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Our little Museum inside The Old School .. click to enlarge crammed with visitors for our WW1 Exhibition .. 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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Free   Exhibition   &   Folk Museum

Opening Times :
Every Friday . . 10 am - 2 pm

Admission to Our Folk Museum
we are totally self-funded
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 the picture for a closer look at the restored railway seat

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This bar of chocolate takes you to a brief history of The Old School
go to a brief history of The Old School - it really is better than chocolate

If you were seeking the NEWER (1977) St James' Church of England Academy on
Dorchester Road, this direct link opens a new window : Go to St James' CoE Academy
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A choice image that is changed regularly, chosen from our huge archive
of recent scans as we digitise our whole collection for posterity.

This wonderful image of Mr Eric Johnson, Sutton school's much loved headmaster,
was brought in to us by Tony Clark during our recent Old School Re-union in July. The vast majority of our huge collection of modern school photos are by Mr Johnson, literally hundreds of them, so it is unusual and a rare find to have the chance to scan and save such an evocative photo. Almost certainly set up by himself on a 'timer' on another camera on a tripod, we see him demonstrating one of his many cameras to some interested pupils.

A dedicated teacher, one would say, born to the job, he could easily have made his living as a professional photographer. We are so lucky to have such a fine collection, and to be able to add occasional new examples as this. And, of course, it is now added to our collection, and so qualifies to be displayed here as a choice scan.
Thank you Tony .. who is the boy on the left.

.. click image to enlarge in same window; backspace to end ..

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we can deploy a ramp for access - do ask for assistance we can deploy a ramp for access - do ask for assistance
Come and see us !
Go through that open door in the School, you can see it on
the photo above, just at the back of the church office.

Bus service 12 passes our gate,
services 9, 11 and 13 go close by
at the top of Leads Rd.
The Old School is opposite the top of Highfield,
right where the letters 'UR' appear on ChURch Street.
Additionally, there is a new
map here
showing the relative positions of
The Old School,
the Church Office,
the Church Hall, War Memorial,
free car parking, and
St James' Church.
TOP of PAGE you can Contact Us the museum directly END of PAGE
The rooms within The Old School, including kitchen, are also available for hire.
Click for details.
Absolutley IDEAL if you are looking for that small venue with facilities
for your weekly HOBBY GROUP meetings. Give it a try! Email us HERE

Our new museum shop !

We give sincere thanks to all our volunteers listed here.
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.

a lovely view .. click to see
A lovely view of the
Church & Cottages
c.1970 by Colin Grant

war memorial in 1970s
The War Memorial
in the 1970s

More Blasts
From The Past ..

RAF Sutton 1945

Familiar faces!

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:
One other pic below is of our founder, Merrill, and husband Peter,
along with Ann Pullen, and .... who? Final view is of
five of our happy volunteers good and true to serve teas!
A selection of images inside our museum, and one of the station
See more Sutton Station photos in
our Photo Gallery no4 ..
click PHOTOS in the menu.

Our oldest Volunteer, Barbara,
showing off her new pinny for serving visitors tea!
Still going strong at ... almost *^"* ,,,,
Church St, c.1920
Church St c.1920
an old postcard view
Note the 32 is
on time1
Entrance to West Carr Lane
Stoneferry, entrance to
West Carr Lane

More Blasts
From The Past ..

Wold View Farm
c.1990, now a
well-known nursery

Sutton Station, c1920s
this very dark postcard
scanned a lot lighter,
to show that there is
a train just coming in,
bound for Hull

FREE Family History Research

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.
The green 'roadsign'below shows our facilities.
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, so it's time to consult our
plus snippets of This & That and lots and lots of memories TOP BOTTOM
now running every Friday
inside our refurbished tearoom

100 years of weddings, from Edwardian through to modern times.
Many images from our huge archive collection, plus 'loans'.

Wedding Exhibition 3    lily      Wedding Exhibition 2      lily    Wedding Exhibition 1

.. .. a fresh family history starts with every wedding .. ..
Many thanks to the local volunteer, Rob, who has offered to help us move our damaged and vandalised 3m signboard to a local workshop for repair. Your help is greatly appreciated.

