s, seem to be represented here somewhere.

I said earlier, with reference to their father's slides, they were all of his 'known' collection. For it is believed there are others, that may have been loaned out to other Sutton residents years ago that have simply vanished. As is the way with these things, time passes, things get forgotten, and items borrowed somehow don't get returned as intended. Folks move away, older family members pass on, and so we think they may still reside within someone's family collection of prints or glass plates and the origin a total mystery or simply unknown. If anyone recognises those 'symptoms', and thinks they may indeed hold some of these photos, we'd love them to get in touch with us, not least to recognise them as having held the items safely all these years for eventual return.

All in all, magnificent donations to our 'collections'. For we can now say is that we hold several photo collections in total: the 'Coleman' and 'Johnson' collections so well known; the unofficially titled 'anon and various others' Exhibition Collection, being the myriad of photos donated from dozens of different sources over the years in some 19 album folders; the Bernard Sharp Graveyard Collection on CD; and now this fourth, the 'Suddaby Family' collection on glass slides, printed photos and digital media.  note: we've inherited some more collections recently too.

It has truly been a joint effort, of Andrew, Keith and Pam, and all three have plans to come down and see us next summer. There is talk of a vintage lantern slide projector hiding in the family somewhere, and at this point, Peter's eyes glazed over. You can see that, when mention is made of vintage cameras and projectors, Peter is in photographic heaven. Merrill is looking like the cat that got the cream, and indeed she might, taking official possesion of such a wonderful archive. And thank you to Judy, Andrew's wife seen in the top photo, for taking this photo below for us.

Andrew and Judy have asked me to pass on theirs and the family's thanks for giving them such a welcome, and they certainly look forward to seeing us all again next year, perhaps in the spring. Indeed, and any thanks due are all ours. He particularly enjoyed meeting Ivor, whose late wife were friends and classmates of the Suddabys, and also meeting scouting colleague, Peter Blyth. They browsed for some time over the collection, Peter helping to put names to many faces as yet not identified. Work in hand, there, I suspect. It was a lovely occasion all round.


The short clips of mp4 video that formerly were shown at the bottom of the Photos Page are now working again, after a long period of being 'faulty'. It was my coding that was faulty, and even now, they work better in Internet Explorer than Firefox, which is a bit disappointing.

They were a bit experimental, and now we have a bit more webspace to play with on this new server, we hope to include some more in the future.


Some time ago, a visitor asked me if we had any evacuation records. It did occur to me then that this could well be a subject around which there would be much interest in years to come, especially that of 'child evacuation' from the city generally. Our visitor had asked if we had access to such evacuation records, for he had no knowledge of where he was sent, being far too young at the time to be fully aware of any geographical details. I thought at that time that we had no records at Sutton and so couldn't help directly, and directed him to the History Centre in Hull.

But I was unaware of the wealth of detail we have in our School Registers. It was some time later that I came to scanning these registers, and the pages 1939 to 1942 are especially revealing. Of course, we have no records for anywhere else, only for the pupils that attended here, but even so, I was astonished at some of the detail. The head teacher recorded every child who left the school at that time, and generally recorded why, and if an evacuation, generally recorded where the child was sent to. It also often records if the evacuation was arranged by the family, say an aunt or uncle, or grandparents, and the town or village to which they were sent.

But it also records two other types, being the official "Gvt evacuation", and also the "Mothers & Babies" scheme, which was also officially arranged, and was for "Mothers and Children under 5". A child at this school, having younger siblings, would find themselves evacuated with their mother and younger family to a place of safety. Then later, we see the same child being re-admitted into the registers, returning from evacuation ... and for many of them far too soon. A lot of kiddies who left under these schemes in the autumn of 1939 were back home in the city by the spring of 1940, because the expected bombing hadn't arrived. As we know, it did, and it got a lot worse.

THE HISTORY CENTRE and access to deep archives: CARN CARDS ... need updating!
For those seeking records of Hull generally, that earlier advice still holds true. One would have to visit The History Centre. Those records are in their deep archives, in a separate search room, which is only accessible with a CARN CARD, formerly known as a 'Readers Ticket' in the pre-digital age. So they're not on the shelves in the main library part. If you want to get a 'CARN CARD', you will need proof of identity and address, usually a driving license or passport is enough, but essentially it must show your current address. Allow yourself a good quarter of an hour to get a CARN CARD if you haven't already got one. 

These cards are the digital system where a card holder can gain access to search rooms in all local authority public libraries up and down the country. So access to the Hull History Centre search rooms would give access to similar libraries in Plymouth, or Newcastle, and of course, vice-versa. It should be noted, as of Oct 2019, the CARN CARD system is being updated, and holders will need to re-register at their local libraries/history centres to get the new card being issued.

