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THERE HERE, IN OUR MUSEUM
INSIDE THE OLD SCHOOL IN SUTTON ? ... ...
... I hear you ask. Well, an amazing
amount of information is available in Sutton itself . .
more and more all the time. And also now here on the
web, there is an extensive list further below.
It's worth remembering that the present Clergy and
Church Office have little or no information about
Sutton's distant past, and what local knowledge
there is, from a purely historical point of view, now
resides in the main with other (and mainly older)
members of the congregation and parish who specialise
in family or local history. Where they can, they are
glad to help, but in most cases, they could only point
you in the direction of the few sites already listed
here, or direct you to the Family History Resource Centre in the Museum inside The Old School, mostly on Friday
lunchtimes from 10am to 2pm.
We now have a typed and searchable record at the Old School of most of the
2,000 or so graves in St James' churchyard, ( the
MI's, or Monumental Inscriptions), as well as
photos of just about all of them, and also a similar record of the 214 graves in St Peter's at Wawne.
Though as yet, not photos of those at St Peter's. The details of what
may be available are in the "Archives Available at
Sutton" section below. The two booklets that formerly
comprised the grave records are now published as one spiral bound volume, also available to
purchase from the local societies, local libraries,
etc, priced around £12, plus p&p. MI's for
most of the East Riding, including Wawne, are now available via mail-order online from the
East Yorkshire Family History Society, on their Publications Page. They have prices for overseas postage too.
But for most "original" archives, to get
photocopies of Parish Records, wills, etc, you need to
be at The City Record Office or the East Riding
Archives listed above. It's difficult to be specific there; it depends on the records you are seeking. Up to 1927, Sutton was in the East Riding, so old parish records are lodged at The Treasure House in Beverley. Records after that are with Hull City Council, and generally reside at the History Centre behind the New Theatre. Wawne still is in the East Riding, and all their records are at Beverley.
For any other research information, or to view copies
of certain archives dealing just with Sutton and Wawne,
there is a short list below detailing a little of what
is available in The Resource Centre in the former Sutton School. There is
a surprising amount even here, yet this is by no means
a complete list of all there is to be seen. Every week
sees new people from the far corners of the earth
taking the opportunity of being in Sutton to go and
research some aspect of their family history. Fridays,
10 - 2pm, are a regular lunchtime club in there, and
whilst I wouldn't guarantee you'll find first
time what you came for, you will certainly find a lot
of other fascinating information pertaining to the
village your forebears lived in, and your own heritage.
Apart from that, it's almost alongside the church,
the graveyard is round the back, and the Sutton War
Memorial is also 'next door' on Church Street
front. Wawne church and churchyard are about a
mile-an-a-half further up Wawne Rd. Naturally, bring a camera.
Tip 1 :
if visiting a grave ... bring a flower, or posy : most wish they had.
Tip 2 :
if you have the use of a
computer, bring a memory stick/flash drive, or a camera
card. We can save data to most formats, including CD,
and can still use floppy discs. You can take free
digital copies from our computer of any files we have
on file. If you have a good digital camera, you can
also take copies of our photos in the collection,
whether on the walls or in our albums.
Scanned photo prints from the archived collections can
be now supplied, to order, for the usual modest fee,
which in effect part pays for the paper, inks, and part
pays a donation to the upkeep of the running of the
Museum. Similarly, visitors to our museum can request
us to email them a scanned photo or documents, and we
would respectfully ask if you could contribute something.
A list of other useful links to other websites is below,
after the Sutton Archive details:
In the meantime, do View and Sign our
you may well see a link to someone
who can also help with your enquiry.
if you want to see a picture of Rob,
your website host and admin bod.
You'll wish you hadn't ....
ARCHIVES AVAILABLE at THE SUTTON & WAWNE MUSEUM
"Old School and Family History Resource
open every Friday lunchtime,
10am - 2pm
ENTRY is FREE
Custodian: Pat O'Brien
click here to view some photos
Pictures at an Exhibition
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The Sutton & Wawne Museum usually has extra opening days and hours
during National Heritiage Weekend. So, if you can't manage Fridays when the
museum is normally open at lunchtime, those summer Saturdays may be your best chance!
This is only a
of what is really a vast amount of local information
available in the museum inside the Old School. All are welcome to come
and look at what is in effect both a small museum to
Sutton & Wawne, and a small reference library of documents,
copies of archives, maps, and hundreds of photographs relating to the whole area.
Admission is free. There is also a considerable amount
of information on Stoneferry and The Groves too . . all
these histories are so intertwined. There are also some
Cleveland and Cumbria,
courtesy of their various Family History Societies and Groups, more details also below ... scroll down.
It has to be said that Sutton's
must be one of the best-documented local histories for
a village of its size anywhere in the UK, not only for the
quality of the material and presentation, but also for it being
available locally within the village,
literally inside the museum within The Old School and
almost next door to the church and churchyard. Many of
today's Sutton residents are completely unaware of
what is here, and this info may be of some help in
redressing the balance.