.... for another SCHOOL RE-UNION this year.
Thank you to all who attended, and for your good wishes and generous donations. And thanks to the children and Mrs Capes from St James' Acadamy who came to entertain us with extracts from their recent production, "The Wizard of Oz," and brought us yet another donation for our funds collected throughout the school and by their parents. Their performance was truly delightful, and certainly made our school halls echo like rarely before.
Impressive! Someone suggested, why not have one of these every year?
Good suggestion, well presented. Why not indeed ... we're working on it!
Pic comes full screen if you use F11, and slide the menu to the left.

We are in East Park tomorrow, the 27th, for another VETERANS' WEEKEND. Sharing a stall with our friends of the Yorkshire Regiment Association, we will be in the middle of the park, on the path to the caf. We've been hesitant to post this too far in advance, as we had to cry off last year owing to the weather; repeated downpours the few days before left the park waterlogged, and even the weekend itself was rather wet.
Hoping for an improvement ....


Another busy day inside the Museum today, and visitors all the way from Rome ! Two Italian visitors on holiday found our brochure in the railway station concourse, and came all the way out to Sutton to pay us a visit. Gabriel and Maria Teresa were very interested in the background to the Old School and even managed to meet Merrill & Peter who also briefly called by. They very much enjoyed what they saw, and we thank them for their kind words. When invited to have their photo taken alongside the exhibits of wedding gowns, Gabriel joked that he thought he was getting married again!

Their photos are clickable to enlarge, and I have emailed them original copies
... these are just 25% of the original size.

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.
It has been announced that the national event, Heritage Open Days, will again take place in September. There are a range of dates for these, spanning some two weeks, but we'll not confuse the issue with what other venues are or are not doing, we'll just concentrate on our own Open Days that we know we can commit to. No doubt those who want the full brochure about other citywide venues when it comes out will obtain one from their usual sources.

Friday 20th and Sat 21st September,

and we will be open 10am to 4pm on both days.
Paul Schofield has kindly agreed to do his usual
Sutton on Hull Guided Walk on the Friday, 20th.

For more general information on the event, you can access their website on: HODS 2019

This year, in September, will mark the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. I know it seems we have barely finished commemorating and remembering the sacrifices of one war when we are thrown into another. Yes - it must have seemed like that to folks at the time too. But in truth, there was just 21 years between them, just enough time for one generation to grow up and again be called upon to sacrifice all for their country. So, in September, we will honour and remember them too.

CHURCH WEDDINGS : a Wedding Photo Exhibition
Our exhibition will open on May 10, of photos of weddings that have taken place in Sutton village over the decades.We have quite a few in the photo albums, dating back to the 1880s. We will also be displaying more modern photos, printed from scans of photos that Sutton folk of today, or their children, have brought in over the past few weeks. All originals were returned to their owners, but when the exhibition ends, our prints will find their way into our archives, preserved in Sutton's history forever. They will take their place alongside the hundreds of images we already have, making both Sutton and Wawne two of the best documented villages anywhere in the land.

It appears that, although Google+ has gone, that has not affected our Google 'Business Site'; a different entity it seems. So for anyone who has missed the link on the Home Page, and would like to check out our 'other website', t'is here with a click .. and opens in a new tab so you don't lose this one.
Also, on checking Google Maps, they have us positioned right once again. Everything appears to be in it's rightful place; the Old School, the Church Office, and the church itself. All tickety boo. As to Google itself, I will fully confess I'm in the dark as to what they do, what we have, and what we can do. I use it, and love the maps, and getting reviews, but figuring out access, amendments, updates, and what works and what doesn't ... drives me potty!