For the evacuation records, it is possible to see the reference numbers that you will need to be asking for online, on the Hull History Centre website. Look for OUR COLLECTIONS, then ONLINE CATALOGUE. Once in there, type one word, 'evacuation', into the search box. Up will pop 8 pages, being of 77 various archives, some extensive and some just a simple letter perhaps, covering the whole subject. But what you will see of particular interest are the lists concerning billetting information, ref no.C TLW/W/1/9. That's the number you'd need to quote on the form you fill in for that record to be brought out for you when you visit ... with your card, of course.

It will possibly be in a box file, and the online catalogue tells us that it consists of 83 items, so go armed with a notepad and a pencil (no pens of any sort allowed in the search rooms) and be prepared to spend a good while sifting through the material. This is what the brief online description tells us:

1941-45 : Papers listing family members and other residents of a household and the address billeted at where applicable. In some cases, evacuation information is given, though not always a full address. Also gives some medical information if injured or killed by bombing. The papers are organised alphabetically by surname, then by street name of the original address. Also information concerning businesses that had to change premises due to bombing.

There are other records, some pertaining to individual schools, there's a lot for Kingston High School, Newlands Juniors, etc, and it may well be other searchers would find interesting information. Whether or not there are records of addresses of who was sent where is another matter, but it's worth a look.


Now, what could be more helpful than that. Good luck.


This was a hard ask .. but it came to naught. I'm still completely stuck!!

All attempts to find more information about our war memorial, I am sorry to have to report, have drawn a total blank. Nothing at all. No-one as any information to give answers to the questions we are asking; who designed it, built it, paid for it, and what criteria determined the names that went on it.

It looks as if that bit of Sutton's history has been irretrievably lost. Very sad.

           Unless of course ... ... you know differently.      ..........    Rob. Oct 15, 2019


Some posts will be placed here for a few months in an attempt to answer
some of the points and queries raised in our Guestbook.

Here are three such enquiries from earlier this year, 2019.

1.    Susan Archer, Melbourne : if you email us with your grandma’s name, I’ll have a look and see what info we have.  There are no ARCHERS listed in our graveyard, nor our MI books, so presumably we’d need her married name.


 2.    Alison Bailey, Colorado :  Elisabeth is listed in the 1939 Register as living at 9 Park Grove, in the city itself.  She was 29, and then listed as a clerk at “Hull Maternity College”.  It could be that later, Dunnottar House was involved in maternity care, or she was just lodging there. It was also very close to village, 5mins from the school, and also the AA gun sites and the barracks for those, and the RAF barage balloon station.


3.    Dianne Green, NSW : We have found an Esther FETTERS who married a John GREEN at Sculcoates on 4 Dec 1820.  Sculcoates is a neighbouring parish, and mostly on the other side of the River Hull.  In fact, it is just about opposite Stoneferry, which was also part of Sutton parish at that time, to the SW and right up to the river.  The likelihood is that the marriage was at St Mary’s Church, long since destroyed in the Hull blitz, on the corner of Air St and Bankside.  There were indeed brickworks close by, not exactly within The Groves, but just the other side of Dansom Lane.  Old Maps show a site called ‘Brick Field’ and some buildings roughly opposite where the huge Reckitts factories were built later, now Reckitt-Benkiser on on the same sites.  And there were other brick works not so far away, around east Hull.  The 1851 Census lists them as living on Holderness Rd, which is right at the bottom, where that road, Witham and Dansom Lane all meet.  Mostly shops now. But you can view it on Google maps.
On balance, I would venture a guess that these are the same people.

Our Photo Albums of Sutton through the decades
19 numbered albums
2 of Glass Plate prints
2 of modern Sutton




1876 ~ 1973

We also have full-page scans of the
1932 - 1973 book

We have 23 photo albums of Sutton, and 5 of Wawne, of villagers and countless street and farming scenes, dating from the 1880s through to the 1980s. A similar range of dates cover the Sutton school registers and logbooks. If you or your child went to this Sutton school, or were resident in Wawne in past decades, you're probably here in our records.
Come and have a look; take digital copies for your family history ... bring a Stick!