This list is not in any particular order . . please take it as it is. The items are not
hyperlinked, so are not available on the web yet.
However, scanning the entire photo collection of some
several thousand items is now under way to make it safe
for posterity, as well as a possible future
availability of part of the collections on CDs, for a
modest fee. Currently, funding is needed for this. If
anyone can help with a modest local history project ... ?
Feel free to bring a digital camera
or your laptop. It is certainly worth bringing a USB
flash key, or even an ancient floppy disk, even a
camera card, to be able to download internet addresses
and other useful documents stored on our database.
We'll also print you a copy of photos in our
extensive archive for 50p a copy. These days, a pencil
and notepaper sometimes just isn't enough. For
people living away, abroad, etc, who can't get to
Sutton, we will do what we can to help. For present
Sutton & Wawne and Hull residents, we would hope
you would come along to the Exhibition and see what we have.
All books, CD's, reference works, photo collections, etc, are
only available to view on site, none are for hire.
Some items, however,
are standard local works and can be borrowed from Hull
Libraries in the normal manner, others are
'Reference Only'. and some like the Monumental
Inscription booklets can be purchased directly from the
EYFHS. We don't sell any records books or pamphlets
THE LIST OF RESOURCES at
EAST YORKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS
SUTTON & WAWNE MUSEUM
as well as available to view in Sutton, these can also be purchased
direct from the
East Yorkshire Family History Society
who now have an excellent webshop with overseas postage rates.
1851 Census Index Booklets
Beverley Town Beverley District Volumes 1 & 2
Cottingham, North Ferriby, Hessle & District
Driffield & District Volumes 1 & 2
Hedon, Drypool & District
Holy Trinity Parish Volumes 1, 2 & 3
Patrington & District
Sutton-on-Hull & District
MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTION BOOKLETS . . .
(or M I 's )
for the churchyards at
St James', Sutton on Hull, St Peter's at Wawne
Priory Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Swine.
The Sutton list was list prepared back in 1993 by the East Yorkshire Family
History Society, in two thick booklets, available at
the Old School to view and for note taking. I suspect
the lists for Wawne and Swine date from a similar time.
They all include indexes of all names of everyone
buried, within those respective graveyards or within
the actual churches, as far back as the headstones
Records for even earlier burials are
sketchy depending on area, how good a particular
vicar's record keeping was, and what has survived
the ravages of time. In all cases, those records are
usually all held at the various county records offices,
in East Yorkshire's case, at The Treasure House at Beverley.
There's some 1,750 graves and
wall plaques at Sutton, though we must remember that
some gravestones have deteriorated considerably since
the lists were originally compiled. Many more are much overgrown.
Knowing the grave is there is one
thing, finding it is something else, and whether
it's still readable or not is another thing
entirely. That's where the MI's come in, at
least they then tell you what the inscription USED to
say, even if the stone is broken or face down on the grass.
The booklets also include plans of the churchyards
showing all plots. In Sutton, we have Dave Mount to
thank for such a 'monumental' undertaking of
editing, and Mr & Mrs Walford for typing the
In addition, by the kind efforts of Bernard Sharp in
2009 and 2010, we can now also offer individual photos
of just about all the headstones in Sutton from the
FIFTH (2012) EDITION of his CD, which can be viewed at
the Old School. This updated CD now contains some 2,000
quality photos and completes Bernard's photographic
survey of Sutton churchyard, including many that were
left off before, and more recent memorials and
inscriptions, as well as those inside the church. One
day, I hope that we can offer the same facility for Wawne.
All MI booklets are the copyright of, and can be purchased via Mail Order from, the
for around £10 - £12 plus p+p. Indeed, ANY of the publications
below that are shown as by the EYFHS can be purchased
from them, through their website, at their various currently
So there is:
Sutton on Hull, St.James' Churchyard - Parts 1 and 2
Wawne, St Peter's churchyard
Hull, Western Cemetery (Chanterlands Ave) .. Parts 1 - 4
Anlaby, St. Peter's Churchyard
Hull General Cemetery (Spring Bank), all parts, including Quaker Burial Ground
Roos (All Saints Churchyard)
Sculcoates Cemetery, north & south side
Skeffling and Kilnsea
These are also all available for reference in
The History Centre in Hull, and most local libraries.
There's some separate details on the EYFHS,
what can be purchased from them, and how, below.
Additionally, as of late Sept 2010 for Sutton,
we can now offer online a full index of all those buried in Sutton churchyard, and since May 2015 for Wawne, which ties in numerically with the Inscription booklets listed above. For the Sutton graves, each number links to a jpeg photo of each grave that we hold on a CD for viewing in the museum. It's a very long list; there are more than 2,000 names. Click any of the CHURCHYARD buttons in the menu or on the pages to access both lists.
SCHOOL REGISTERS . . .