This is a 'Shout-Out' in thanks for a kindness .. ...
Many thanks to Elliott Hygiene, of Raywell St, Hull, for their generosity. The boss, and receptionist, all concerned very helpful as we continue to upgrade our facilities at the Old School and Museum. Blessings to you all.
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 shed, 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. The example shown here is a naval number, AB being able seaman, though they were in fact issued to a marine as replacements. I suppose the stores had a load with AB pre-stamped, and he got what he was given.
Other items to mention are kitbags, (but not many kept those), small leather suitcases, and shoe clothes brushes, often stamped on the top 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.'

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: 15 May 2018 :

The DVD "Sutton Bransholme & Wawne", a digitised copy of Merrill Rhodes' book of the same name, is now available to view online.

Unlimited 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

Spring 2018 came at last, amid great cheer and thankfulness that the long winter is over.
St James' churchyard looks particularly lovely once again, 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. 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 (ne 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, ne 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, ne 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.

JOAN PYBUS : .. would the lady please give me another call;
I have some more information for her and have mislaid her return phone number.

Access to the collection 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 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
HM 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.'

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
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 images 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.

Also on sale now at History Centre in Hull
if you can't get to the museum on Fridays.
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 !
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 of about 1930. I cut this card 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 ..much
more to see when you visit .. Incredible list of resources. Use also with
FAMILY HISTORY button below ... Upcoming Events, commemorations or celebrations
Wawne 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 ...
SOCIETY ... opens in new window .. and HIGHLY recommended 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 Forget
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 Menu on the left if not already visible, for a lot
more button links .. but it goes back to Home Page; then click Museum button again        DUMP THIS SIDE MENU for Tablet Browsing

You're very nearly half-way down !

Or even half-way up.

- a modern mystery of Meaux

Now back for display in our museum
The model was not made by us, and was 'loaned' to us in the first place, back in the days when Merrill herself was the museum manager. We've had a few changes since then, as well as a move round in the exhibits and a re-arrangement in the museum room itself, but to admit it was astray somewhere was a bit disconcerting. Meaux Abbey model

Meaux Abbey model So, we are relieved to be able to say that we now have it safe and sound once more, and even more relieved to be able to say that we hadn't properly 'lost it', just that it had been mislaid. And of course, it will be available to be viewed by anyone who wishes to see it. It goes without saying that any future 'loans' will most definitely have to be signed for and go 'in-the-book.'

Just an idle thought: it is instructive to reflect that Meaux Abbey stood on that site for some 400 years, a period of time that, if we were starting from now, would take us back to the 1600s and the time of the English Civil War. It was several lifetimes in its existance, and now lost almost without trace.
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our FACEBOOK page
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 striking new 'Museum Sign',
and the man who painted it, Ken Cooke.

Ken, along with his sister Sylvia, were two of our very first volunteers back in 1999. He was a professional signwriter before he retired, and his handywork was to be seen all over Hull on various industrial premises until very recently.
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 enlarge

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

our FACEBOOK page
Photos here record their visits when we hosted the Suddaby family to our museum in the past couple of years.

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 present 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 with freshly remembered information 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."

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. Indeed, there is 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 will be some pleasurable task for all of us, there are so many well-known Sutton names in there, and just about every family of those times seems to be represented 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, a magnificent donation to our 'collections'. For we can now say is that we hold five 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; the Bernard Sharp Graveyard Collection on CD; and now a fourth, the 'Suddaby Family' collection on glass slides, printed photos and digital media.

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.


We have also had a donation of interesting photos, including two huge panoramas of Malet Lambert pupils and staff in 1949 and 1951, from former churchyard gardener, Ivor Lewis.

Ivor recently retired as St James' churchyard gardener, and is about to move away from Sutton. He lost his wife, Alison, very recently, and wanted to donate many family photographs and momentos they have always intended to pass to us eventually. It also came to light that it is Ivor we have to thank for the placing of the wooden remembrance crosses on all the war graves every year. They appeared year in and year out, as if by magic, in time for Remembrance Sunday.

Of course, we know now it was Ivor and Jamie, his assistant, who did the placing, and moreover knew where to place them. Ivor also gave us valuable information on how the War Graves Commission fund the maintenance of war graves and how their communications came in through the Church Office. The tradition having 'failed' this year, for want of information as to who and where, myself and the other volunteers will see it is done next year, and beg Jamie's continued help there to locate the more overgrown and obscure family graves where crosses should be laid.