5 Wawne Albums
Our Photo Albums of Wawne
                          through the decades

Each Friday, we also have access and use of records at both and also at FindMyPast.
Come and give it a try.
                        Photo Albums of Wawne through the decades
Lots of Old Photos
of Wawne

Our Photo Albums of Wawne through the
TIP: We can print you photos for a small fee, and can also email you photos, docs, and maps, etc, from our collections,  but it's also a great idea to bring a memory stick with you. We can  save to most camera cards. At a push, we can let you take info away with you on your CD-RW if you bring one, but it's not so versatile. A stick or card is by far the best. 
There are more details of just what archives and records we have here at Sutton on the


You May Well Be .... here's how to tell :

- You'd rather go to a cemetery than go shopping.
- You brake hard for libraries.
- You hyperventilate at the site of an old cemetery.
- You think every home should have a microfilm reader.
- You know every town clerk in your county by name.
- You get locked in the library overnight and never even notice. And no-one misses you!
- You are more interested in what happened in 1620 than 2020.
- You store your clothes under your bed.
- Your wardrobe is stuffed with notebooks & FH journals.
- You can pinpoint Suffolk, Dorset and Bedfordshire on a map;
                                                . . . . but can't find your car keys.
- You've traced your line back to Adam & Eve, all documented and you STILL don't quit.
- You're almost avaricious in helping other folks research THEIR family history.

If you answer 'yes' to any three of those or more, you've got it bad.
Go and see a . . . another genealogist ! Better still, come and see us!

Even Better Still .. Even .. become a Volunteer at this Old School Museum!
My thanks to the Leices & Rutland Family History Journal for these fascinating facts.

For those that are really serious, here's a new link, as we've just added our new website details to:
CYNDI'S LIST .. one of the most renowned genealogical research info sites of all time.
If you don't get away from that site inside 3 hours, you do have it bad!
But do come back to ours .. there's lots more here too.

ANOTHER REALLY GOOD LINK = UK PARISH LOCATOR. Absolutely Brilliant ; take a look.


a few words worth dwelling on, with regard to history,
how we teach it, and how we understand it,
by the celebrated English Historian, G M Trevelyan, in 1942

"In political history one King at a time reigns; one Parliament at a time sits. But in social history we find in every period several different kinds of social and economic organisation going on simultaneously in the same country, the same shire, the same town.

Thus, in the realm of agriculture, we find the open-field strip cultivation of the Anglo-Saxons still extant in the eighteenth century, side by side with ancient enclosed fields of the far older Celtic pattern, and modern enclosures scientifically cultivated by methods approved by Arthur Young.

And so it is with the varieties of industrial and commercial organisation – the domestic, the craft, the capitalist systems are found side by side down the centuries. In everything the old overlaps the new – in religion, in thought, in family custom. There is never any clear cut; there is no single moment when all Englishmen adopt new ways of life and thought."

from his preface to 'An English Social History', 1942


This link has been removed to a specific page for such serious history links, where other links to eBooks and serious reading may be found. They take slightly longer to load, and were slowing this page down, hence its removal to a more sedate place. I know serious readers will give the links within the page a few seconds to come down the wire.

This book is a list of all voters, and just as interesting, listing all the streets in Hull in that year. There's 80-something pages, the first pages are blank ;
Place your cursor into the book and use your mouse wheel to scroll through it, where you'll find a 'window scroller' at the side that is independent of scrolling the main page. It is also searchable, and the text can be magnified.

You will also find links to other online eBooks,
so links to BLASHILL, POULSON and HUTTON are already there.

Here's a link to another Blashill publication. Being a Stoneferry man, he had a serious interest in all of East Hull, not just Stoneferry and Sutton. Here we have his :
"Evidences Relating to the Eastern Part of the
City of Kingston-upon-Hull"

Historic and Listed Buildings within Sutton village;
a document published by Hull City Council

for Conservation Purposes

This fascinating 46-page document lists just about everything of architectural interest within the village, including a list of notable trees, and flora and fauna in the churchyard. All that, as well as explaining much of Sutton's history. Additionally, it contains a good number of modern colour photos. It will be of great use to ex-pat residents abroad who can no longer get here to see for themselves.A wonderful discovery!
As with other external links, it opens in a new window.
Historic and Listed Buildings within Sutton on Hull


This link is a real discovery; Trade and Business Directories
not just for Hull, but many areas of England & Wales.
If you're also researching family links in other towns and counties,
this link could be a real boon.
The first page has separate links to 10 areas and regions;
choose yours, and away you go.

NEW *** NEW *** SOLLITT'S DIRECTORY 1851 - 1861 *** NEW *** NEW

Another discovery, and a very local directory, but this time only available to view online, so you can't download and save it;  For Hull and local villages, Lincs and east Midlands, so covers a wide area.  But the info on Hull, local dignitaries from MPs and councillors to Harbour Board and Trinity House, is superb, a huge amount of history here. 
Interestingly, 'written' by the Headmaster of Hull's Grammar School, J.D. Sollitt,
and published by a printers, Mary Noble, in The Market Place, Hull. Surely, Mr Sollitt must have had help compiling this, we'd struggle to do it now even with the internet.
How did they do it? Another of the mysteries of former ages.
It even lists the 'Master' of the Ragged School on 'Drain Side', the first time I've ever seen confirmation that this name was actually used.