A complete copy of the register of
all children who attended Sutton St James' School,
their home address, when they started, finished, which
school they went on to, etc, is available to view in
three volumes, 1885 - 1973 . . and in a few cases, back to 1876.
SCHOOL LOGS . . .
Handwritten entries by all the head
teachers of St James' School over the years of the
School Log ... a daily record of important events and
happenings in school life. In three volumes, these
beautifully written logs date from 1896 to 1948.
PARISH REGISTER TRANSCRIPTION BOOKLETS
Holy Trinity Church, Hull Baptisms . . . 1761 - 1791
Holy Trinity Church, Hull Baptisms . . . 1792 - 1812
Sculcoates Baptisms . . . 1772 - 1789 . . . & Burials 1772 - 1792
Sculcoates Baptisms . . . Jan 1790 - Sept 1806
Sculcoates Baptisms . . . Sept 1806 - Dec 1812
Sculcoates Baptisms . . . Jan 1813.. Dec 1820
Sculcoates Baptisms . . . Jan 1821 - June 1831
Sculcoates Baptisms . . . July 1831 - Dec 1837
Sculcoates Marriages . . . Mar 1754 - Sept 1804
Sculcoates Marriages . . . Sept 1804 - Dec 1812
Sculcoates Marriages . . . Jan 1813 - Apr 1821
Sculcoates Marriages . . . Apr 1821 - Dec 1829
Sculcoates Marriages . . . Jan 1830 - June 1837
Sculcoates Burials . . . Apr 1792 - Dec 1812
Sculcoates Burials . . . Jan 1813 - Sept 1824
Sculcoates Burials . . . Sept 1824 - Dec 1831
Sculcoates Burials . . . Jan 1832 - Dec 1837
Welwick Marriages . . . 1754 - 1837
There are also some Parish Registers available for
research at Sutton on CD ROM ... see further below.
Also, many of the local BMD records listed here as on
view at Sutton are also available to purchase from the
East Yorkshire Family History Society,
who now have an excellent webshop. There are also some more address details further below.
METHODIST CHURCH RECORDS
Some time ago, we were given for safe keeping several large envelopes containing a certain amount of archived records of the Methodist Church in Sutton. We have yet to go through all the envelopes, which at first glance appear to contain minutes of meetings and financial records. When we're fully aware of what is in these envelopes, we will list their details here.
OLD MAPS . . . of the Sutton & Wawne area
a good range of old maps, many
showing field names, boundaries, of both parishes, plus
some plans of the larger houses, Tithe Awards, etc.
CENSUS DETAILS FOR SUTTON ONLY . . .
typed up paper copies, for the years :
1841 ~ 1851 ~ 1861 ~ 1881 ~ 1891 ~ 1901 ~ 1911
As the result of a very welcome 'gift' in 2005, we are pleased to be able to announce that a set of
1881 Census CD's
have been added to the collection.
This will of course be of great help in researching
other areas of Yorkshire and England generally, but it
also means that we now also have the full 1881 details for Wawne.
(Jan 10) .. we now have more national census and local records CD's ;
see the LOCAL CD's section further below.
1911 CENSUS for Sutton on Hull
Additionally, we are pleased to
be able to now offer (from Jan 2010) view of printed
transcripts of the 1911 Census for every residence in
Sutton. Amounting to several hundred houses and the full
population of Sutton at that time, these are arranged by
family name in a folder in the Old School, and are to
view for free if you want to call by and take notes.
FAMILIES RESIDENT AT "BIG HOUSES" . . .
a list of the larger properties, Sutton House, Sutton Hall, Lambwath Hall, Godolphin Hall, etc, and many more.
LOCAL FAMILY TREES . . .
of many already-researched families . . try your luck and see if your family details are
already here. Perhaps you link in to one of them by marriage.
CHURCHES IN SUTTON . . .
Church of England at St James' ~ The Methodists ~ The Quakers
MILLS IN SUTTON . . .
a list of all the flour mills within the parish, and names of the millers.
ANN WATSON . .
the school for girls, founded 1721 . . details of her bequest and history of the school.
LEONARD CHAMBERLAIN . . .
details of the school for boys, the first known school in Sutton, founded 1716.
CHURCH COLLEGE . .
a collegiate history of St James'
and its college for the training of priests, founded in 1349.
PHOTO COLLECTIONS :
The Photo Collection of Sutton is
truly amazing. Two collections alone, by a former
rector of the church and a former headmaster of the
school, constitute a significant part of Sutton's
visual social history in the 20th century. As well as
the dozens of photos in frames on view around the walls
in the museum, many individually donated by supporters
of the museum, there are 4 main collections
available to view in loose-leaf A4 folders, as well as another collection purely on CD.
All told, there are some 30 or so folders, including 5 for Wawne, crammed to
bursting with photos. Come and see. Bring your lunch . .
our refreshments are available at a very modest
charge, £1 pp for tea/coffee and biscuits.