As it happened, Ivor was with us when Andrew Suddaby arrived, and it turned out the two families knew each other, particularly the Suddaby children and the Jarratts, who were Alison's family. Naturally, some good conversation ensued, and yet more memories and anecdotes were exchanged. I think we're going to have to put a sign over the Sutton & Wawne Museum, "Anecdote Exchange". It's great fun.

We all thank Ivor indeed for his photos, and past efforts and support of our museum, and wish him well in his move to his new home.


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.

A MEMORY OF THE HULL BLITZ: the late Gwen Atkin

One wartime memory that has come recently to light was from an ex-Hull resident, Mrs Gwen Atkin, who first wrote to me over 20 years ago. I recently rediscovered her letter, written long before this website was started or my association with the Sutton & Wawne Museum, and felt it would be appropriate to hear her words here.

I know now that Gwen sadly died only a year or so after these memories were sent to me, in 1996. Formerly Miss Gwen Jones, of Ormorod Rd, just off Priory Rd, she had sent her memories firstly to the letters page of the Derby Telegraph on what was then the 50th anniversary of the Hull Blitz back in 1991. Gwen also forwarded these words to a teacher at Hull Grammar School at the same time, so they also should have a copy of this. Her husband, Alan Atkin, now sadly also deceased, had lived on Rosedale Grove on Spring Bank West, and they were schoolpals.

These are her words, with slight ammendments as to punctuation to split long sentences up. Her description of a child's memory of wartime in Hull is, I think, compelling, and although she is no longer with us, her memories should still be recorded and preserved. I'm sure her memories and emotions will ring true with many of her age who shared those times with her all around this city, and inform young folks today something of the horrors their forefathers went through and endured as children.

I was almost nine years old when war broke out, and at the time of the blitz, I was ten and a half. I lived with my parents and sisters in Ormorod Road, Settings Dyke Estate (the flat-topped houses on Priory Rd). The week of the blitz, my dad was on night shift at the Joseph Ranks Flour Mill, Drypool, and one of my sisters who was a nurse at the Anlaby Rd hospital, was also on night duty that week.

Because we had only moved into Ormorod Road in June, 1939, there had been no one living in the house when the council took names for the Anderson shelters in 1938/39. So we didn't get a shelter until two years after the war had started. The council then errected an ugly square one. The irony is that on the 3rd Sept 39, when the workmen were actually concreting the shelters of the neighbours on either side of us, Chamberlain was announcing the declaration of war, and the workmen were using a hose connected to our cold water tap !!

The result of this was that during air-raids, including the blitz, we sheltered under our heavy kitchen table, a white-topped wooden one. This was pushed against the central wall of the house, the settee was then put along the long side, and the two easy chairs at either end. Then we crawled into this 'cave' in which we had a single mattress and pillows, and in these cramped conditions, slept or tried to, my mum, sister aged 19, my neice aged 2.

During the early hours of Thurs 8 May, about 3.30am, when things seemed to be over, we opened our back door and we could see the whole skyline over Hull from the north-east to the south-west aflame, the centre being beyond the Radiator Works (Ideal Boilers). It seemed to throb and pulsate and you could hear further explosions. It really was a frightening sight.

Dad arrived home safe at about 8am, as glad to see us as we were to see him. My sister was OK too, although we didn't see her for a few days as she worked 16 hours with a brief sleep, and then worked again until all the casualties had been brought in and seen to.

The Thursday night was a repeat of Wednesday. This time it was Rank's that was set on fire, and dad was one of the men who rescued about sixteen cart horses from their blazing stables. I think they took them onto the green at Drypool, but not certain of that fact. Once again, dad's luck held, as although High Explosive bombs had hit the grain silo, they didn't explode until the next day, and I remember the graphic photos of the thousands of tines of grain cascading into the River Hull.