Be patient with it, 729 pages, loads in your browser as a PDF; takes a while.
It hightlights 'Wawne' because that was my search, but you can clear it.

This directory appears to have been one of many such publications of Victorian times who were all trying to capitalise on giving access to local info to those who could afford it.
8s .. or written another way, 8/-, being £0.8.0d.
Eight shillings was a huge some, more than a week's wages for labourers of the day.

At least one copy of an Almanack such as these was considered a must for any well-run household, with all the tide times, sunrise and sunset, timetables of local carriers, postal times & prices, railway companies and connections along with typical ticket prices, all rolled together in one huge tome, and more family names than you can shake a stick at.
All these can be considered to be the forerunners of today's Kelly's and Yellow Pages, and now we use Google search and Wikipedia!  Have we come full circle?
It was a Google search that found this!   I can't cope!

Britain from Above

A lot of very good pre-war aerial photos of Hull and surrounding areas. Use the requester box to specify any town or city, and then browse the offered list.


Our website gets visitors from all over the globe :
Other visitors in recent months have been from
New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, India, Ireland,
as well as the many regulars from the USA and Canada,
and all other points of the compass.
We also seem to be getting more visitors from European countries,
which is perhaps a result of the larger number of British folks working
and living on the continent than in former years.

Wherever you come from, or wherever you are now,
we greet and welcome you all.
If you haven't already started to research your Family History,
this is a very good time to visit us to start it off,
Hull being a "City of Heritage"

This is our
Do visit our
Or Email us for Family History enquiries
send an EMAIL to us direct
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This basic selection of Menu Buttons is provided for
Tablet Browsers not using the side menu

Google have also given us a 'business website'
which may suit viewing on a phone or tablet better.

Friends of The
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                          Events, commemorations or celebrations
                          Village, links to church, Village Hall and history Local
                          Photos & Images of Sutton & Wawne dozens of links
                          to military history, both local, national and military, including both World Wars, all armed services, and more ...
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Do visit our Guestbook; now over 160
                          entries from all over the world.

Lest We
Sutton War Memorial .. photos of each war
                          grave now added, Nov 2009 visit the
                          Commonwealth War Graves Commission website Wawne War Memorial
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we have
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Bus Map for Sutton

Church Street - main buildings
Streetmap - map of Sutton area ....
Streetmap - map of Wawne area ....

all open in new browser tab . . .
. . . but do bear in mind that Church St has a rather deceiving bend
right outside the church, where parking is incredibly allowed on both sides.
Deceiving because, also, the road narrows there too, at the 'kink'.
The 'simplified map' on the right does not show that bend. Beware, especially
of delivery vans and buses; mind how you go . . . and your mirrors !.

You can also now find the museum listed on Google Maps !
And if you enter HU7 4TL into your SatNav, you'll be here in a flash!
It's the same code used for Weddings, Baptisms, etc, at St James' Church
Google have also given us a 'business website'
which may suit viewing on a phone or tablet better.

See also the new Multimap links below
for new aerial photos of both villages.

Old Maps is a collection of Old Maps,
1880s to the 1950/60s, provided by
Landmark in association with the Ordnance Survey.
Some of the Edwardian maps, 1905 to 1910 and up
to and past the First War, are particularly clear,
indeed beautifully artistic.
Load and use the 1:2,500 maps where you can, they are very detailed,
showing tramlines, signal posts on railways, garden boundaries, etc.
Be sure to type in "Sutton-on-Hull" .. or "Kingston upon Hull"
.. with the dashes but not the quotes, or copy & paste the names.
It is actually easier just to enter postcodes in the relevant box.
For some reason, only Chrome, Opera and IE load these.
Firefox doesn't seem to want to load the places, though it does load the site.

There's sample maps of Sutton and Wawne at the bottom of this page.
Old Maps are just about worth persevering with, and they have reverted to allowing us to use the maps full screen as before. Old Maps, owned and run by the Ordnance Survey, want us to pay money to see them as we used to. But here's a tip. When a map is loaded into the box in the middle of the screen, or full screen, use Ctrl+scrollwheel to zoom in a bit. You won't get too far in, before the screen blanks out to a notice about subscribing and paying your sheikels, and the clarity won't be as sharp as they were, but can still prove fairly useful.

Click this link to see my extract of the map of old Craven Park
around 1928, and you'll see what I mean about how good they were.
Every tram track, every garden and outhouse ...
but this is a 10% compressed reduction!