Come and be amongst friends. Sadly, no photo-copier
is yet available on site, though it may be possible
to have individual photos scanned and emailed
to researchers abroad. Visitors are welcome to take
digital photos as required. We hope to one day be able to
scan the lot and produce a Photo-CD for a modest sum.
THE REV'D GEORGE A COLEMAN COLLECTION . . .
. . . is a stunning set of 230 photos on glass plate
negatives from 1890 to 1920, mostly during the 27yr
incumbency of the Rev'd Coleman at St James'.
In the running order of clergy, he is 8 vicars back . .
The photos cover many aspects of the village, a real
pictorial social history, one that the community can
take real pride in.
It is easy to forget in this age of digital
photography, when all is so easy and the camera
practically does all the work for you, just what
knowledge and skill was required to take images such as
these upwards of 80 years ago and more. It is almost impossible
these days to take a bad photo, unless you forget to
take the cap off.
These men, and their generation, classed photography as
a hobby, and a worthy life skill, and went to untold
trouble and efforts to get the perfect photo. It was a
costly pastime, camera film was not cheap, developing
even more expensive, one of the reasons why many set up
their own darkrooms and bought in the chemicals and
learnt even more skills to develop their own photos
themselves. From all of this, Sutton is a beneficiary.
Enjoy it, and celebrate it.
THE ERIC JOHNSON COLLECTION
. . . again, many dozens of good-quality
photographs mainly of the school and pupils, from
1939 when he went there as a teacher, becoming
Head in 1951, through to his retirement in 1975,
just before the move to the new school premises.
Mr Johnson's stunning collection of photos is an
incredible legacy to leave any community, and no doubt
he was aware of, and inspired by, the precedent set by
the Rev'd G A Coleman's earlier collection
It is an honour to be able to show his image here, in
typical pose with his camera, and long overdue. I had
long hoped to add both these gentlemen's photos, so
that the folks of Sutton are more aware of the special
debt of thanks they owe these two far-sighted men.
THE LEN SUDDABY COLLECTION
. . . being in truth the 'Suddaby Family Collection', donated by Keith, Andrew and Pam Suddaby, comprising several parts. Firstly, their late father's glass slide collection, now lodged with us for safekeeping. Len is second from the right in this photo, next to eldest son Keith. Younger son Andrew, who brought the collection and presented it to us, is far left, with sister Pam and mother Marjorie in the centre. There are 83 glass plates, nicely boxed and all meticulously labelled, dating from the early '50s and most notably during and around the time of Coronation Week, 1953. They have been printed and assembled into a presentation album by Keith and Andrew, with notes of personalities shown from all their memories, including sister Pam.
As well as prints of the glass plates, there are a further 65 prints being a mix of Andrew's and their father's views of Sutton, and the wider area of Hull. Len Suddaby is pictured here, in 1940, on joining the RAF near the start of the Second World War. Additionally, the third part of the collection may be tiny, a small USB memory stick, but which contains the digital backup of all the previously mentioned material. Lots of the images are Andrew's own, many of the 1st Sutton Scouts. And all are available to visitor for viewing; just ask us and we'll pop the stick into our computer to allow you to browse.
As of May 2015, we are now very pleased to add the 1st Sutton on Hull Boy Scout Troop Log 1939 - 1954. This had long been thought to be lost, but Andrew Suddaby had taken a copy many years ago. He has now kindly scanned every page, printed them off and installed them in a ring binder for our shelves, as well as saved all pages and photos to a CD for our collection. A superb documentation of a scouting record that will interest ex-scouts everywhere. This log will be added to other books and momentos of scouting, including one of interest to all ex-Girl Guides.
That is a 1963 account of Guiding at the 1st Sutton Methodist's Guides, compiled by Jennifer Lazenby, and also available to view inside the museum. They're all on display, just ask one of our volunteers if you can't find them at first. Of interest to ex-Guiders, some may recall Pamela Suddaby, who was a Queen's Guide in Sutton at the same time brothers Andrew & Keith were in the scouts. Between all of them, they have added immensely to our photographic and documentation archive in the museum.
On their last visit to the museum, the extended Suddaby family also brought personal family items, photos, childhood toys and momentos, to donate to the museum. This included a toy shop donated by Pam, complete with shelves, drawers, a counter and working miniature scales, built in 1910 by their grandfather. I think the box of Chieftan 'powdered egg' may have been of a period of another war later .. prompting wonderful - or not so wonderful - memories of an awful product of wartime if the grimmaces of that generation are anything to go by whenever the subject of wartime meals and rationing is brought up.
In addition to all those, we also have the School Registers and
Logbooks dating from Queen Victoria's time to the
1970s. The last four years, '72 to '76 were lost in a flood at the new school on Dorchester Rd. Click the image to the right.
THE BERNARD SHARP CHURCHYARD COLLECTION . . .