I was at this time a pupil of Priory Rd Junior School, which during the war doubled as a rest centre in such emergencies. At least 200 people that week were kitted out with fresh clothes and after a week, were bussed out to the country for safety and to recuperate after their brief traumatic experiences. Quite a few of us girls from the top class turned up to help the WVS ladies and our teachers, and we felt quite a part of the war effort as we carried tea and sandwiches round, and chatted to these distressed people who had lost everything.

I went with my mum into town early the following week, and we couldn't believe our eyes, the devastation was terrible. Bricks and rubble all over hose pipes still in all directions across road and pavement, shops with their upper storeys missing and ground floor windows boarded up, but still chalked on them Open as Usual. The thing I remember the most was the smell of burning, still in the air, of wood, rags and paper etc, and there seemed to be a fog everywhere the dust from the demolition gangs and smoke mingling. Even after 50 years, I've only to get a whiff of the bonfires on Guy Fawkes night and I think back to those nights when Hull reall was a Hell on Earth.

My husband and I attended Ainthorp Grove Senior School from September 1941 until 1944. We were pals then, and had great fun searching for shrapnel and other likely souvenirs after any raid. We still have a few bits and pieces in an old 'service canteen', shrapnel from shells and bombs, a fin off an incendiary bomb, a piece of parachute chord from a land mine, the tip of a propeller, etc.

I do also remember, just before D-Day, all the hundreds of army vehicles parked on suburban roads near to where I lived; Willerby Rd, Wold Rd, Priory Rd, and National and Bricknell Avenues. All were choked with lorries and tanks and their tranporters for weeks, and how it all seemed so quiet and empty when they left.

All four of our children have each in turn taken our collection of bits to their school here in Derby (where air-raids were few and far between) when they have been asked for memorabilia. Two years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the out break of war, my grandson's class were doing a project on the war, and he asked me if I would take them along to show his teacher. I was asked to tell them about each item and of how it felt to be in it, and because I was their age at the time, was able to relate very well with them. They asked lots of questions and were very interested. I felt quite touched.

One amusing incident happened while I was at Ainthorp School, a bit later on in the war. I was in class 2B in 1942/43 when we had a daylight raid. The sirens went at about 3pm, and we marched smartly to our class shelter. When the guns started, one or two of us were nervous, and our teacher Miss Webb said let's have a sing-song to drown out the noise. We sang every song we could think of, from popular songs to school songs, hymns and carols. At about 4.30pm, the school caretaker put his head around the door and said, what's all this row? And didn't we know the all-clear had gone at 3.30pm. We all marched out rather sheepishly."

Mrs Gwen Atkin (ne Jones) 1930 - 1996     

It is nice to end on that lighter note. There was humour in wartime, and funny occurances all the time, even amid all the death, trauma and destruction. A sense of humour is what kept folks going, gave them the strength to endure. What is also striking is Gwen's memories of helping at a rest centre, the numbers involved that passed through those centres, almost nightly at times. We take it for granted now, but it underlines that massive, incredibly massive, amount of work and organisation undertaken by women in all sectors of relief work.

From providing refreshments to fire crews and ambulance staff, as well as to air raid wardens and rescue teams, they supported utility workers trying to cut off the gas, electric, etc, to make areas safe. All of that often under fire, as bombs still rained down. And to the work of organising and running shelters and rest centres, all had to be planned and thought about.

Where did all those clothes come from, where did all those folks get sent to out of the city when they'd lost their homes? Who looked after them? Frequently, those lady organisers were the very severe and stout looking ladies with pens and clipboards and a good barking voice, the 'formiddable' sort that were often made fun of and often derided at the time, but they were the backbone in every town and county. Under them was that vast army of women helpers, often ladies who had themselves lost husbands or sons in the First War just over 20 years before. They knew the cost of war, and what we were fighting for. Fortitude was their watchword.

Perhaps the three main womens' organisations nationwide were the Women's Voluntary Service or WVS, the Women's Institute or W.I., and the Red Cross. There were many others, all did their bit, all were indispensible, and as we saw from Gwen's account, many schoolchildren helped out in minor ways, along with their own teachers.