TIP: for some reason, only Internet Explorer (IE) and Chrome will load these maps;
doesn't want to know. It loads the Home Page, but when you type a place in the search box, it just sits there and blinks at you. Chrome is probably best choice.

Use this page also in conjunction with the
Family History information and Other Links pages

for all information on the lists, archives and records here at Sutton,
click the FAMILY HISTORY button below.

If you like maps, good maps, AND photos, this site will
keep you up all night. Geograph have the aim of showing at least
one photo in EVERY 1km square of the Ordnance Survey
maps of Great Britain. There are already lots of photos
of the Hull and Sutton area, and I mean LOTS, and thousands of stunning photos
from all over the country - add yours to them!
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  One particular local photographer is Sutton's own Bernard Sharp. We now have his 7th Edition of the graveyard photos DVDs. All the previous editions have proved invaluable both to us in the museum, as well as to visitors looking for lost graves. There are well over 2,000 grave and monument photos. But Bernard also has over 7,000 photos posted on GeographUK, of the wider Hull area, and they're well worth a browse by themselves. You can view them by Thumbnails, or as a Slideshow. The link below is to nearly 300 of Bernard's Sutton on Hull photos alone, and it opens in a new window.   BERNARD SHARP'S SUTTON PHOTOS on GEOGRAPH-UK

A full list of all the graves in both churchyards, St Peter's and St James',
are on this website at GRAVEYARD LISTS.   Photos supplied via email on request.
A page of
is now on the Other Links Page
Family History enquiries for St James, Sutton & St Peter, Wawne.
Additionally, a page of

is now available on the button above;
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Are you a reasonably fit adult?
Could you ring a bell ?
Recruits required to build up our team of bellringers for St James' church.
Anyone can apply, novices welcome;
10 yrs old and above welcome if accompanied by an adult.
We need 6 bellringers, training given.
It's great fun. Come and join us!
Practice night is alternate Fridays.
Apply to Gwyneth Moffatt on 377595

Bing Maps has the advantage of requiring no previous download, and of being able to see a 'bird's-eye view' of any of the churches, from all four points of the compass.
View our Churchyards on BING MAPS

Do make full use of it ... it's free!
but please bear in mind these aerial photos
are at least 10 years old, but we find that gravestones and churches don't tend to move all that far, even in 10 years.

Sutton = HU7 4TL ::: Wawne = HU7 5XH
For those with relatives buried here, who cannot get to see these graves in our peaceful churchyards at Sutton and in Wawne, this facility will be of great interest as well as comfort.
Just type in the postcode.

Sutton on Hull
in the
Domesday Book
Both villages are mentioned in the Domesday Book, and their entries can be seen on the links, right and left.
An overview of THE DOMESDAY BOOK itself
can be seen on this link.
in the
Domesday Book

This spot is where you formerly would have found lots of items of 'Sutton Memories'.
This page was getting much too long, so a new 'Memories Page' has been created,
and all items pertaining to memories and photos contributed by our many
friends and supporters can now be found HERE.

See many items illustrating the day to day life

the late ERIC JOHNSON . . his photo collection is one of our several collections, along with Rev Coleman's, available to view in the Museum the REV. GEORGE COLEMAN . . his photo collection is another of our several collections, along with Eric Johnson's, available to view in the Museum of Sutton & Wawne folk
going back over 100 years.

There's more details of what there is to see, resource archives, records, school registers, CD's, hundreds of photos, etc, on the FAMILY HISTORY page,
and this link .. SUTTON RESOURCES .. takes you directly the list of what is available in the Museum on that page.


. . . is the Museum & Exhibition Room, open on most Fridays lunchtimes,
when you will be welcome to sample coffee and biscuits
as you browse the fascinating collections we have here.

The photos above are Eric Johnson, headmaster here for many years and a renowned photographer, and Rev. George Coleman, vicar here in the 1920s and another photographer of note in the village. Their photographic collections form the core of the collections we hold here in the Museum and are available to view every Friday.

Living History . . Come and See It . . Be a Part of It !
If you or your family came from here . .. you already are part of it !!
Even if you're family heritage isn't Sutton or Wawne,
this is still British Social and Folk History par excellence.
You can still research relatives in other towns and counties - even from here ! 
You don't have to have a Sutton or Hull connection ... we DO Family History!

TIP: If you come to see us to find your own family and records, it's a great idea to bring a memory stick with you. We can save to most camera cards. At a push, we can let you take info away with you on a CD, but it's not so versatile. A memory stick/pen, or card, is by far the best. We also print most photos, docs, and maps, etc, for a modest charge that goes towards the running of the museum, and we can email copies of photos, docs, direct to your mailbox too.