. . . The FIFTH (2012) EDITION of this enormous
undertaking is the latest photo collection to add to
the Sutton archives. Compiled by Bernard over a period
of a very long time, these 2,000+ photos of St
James' churchyard have been meticulously compiled
and archived to CD from 2009, and updated again in
2012. It is now available to all our visitors for their
The time was when the best a family historian could
hope for after a churchyard visit was perhaps
some hurriedly scrawled notes and a dubious
photo that you wouldn't know had turned out until
you had the film developed, perhaps weeks later. This
collection is good, and a worthy addition to
Sutton's history, and was the next logical step
after the publication of the Monumental Inscription
books by the East Yorkshire Family History Society.
All the photos on the CD are named and numbered logically
to tie in with those MI books, making every grave
reference so very easy to find and tie together. Thank
you Bernard, for all your hard work and dedication.
You've made my job so much easier in compiling the
online list for people to initially consult, which can be seen at
THE EXHIBITION COLLECTION .. by "anon and various" photographers and contributors
. . .
comprises an even
more untold number of photos, in about 24 volumes,
years 1870 - 1989, again detailing most aspects of
village life . . church, school, trades, shops,
transport, seasonal weather, farming, wartime, RAF
station ; again, an incredible social history of the
All the above
collections have now been archived to CD.
It is hoped to publish copies of selected photos for
on CD at some time in the future, the sale of which
contribute towards the running and upkeep of the
Resource Centre within the Museum.
The main source of income presently are private
and sales of cups of tea and biscuits.
CLEVELAND FAMILY HISTORY
SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS 1851 CENSUS
Masham, Swinton, Ilton Cum Pott (North
Middleham (North Yorkshire)
Newton le Willows, Burrell, Burton on Ure, Thirn, Thornton Steward,
Fingall, Constable Burton (All North Yorkshire)
Well, Snape, Thornton Watlass (North Yorkshire)
Bedale (St. Gregory's Churchyard)
Thornton Watlass (St. Mary's C'yard) &
the Chapel at Snape (North Yorkshire)
CUMBRIA FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS 1851 CENSUS INDEX
Carlisle (part 7) HO 107/2429 Folio 455- 554
Leyburn Workhouse, North Yorkshire
for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
Bedale Workhouse, North Yorkshire
for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
Battle's Hull Directory - Merchants & Tradesmen 1817
White's Directory 1826 - Hull & Sculcoates
The CD's now available contain :
1881 British Census
and National Index for England, Scotland, Wales,
Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and the Royal Navy
partial transcription (names only)
of the East Yorkshire Family History Society
area in eastern Yorkshire
a transcription of eastern Yorkshire
from the Humber to the Tees
East Yorkshire Family History Society
a transcription of Beverley Registration District
RGI0 4767 - 4772
E Y F H S
a transcription of Patrington Registration District
RG10 4798 & 4799
E Y F H S
CD 29 - Sculcoates RG 13 4466 - 4485
E Y F H S
||CD 30 - Sculcoates
E Y F H S
CD 31 - Hull, for Holy Trinity & St. Mary Parishes
E Y F H S
E Y F H S
Beverley Guardian Newspaper
Births, marriages and deaths
1856 - 1878 -
E Y F H S
Mormon Immigration Index
Latter Day Saints immigration voyages to
the United States for the years 1840 - 1890
Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints
DEVON, NORFOLK & WARKWICKSHIRE
a CD for the whole of the UK, and
the whole British Empire. Effectively a
Who's Who of the whole Church of England,
from vicars to archbishops, their education,
and all positions held worldwide, as of 1897.
We also have copies of some
available on CD.
E Y F H S
E Y F H S
E Y F H S
BURIALS 1772 - 1792
E Y F H S
LOCAL DIRECTORIES on CD:
HULL TRADE DIRECTORY 1892
... SEARCH BY TRADE OR STREET NAME
and also available still on floppy disk:
LOST TRAWLERMEN OF HULL
... SEARCH BY NAME or SHIP .... 203 x A4 PAGES
OF TRAGEDY .. these pages are also on the
EAST YORKSHIRE POSTCARDS
a CD by Frank Farnsworth, a separate collection
pertaining to Sutton.
by Paul Gibson, and quite a bit of other information besides.
Hull Through the Ages
Hull & District Directory 1842,
First Directory of Hull 1791
Ancient maps of the City of Hull.
Hull Times Index
- 1856 - 1945.
King & Catterick
family photos and documents.
SOME MILITARY DETAILS . .
on some local men who
served, photos, medal collections, etc, in the Army,
Royal Navy & Royal Marines, and RAF. Plus records
and details of Sutton in BOTH World Wars, Civilian
Defence, ARP, local bomb damage, and much more ..
ration books, leave passes, much memorabilia to be
seen as well as documentation.
THE RAF BALLOON SITE . . .
an amazing amount
of information, maps and plans, records, etc, of The
17th Balloon Barrage Site 1939-42 . . and of
on to the 1960's.