What an effort. My hat is doffed to them all. Respect!


One particular recent enquiry came up struck me as being of a subject around which there will be much interest in years to come was that of 'child evacuation' from the city generally. A visitor asked if we had access to evacuation records, for he had no knowledge of where he was sent, being far too young at the time to be fully aware of geographical details. This reminded me that, whilst we have no records at Sutton and so couldn't help directly, there are some at the History Centre in Hull. And this is where I advised our enquirer to search next. They may be able to answer some questions if not this one directly.

These records are in their deep archives, in a separate search room, which is only accessible with a 'Readers Ticket', so they're not on the shelves in the main library part. If you want to get a 'Readers Ticket', 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 Readers Ticket if you haven't already got one.

For these 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.

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.


In the meantime, we present this photo, recently given to us at the museum to research as part of commemorating those lost in the First World War. We see a group of men, impeccably turned out even in field dress. Any military group of men such as this are social history as well; the old adage that every photo tells a story is never so true as with groups of soldiers.

We've no idea if these men, or any of them, survived the war, but somehow I think not, at least, not all of them. Very, very few units or small bodies of men came through totally unscathed or without losses.

a mystery photo ... which regiment or unit are these men We have the NCO's of a company, posed for what would seem to be an official photograph. We see a warrant officer, his sergeant, his orderly corporal, and four lance-corporals. Perhaps it was taken very early in the war, or just before. Only the warrant officer's cap badge is even vaguely clear. Note that there are no decorations worn, not a ribbon to be seen, making me think that this was very early in the war, perhaps before they were even sent abroad. Though the warrant officer and his sergeant are both wearing greatcoats, hiding any service decorations they may already have, as does the corporal's bandolier over his left shoulder, and when scanned, always bear much closer examination than can be gained with the naked eye.

It is the goggles that give us the main clue as to who they are, and what they did. They would seem to be motorcycle despatch riders, of which it seems there were a great many with the BEF right from the start. Records tell us that there were some 25,000 such despatch riders with the British Army in 1914, and best guess is that these are men of the Army Service Corps, later designated Royal (RASC), which would later become the Royal Corps of Transport and more lately, the Royal Logistics Corps. Could this image be from later in the war, say 1917 or 1918, and before any of them went overseas.

Click photo to enlarge, then backspace to return.

So, any other ideas or suggestions please, particularly as to exact identities .. ?


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. Friday, August 15, 2014

Our Photo Albums of Sutton through the decades
Our School Registers
We have 22 photo albums of Sutton, and 5 of Wawne, of villagers and countless street and farming scenes, dating from the 1880s thro' to the 1970s. 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 copies for your family history.

5 Wawne Albums
Our Photo Albums of Wawne through the decades
Our Photo Albums of Wawne through the decades
Lots of Old Photos
of Wawne

Our Photo Albums of Wawne through the decades
TIP: We can print most photos, docs, and maps, etc, but it's a great idea to bring a memory stick with you. We can now even save to most SD camera cards. At a push, we can let you take info away with you on your CD, but it's not so versatile. A stick or card is by far the best. Each Friday, we also have access and use of records at both and also at FindMyPast.
Come and give it a try.

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 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.
- You are more interested in what happened in 1615 than 2015.
- You store your clothes under your bed; 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, have it all documented and 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!

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.

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 Guestbook
Or Email us for Family History enquiries
send an EMAIL to us direct to the volunteers at the
Sutton & Wawne Museum

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 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 ..much
more to see when you visit .. Incredible list of resources. Use also with
FAMILY HISTORY button below ... Upcoming Events, commemorations or celebrations
Wawne 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 ...
SOCIETY ... opens in new window .. and HIGHLY recommended 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 Forget
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 Menu on the left if not already visible, for a lot
more button links .. but it goes back to Home Page; then click Museum button again        DUMP THIS SIDE MENU for Tablet Browsing

we have free Wi-Fi inside the Old School - do ask a volunteer for the code
c l 9 d c h C P M c 4 9 l



Bus Map for Sutton

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

all open in new browser tab.