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The website for this fantastic facility for the city is
It is very important that you view their "Planning Your Visit" page,
before you go ... it gives advice and info on Reader's Tickets,
now known as a CARN, and what type of ID you will
need to have with you to register to get one.
Please note: the old CARN system is being updated,
to take account of new regs on Data Protection.
Even exisiting holders will need to re-register to obtain a new one.

Visitors will not be able to access the Search Rooms without one.
But please note, if you hold a CARN card from another local authority,
e.g. Lincs County Council Libraries, etc, that will do nicely.

is that their opening hours have been much reduced; ie closed on Mondays,
and only open every other Saturday! Shucks!

Here's a huge site that's gone from strength to strength ..
A history of Workhouses and Unions around the country,
with a list organised by county and then towns.

Often, each individual workhouse page will give diagrams and maps of their location, old photos where the buildings survived into the 20th century, (as with Hull's Workhouse where the Royal Infirmary on Anlaby Road now is), and a full list of staff and inmates as of the 1881 census, which can be seen in it's entirety here in Sutton - for free!  

It also documents Sculcoates and Skirlaugh, amongst others, and an amazing resource, well worth a visit. A telling reminder of how far society has come ...
and how cruel life once was.
Somewhere that is very well worth a visit when you're in town,
located in their new shop down Whitefriargate, further down from City Square and on the right hand side, they have a marvellous display that's very well worth seeing. Telling Hull's story in the blitz in particular, but also housing a great deal of information and artefacts from both World Wars in general, it really is a little goldmine. The shop sells a wide range of gifts and memorabilia, DVDs, all helped to raise funds for the proper city centre memorial to our civilian war dead now errected in City Square.

Prior to that, the only memorial was over in Chanterlands Avenue Cemetery and a bit out of the way. Visitors to the city, even when they saw the understated plaque that was previously set into the paved area, got no sense of what this place endured and went through. Fundraising for the People's Memorial was very successful, and the new memorial sculpture and visitor boards will go a long way to inform and educate all who visitors who see it.
Visit their website for more details of shop opening times, etc.




Rev Charles Paley
                  1931-1943 Rev Leslie
                  Reynolds 1943-1962
St James' Church in Sutton had two vicars during the Second World War, the Rev. Charles Paley and the Rev. Leslie Reynolds. There are many folk still around now who were married by these men, and who would maybe appreciate a photo of them for their own family history archives.
Indeed, it was just such a comment in our Guestbook from someone back in 2012 looking for an image of the Rev. Paley that prompted me to scan these photos from our wall gallery in the museum and place them here. I've included these two here for now, as they were our wartime vicars, who along with their parishioners and the wider citizenship of Hull generally, endured the suffering and constant heartache those wartime years brought. And no doubt, both officiated at or attended many of the numerous wartime funerals caused by the Blitz.
A full list of
Previous Rectors, and the Priests
of the College Chapel
can be seen by clicking the link.

The Old Reading Rooms, Sutton Leisure & Sports


... formerly The Reading Rooms
... dating from 1877.

Just along Church Street,
about 300m from the Old School.
I must recommend you visit this site. Especially for youngsters interested in sports, and even more especially snooker. Thewebsite is superb, the whole place has taken on a new lease of life inthe past few years, and now they can offer conference, youth, sport and training facilities onsite. An incredible team of volunteers, these are folks that make things happen for Sutton village.  (click the picture)

Some of the Groups and Societies
to which we have given talks or presentations
to raise funds to benefit the upkeep of our museum

EY FAMILY HISTORY SOC Carnegie Centre, Anlaby Rd
HULL BRIDGE WIVES GROUP - Grovehill, Beverley
EY LOCAL HISTORY SOC Carnegie Centre, Anlaby Rd
UNIVERSITY OF THE 3rd AGE - Portobello Methodists Church
COTTINGHAM Local History Soc - Hallgate Sch
GARDEN VILLAGE Local History Group - Clubhouse Garden Village
COTTINGHAM Mens' d'LUDA Soc - Arlington Hall Cottingham
HEDON Town Hall, The Hedon Historical Society
NORTH FERRIBY Methodists Womens Fellowship
ANLABY Friendly Circle at Anlaby Synagogue
COTTINGHAM East Yorkshire Assoc of National Trust
WILLERBY Awake, Anlaby, Willerby & Kirkella U3A
ANLABY PARK Methodists Wives Group

We thank them all for their support.


DVD about Sutton on Hull
(documentary, works on TV)

£10 each

copies still available

of photos being restored?