Maps & Plans include the location of balloons
around Hull, moored on the Humber, and of the boom
gate defences at the Humber mouth, and a tremendous
amount of other information. Many folks don't
realise the importance of this Balloon Site and its
part in the defence of Hull and the Humber ports.
Just as important as fighters, in fact, and a largely
untold and unsung story of Royal Air Force
Leonard C Bacon's book about RAF Sutton,
detailing much of of the above, is available
17 BALLOON CENTRE
HULL'S OWN AIR FORCE STATION
by Leonard C Bacon
in softback, A4 format, is just
all profits went to the fund for
the placement of
the memorial plaque to all those who
served at RAF Sutton, located within the Library at
Bransholme's North Point Shopping Centre.
Copies can also be purchased from:
Mrs Judith Bangs
5 Curlew Close
For those interested in
World War 2 Barrage Balloon operations,
there is a website :
Barrage Balloon Reunion Club
ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNSITES (AA)
and the 93rd Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA
Additional to the RAF information above, we also now have a growing amount of information re the anti-aircraft gun sites at both Sutton, and up at Meux. Info we have been seeking for some time, as it is an important part of Sutton and Wawne's military contribution both to the war effort and in the defence of Hull and the Humber Ports. Courtesy of an independant researcher, Simon Davies, who has kindly lodged much of his research material with us, we now have a much better idea of both the position and layout of these gunsites, and of their ongoing development during the war. What we lack now are memories and stories of folks that served on them.
And as if all that above were not enough, docs,
photos, maps apart, there is a huge amount of every-day
objects and material to see, from Victorian mangles and
clothes driers with hanging bloomers and corsets, to
WW2 Ration Books, old coins and stamps of the past, and
all the things you would expect to see in a Display of
Local Social History . . in short, a reference centre,
archive and exhibition of local life all rolled into one.
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EXTERNAL RESOURCES & LINKS
. . simply close those no longer needed.
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
. . . formerly better known
as the Public Record Office at Kew, and before
that Somerset House. TNA site is now a
wide-ranging portal into all records and archives
held by government and is a first port of call for
those looking for information previously held at
Somerset House, Kew, or St Catherine's
The 1911 CENSUS available via FindMyPast (subscription)
. . the most recent census
we'll have for some time, until 2021. It's
a pay site, either per view or by subscribing. The
beauty of this one is that it's the first
census to be completed by the head of the
household, as we do now. Therefore, it's in
signature is on the bottom. Another plus is that
it's one sheet per household .. you can see
all you need to for your family at a glance.
The 1901 CENSUS available via FindMyPast (subscription)
. . Do give this one a try.
There is quite a bit of information that can be
gleaned for free, once you've learnt one or
two easy tricks, but again, for sight of the actual
census sheets, it's a pay site.
For instance, don't enter anything in the
Place of Birth
box, unless you are absolutely sure of the right place, but do put the town or village name in the
; it should bring some results in most cases. For Sutton, enter it this way, "
Yorkshire Sutton Hull
" . . for some reason, it likes the county name first, perhaps because that is how the census enumerators wrote it down in 1901.
Use wildcards, eg
, so entering
.. will find all entries of
but not YKS.
entering a surname on it's own, selecting
for gender, then give an age range of 60 years, + or - 60
years .. will give you a list in age order with ages
from 0 to 120 , which should cover most folks ! .. If
your name is fairly common, ie Smith, Brown, you may
have to refine your search somewhat, do a less age
range, say all from 0 to 10, and work up in blocks of
10 years. But for most folks, it should give fair
Once you have your free list of residents alive at
the time of the Census, 1901, then you can decide if
you want to pay to know more about any particular
entry. You can buy searches in blocks of £5 on a
credit card, and each basic search is 50p for them to
email you the details for that person, which will be
his/her address, and all the other folks listed with
them at the same address. If you want to view the
actual census page as an email attachment, it is 75p.
Full details are on the site. I've learnt loads
about my families, and not paid a penny . .. yet.
1881 UK Census
. . . TOTALLY FREE .. and
online. This 1881 Census used to be the main point
of reference for any Family History researcher in
England & Wales. Until about the year 2000, it
was only available on 25 CD's. Here it is now,
for free, along with other census records, courtesy of the Mormon Church in Utah,
who also provide another good reference site
listed next below. Unlike the Government's PRO
1901 and 1911 sites Kew above, this one is
entirely free . . even to full household details.
And the nice surprise when you
get to their page is that you'll find links to
all the other UK censuses too, including Scotland,
and all free! And while on that page, there are
backwards links to other censuses around the world,
notably all the US state censuses, and all the
Canadian ones. I saw the Netherlands, Germany, Russia
and the Czech Republic too, as well as Slovakia.