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.

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!

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!
(opens in a new window)

One particular local photographer is Sutton's own Bernard Sharp, seen here with Merrill, who has kindly kept us repeatedly updated with fresh copies of his very useful 'graveyard discs' as he completes them. His 7th Edition of the DVD has just been delivered to us. 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, 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.

A full list of all the graves in both churchyards, St Peter's and St James',
are on this website at GRAVEYARD LISTS
A page of
is now on the Other Links Page
Additionally, a page of

is now available on the button above;
opens in a new Window.
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 here, at
the first free online copy of Domesday Book
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 the three main collections, along with Rev Coleman's, available to view
in the Centre the late REV. GEORGE COLEMAN . . his photo collection
is another of the three main collections, along with Eric Johnson's,
available to view in the Centre 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 Centre 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.

We also have a good library selection of "Talking Books",
novels on cassette by well-known authors such as Ruth Rendell,
Jeffrey Archer and Catherine Cookson, all for hire for 50p a go;
these to go towards the upkeep of St James'.

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 History par excellence.
You can still research relatives in other towns and counties - even from here !

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 now even 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.

view Side Menu on the left if not already visible, for a lot more button links


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 onReader's Tickets,
now known as a CARN, and what type of ID you will
need to have with you to register to get 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 a shop down Whitefriargate, just inside 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 helping to raise funds for a proper city centre memorial to our civilian war dead.

At present, the only memorial is over in Chanterlands Avenue Cemetary and a bit out of the way. Visitors to the city, even when they see the understated plaque already set into the paved area, get no sense of what this place endured and went through. Fundraising for the People's Memorial is well under way and progressing nicely, and should do a great deal to inform and educate all who see it.
Visit their website for more details of 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 family history archives.

Indeed, it was just such a comment in our Guestbook from someone 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 that confict 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.

have produced a small set of 'Guide Cards'
The Society meet at 7.30pm every third Weds bi-monthly
from January of each year at the
Suttton Sports & Leisure rooms at 17 Church St.
The Society is also a registered charity, and more details
of contacts and accounts can be found here .. SoHCS

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

We thank them all for their support.

the DVD about Sutton on Hull - 10 each
copies are 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 the Museum and Old School 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 for me to do these.

Click to enlarge: we have a family in the 1920s,
and a currently serving 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 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

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 packup
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 !

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

2018/19 new season starts Oct 16
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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HM 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.

.... you may like this ....
the information changes every day.
This Day in History

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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Google Earth - Explore, Search and Discover I like to think that there is so much on this website to keep anyone occupied for at least 2 whole days ... but if not, and the World is your Oyster, maybe you'd like to explore this mapping facility from Google .. Google Earth .

Want to know more about a specific location?
Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and
the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

Fly from space to your neighbourhood. Type in an address and zoom right in. Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions. Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings. Save and share your searches and favorites.
Even add your own annotations.

[ please note: Google Earth is a broadband, 3D application that not all computers can run. ] Download it at this safe Google site .. I've put the site address below also, so you can check it out as well as click on it .. best to be safe these days.
download GoogleEARTH here

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 2006St James', from the churchyard:
taken 9 Sept 2006 looking south west.

Click image for a larger view in this Window .. 280K

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.
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 ... considering they're for free, they're not half bad.

sample map of Stoneferry - click map to load full map at Old Maps

Contact Us
email the museum directly for Family History enquiries

Our Archives Maps Links DVD/CD Events School Visits Memories Staff

Do visit our FaceBook page, maintained by Colin


or if you prefer, go straight to our Family History page
Family History enquiries and list of resources for St
James', & St Peters's, Wawne ; Resources list as of 10 May 2011 ..
Use also with OLD SCHOOL button above ..
to view the list of archives and see what we have:

our website is hosted by Free Virtual Servers

And then there's always your Family Tree . . .

Go on, give it a go.