Perhaps after flood or
other accidental damage.
I can help! ~ REVIVE IT !!
Rob does simple repairs
here at the Museum on
Fridays, while you wait.
So bring a memory-stick
or card to take yours away ~
No need to leave your copy,
they can be scanned while you wait
Complicated repairs can also
be emailed to you, usually
by the following Friday.
... see my page on our

Just click the link.

ALL proceeds from this service
always go to the Museum Fund
towards its upkeep

I also process slides, glass or film, card or plastic mounts, and negatives - either loose or in strips.
All proceeds to our Museum Funds.

Recent restorations, seen left, have been two very large and badly damaged historic photos of both Hull rugby league teams, dating from 1910 for HKR, and the late 1960s for Hull FC.
The HKR photo was effectively in three pieces!
The next two examples were done for friends;
both contributed to the museum in return for these 'repairs'  .. albeit only digitally.

Click to enlarge: we have a family in the 1920s,
and a modern police officer

Click on the family photo or Royal Marine, above
to see my web page for other examples.

No expenses or costs deducted ~
all proceeds for the Museum.

Our Free Museum & Exhibition is open inside the Old School every week on Fridays
from 10 am to 2 pm . . .
soft drinks, tea, coffee, biscuits can be served ..
£1 per person for tea or coffee

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Not bad for a hot drink, a biccy, and a natter!
And we have a tearoom where you are welcome
to bring your own sandwiches or pack-up
to give you that extra time to
browse our extensive collections ...
find school attendance records in our registers
or photos of parents and grandparents
and their classmates ..
... take all 4 hours if you wish.

VISITOR COUNTER There is an extra visitor counter, near the bottom of the
the first text block on our Home Page.  Click the 'Globe' logo. It shows where in the world our visitors are coming from, and even what browser they're using. If you have come to this site from overseas, you'll even see the flag of your country and what time you visited. We've recently had visits from folks in Australia, Rotterdam, and Bogota in Columbia amongst others, and all over the UK.  Magic or what !
TransPennine Trail

For folks long since left the Sutton area, it may be of interest to find out that Sutton is now On the Map !   
Sutton on Hull is right astride the Trans-Pennine Trail that runs from Southport on the Lancashire coast, to Hornsea on the East Yorkshire coast, where the cycle Trail utilises the old railway track
very close to the side of our Old School.    See old map below.
The Garden Village Family History Research Group Garden
                        Village Club House, Elm Avenue
The Club House, Garden Village Oval .. HU8 8PZ

2019/20 season now running

there are now spaces available for new researchers !

(You don't have to live in Garden Village ... or even in Hull)
Just pop in, no booking needed. Tuesday afternoons, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

A research group for more 'mature-folk'
to get into their own family history using
internet resources and computer technology.
Their computer suite has access to Ancestry records as well as the
usual birth, marriage and death indexes; all censuses up to 1911;
and many other records, a lot of which are actually free -
it doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Or more to the point . . .

COME AND MAKE A START - and find out !

We have everything you could need for meaningful and relaxing searching;
a warm room ; free parking ; reliable wi-fi access ;
long tables for layout of your work ;
plus all the help a novice could need from experienced researchers who have
been there and know just how it feels to be new to this absorbing hobby.
Full internet access; research Old Maps + a wide range of general historic info
We show how to gain as much as you can for free online.
There are helpers on hand to give guidance wherever required,
whether with family history resources or just general computer use.
Novice or more experienced computer users welcome -
We're a friendly group that assist and help each other,
and many members need that extra little bit of help,
perhaps having only just got a computer themselves or even about to get one.
Whatever your level, we can help you build your family tree.

We have unlimited free parking, in a very quiet area,
4 desktop PC computers for research, plus free Wi-Fi,
so bring your laptop or tablet if you so wish,
or at least a memory stick/card, to copy and
take your new-found family history home with you.

Tuesday afternoons: 1:30 to 3:30 *** £2.50 per session.
Includes tea/coffee/biscuits.

To enquire more, please ring 708104 and ask for Carol
or 376043 and ask for Gordon.

  The Carnegie Heritage Centre
Anlaby Rd, by West Park
and the flyover

One of Hull's best-loved and and paradoxically, at the same time, least-known resources, located in the
historic and beautifully restored
Carnegie Library near West Park.
Specialising in all historical research and info, with a specific leaning to local social and family history research using all modern technologies with a great deal of help and advice on hand.
This place has to be seen to be believed!
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Click below for their website, email contacts, events and opening times.
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                        Armed Forces Veterans Badge Did you serve in HM Armed Forces?