Additionally, it is possible
to "walk" a street, or walk round a
village, and see who were in the households of your
ancestor's neighbours. You can literally see who
was in each household, visitors and lodgers too, on
the night of that census 122 years ago. The
headmaster of Wawne school tells us that, when
demonstrating the use of the census site, he used
that method to find all the children of school age
within the village on that day in 1881. It's all
there .... ages, whether married, single, or widowed,
and occupations, all provide a fascinating insight
into life in England and Wales all that time ago. The
site is easy to use, and well worth having a go . .
and, it's totally free to use.
But be warned, it is almost
addictive, almost like latter day snooping behind the
curtains. There are some facts to be gleaned that
some inhabitants of the time would not have liked their
neighbours to know . . like who was married to who,
and it even makes quite clear who was co-habiting
with who. Of course, you can do that too with the
1901 Census above . . . for a fee.
The IGI website
. . TOTALLY FREE ... for
International Genealogical Information . .
including all of the UK. As with the 1881 Census
site above, it's run by the Mormon Church,
from Utah, and is the most extensive set of
genealogical records available on the web at the
moment. It is in effect a massive database of most
of the UK's church records, transcribed by
Mormon evangelists visiting Britain in the
1960's and 70's and before those records
were removed from the churches and lodged in
County Record Offices for safekeeping. But be
careful, as there are many mistakes and spelling
errors, especially with placenames. Americans
never did get a hang of the peculiarities of our
quaint placenames, though to be fair, the
handwriting of vicars and clerics from some 200
years ago or more leaves a lot to the imagination
at times. By and large, the Mormon church has done
a fantastic job and saved a tremendous amount of
information that might otherwise have been lost.
That said, there is a site that helps to double-check
the IGI's data, which is also another way to
search this database:
IGI Batch Numbers
.. TOTALLY FREE .. specific to a parish. See all the JONES in
one parish, or all the parish through all the
decades, by birth/christening, or just by
marriage. Very useful, and thanks to Penny Brown
of Hull for sending the link.
TOTALLY FREE .. takes you to free Census
information, Births-Marriages-Deaths (BMD)
information, etc. It works in a similar way to the
IGI above, but tends to be more accurate for
placename spellings. It is limited though; no
records before 1837, when registration in the UK
became law, nor after 1902, for the time
Tip : I like to have four browser windows open, and
log into each of the two Census sites, plus the IGI
and BMD as well. Then you can flit back and forth
between them, questioning each database in turn.
Sometimes, a person will show up as existing in the
1881 census, say as a boy, or girl, but no record may
show in the IGI list, as that one is only as accurate
as surviving church records. Many church records were
lost through neglect, or damp, some through enemy
action during the war, etc. But, that same person may
well appear again, 20 years later and married with a
family in the 1901 census. That may give you some
more names to go on, siblings, or children, and it
could be that THEY may show in FreeBMD or the IGI.
Use them all together, but be aware when entering
names that some require surname first, then christian
name, and in other databases, it's christian name
first. Knowing that can save hours of fruitless
searches looking for someone called Brown Gordon.
YORKSHIRE Births Marriages and Deaths
.. TOTALLY FREE .. Similar
to above, though specifically for Yorkshire.
Although the indexes are not yet complete for all
years and districts, the database will eventually
cover Yorkshire births, marriages and deaths for
the years 1837 to 1950. I note this site has
clocked over 1 million visitors since 2001 .. a
testament to how useful it is. Again, all searches
FreeREG .. istration
. . .
FREE .. in a similar way to FreeBMD above, this is
a volunteer site, and totally free. But it is a
"work in progress", not all the country
is covered yet, but they are gaining slowly.
Whereas FreeBMD only records from 1837 onwards,
when official registration proper starts, FreeREG
only goes up to 1837 ... and some indeed date back
to the 1400's. These are essentially the
Parish Records, being laboriously transcribed by
Family Historian volunteers, copying and checking
millions of records. They're always worth
checking out, you may get lucky, and they do have
a page showing progress of coverage, etc.
. . .
mentioned above, and free at the basic level. They are part of Ancestry.com, and I can't say there wouldn't be pop-ups and pester-power to persuade one to sign up for a subscription. Just be sure you have all you can gain for free at all the various other sites, then you'll be sure you're spending your money wisely. But, it is usable and you can gain a tremendous amount if you are starting from scratch.
FREE .. this is a universal, over-arching website,
with links to many, many others. Many of the links
are to pay or subscription sites, so it's not
all free, but you can still get some useful leads
within. You can select a county from the drop-down
list, to bring up a long list of resources
available for or within that county, from the
local BMD archives, to Wills & Probate
records, to all the online war memorials in a
county. And much more. It's an eye-opener to
see, month by month, just what is becoming
. . .
FREE .. stands for Genealogy, UK and Ireland . . a
great place to start if you already have family
information for a particular town or village and
want to know more about the area; the subsidiary
pages are organised by county - and it lists every
village and hamlet in a county and tells you which
registration districts they were in. Very useful.
They can also tell you if someone is already
researching your name . . . and there are a
phenomenal number of links to other useful sites,
including most UK city and county record offices.