The Ministry of Defence are offering this badge to men and women who served in HM Armed Forces.
Included groups are :
Merchant Navy Seamen involved in military action, Polish Forces under UK command, the Cyprus Regiment, and The Home Guard. There are also new details of a Merchant Seaman's badge, which is the Veterans Badge shown on the "Red Duster".

Please note: this criteria does not include Veterans who served in the Armed Forces of other Countries and who served alongside HM Armed Forces.
For example;
Royal Canadian Navy, or Royal Australian Air Force.
It is regrettable that the badge cannot be issued posthumously.

The badge is a survivors' badge, which is to be worn on civilian attire.
The only exception to this are War Widows and Widowers who are getting a
War Widows/Widowers Pension.
The previous time restriction of 40+ years no longer applies.
All former servicemen and women, from all operations and campaigns,
are eligible to apply.

Application Forms are available
in the Exhibition & Resource Centre,
or can be obtained from :
The Veterans Agency

. . or from their website
The Veterans Agency Website
Freephone (UK): 0808 1914 218
Telephone (from overseas): +44 1253 866 043
Fax: 01452 510 871

Once applied for, they usually take about 6 - 8 weeks.
If you need to contact MOD about your veterans badge application,
you can phone, fax or send an
email to: Veterans help
Note : You cannot apply for a veterans badge by email.



click for larger image of book cover


by Leonard C Bacon in softback, A4 size.
Copies are now available to buy
From Mrs Judith Bangs of the EYFHS at:
5 Curlew Close
East Yorkshire
HU17 7QN

or at the Balloon Barrage Reunion Club website.

We must add our own thanks that Len completed this history
before his untimely death on 23 Aug, 2007.
See the FAMILY HISTORY page for some useful links and general help if
you are just starting out on your quest.

Another Hull site that is well worth a visit
for general city history and Family History Links,
as well as a tremendous amount of info on WW2 and the Hull Blitz.
Click the logo to pay them a visit.

And if you like your history with a more of a British slant to it .. try


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You also have the option to select your own date input!
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Here's the link to walk' past the Old School Gate and War Memorial. The scene opens in a new window. Move the mouse around - and when pointer turns to a circle, click, and you'll progress along the street to that point. Want to see that house where your great grandad was born in that town you've never been to? Put the address into Google Maps, and fly there, then drag that orange man onto the street.
Or it could be an orange woman, as I'm told they multi-task.
Now, is that Magic or what!

Also try Bing Maps (formerly Multimap). Bing Maps also has the advantage of requiring no previous download, and being able to see a better 'bird's-eye view' of any of the churches, from all four points of the compass, but please bear in mind these photos are at least a few years old. For those with relatives buried here, who cannot get to see these graves in the peaceful churchyards at Sutton and in Wawne, this facility will be of great interest as well as comfort.
Please make full use of it ... it's free!
image of St
                      James', Sutton on Hull, from the churchyard: taken  9 Sept 2006

A 15yr old image of St James',

from the churchyard:

taken 9 Sept 2006 looking south west.

Use this page also in conjunction with the Family History information and links page for more information as to what is in the Centre, and other links on the World Wide Web.
Family History enquiries for St
                                James, Sutton & St Peter, Wawne.

If you came straight onto this page, and don't see the SIDE MENU -
click the button below to reveal it and take you back to the HOME PAGE
view Side Menu on the left if not
                                already visible, for a lot more button  links

sample maps of old Sutton, and old Wawne,
c.1910 ... scale: 1:2,500

sample map of Sutton - click map
                                  to load full map at Old Maps
Click this link to see a better copy at the Old-Maps website
Sutton OS Map 1910
tip: when it loads, use your mouse roller to zoom out a couple of notches to view the free map, as it first loads the very detailed maps that have to be paid for. Click blue icons to disable the blue shaded print view. Then you will be able to make it full screen as before, and drag the map around to view the wider area.
You can look south to Hull, or north and east, view outlying farms,
as far as you want and see much more than this extract here.

sample map of Wawne - click map
                                  to load full map at Old Maps
Click this link to see a better copy at the Old-Maps website
Wawne OS Map 1910
tip: when it loads, use your mouse roller to scroll out a little to view the free map,
as it thinks you want the detailed maps that have to be paid for.

STONEFERRY - Cement Works - railways sidings and yards - Wilmington Station
Here's another map, but this one is the link, so click it to load it
at the Old Maps website, then you can move it around.
When you see blue screen and "Subscribe for Zoom' notice,
then zoom out a couple of notches to see the Free maps.
tip: Click the blue icons on top right to 'switch off print extent' and make 'full screen.'
As with the two maps above, once loaded, you can drag them around a wider area,
so you will be able to see the outlying farms and field patterns.
I really do recommend Old Maps again now ...

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