I do believe there is even a link back to these
Sutton & Wawne pages . .
SUTTON-ON-HULL on GENUKI
. . . FREE .. the village
entry in the GENUKI pages mentioned above . . with
further links to Trade Directories for 1823 and
1892, showing names of most local trading and
farming families, shop owners, village craftsmen,
etc, plus county Wapentake boundaries, and several
other links besides.
opens in this browser, as another page on THIS
website. A personal view of the village and area, and
recommended to be used in conjunction with the GENUKI
website above. Many people have emailed the Sutton
Museum Team looking for insight into what Sutton was
like, years ago when their forefathers lived there,
and today to see how much it's changed, or more
likely how little its changed. I took some of those
descriptions, widened it out to include the Ings and
Carrs and Stoneferry, and here it is. My own feelings
at what I found when I came here in 1973 . . and how
I view the area now.
SCULCOATES UNION WORKHOUSE
. . . of details of Sculcoates itself, and also the Hessle Cottage Homes. It also briefly mentions the 'workhouse' at Sutton, that stood in front of the church, but sadly there are no records surviving of residents or admissions. The only ones for Sculcoates are from the 1881 Census. An interesting site for researchers who find they had family in there, with several images and later photos of what became Kingston General Hospital. Interesting also only for laying to rest what can no longer be found at Sutton, other than reading between the lines in the various census returns. So that saves countless hours searching the web.
Churches of Britain & Ireland
. . FREE .. a massive list,
arranged by county or search by village/town name,
of hundreds and hundreds of churches all over
Britain and Ireland. Not every village in all
counties are there, but most are .. and if you
have a pic of one that is missing, Mr Bulman takes
submissions. Well worth a browse. This is a site
that is sure to expand further.
THE RIVER HULL
. . we used to have a link here to a wonderful video charting the journey from
Driffield down the River Hull that passed, or under, the various bridges along
the way, all the way to its exit into the Humber. That has not been available
for some time now, so I offer this link to the Driffield Navigation website.
No doubt this will also point you to many other sites tuned to satisfying that
need to find enjoyment and solace by the innocent pastime of messing about in
THREE HULL MAPS
... Three scans of small area, but large detail maps,
c.1893 ... they take a few moments to load on a 56k
connection, each in its own new window.
Victoria Dock 1 ... 966Kb
Victoria Dock 2 ... 516Kb
Paragon Sta ... 917Kb
It's interesting to see the site of the Citadel
before The Deep, and also Paragon Station before
Ferensway or the old Bus Station. This is
late-Victorian Hull, complete with tramways,
SOME MILITARY LINKS
. . .
but there's a lot more on
this other page
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COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
. . FREE .. an excellent
searchable database, an incredible and lasting
memorial to EVERY man and woman that served and
lost their lives in BOTH World Wars with ANY of
the armed forces of the UK and Commonwealth . . or
as it was then, the Empire. It includes all
Merchant Navy losses, RAF losses at sea, and a
great deal you wouldn't at first have thought
of. All you need to know is the individual's
name and initials, the service they served with,
the war they died in, and of course, the country.
And if you don't know all of those,
there's still ways . . . it's worth a try.
THE CIVILIAN WAR DEAD INDEX of YORKSHIRE, NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM
.. FREE .. is an incredible
list of the war dead of those three counties. As
you look down it, you'll see an amazing number
of Hull names and families who lost their lives in
the various air raid attacks on Hull during the
blitz. For people NOT from Hull, who ever doubted
how bad Hull was hit during WW II, then take a
look at this. The entries that read .. Hull, ERY
.. seem endless. See the link below . . . .
Maps of Hull showing the fall of bombs during the Blitz
.. FREE .. is really 16 scans, A4 size, of a larger streetmap of Hull,
dated 1945. It tells it's own story, and is
some testament to the 1,300 Hull residents
killed, listed above in the Civilian Index, and
the 12,000 injured, during those dark days. Opens
in a new Window.
Please Note: There is a much larger and comprehensive list of Military Links
covering all three of the Armed Forces.
A Glossary of Terms used in
.. FREE .. if you get far enough back
that to need to decipher heraldic devices, you are
indeed fortunate. This may help you on your way . .
. . the East Yorkshire Family History Society now have an
excellent webshop, where there is a complete list
of all their publications, including Monumental
Inscriptions (headstone records in churchyards),
Parish Records, Census Records, Maps and newspaper
extracts, for EVERY East Yorkshire village, a
regular A to Z . . from Aike to Youlethorpe. They
vary in price from £1.60 to about £6.50
for the larger ones, Beverley, Bridlington, etc,
and can be ordered via email, and pay by cheque,
or paid for online via PayPal. Or you can write to
their Publications Officer, at :
Mrs Judith Bangs
5 Curlew Close
Additionally, it is possible to buy other records and
transcripts on both CD and floppy disk, eg. 1851 East
Yorkshire Census and Parish Register
SOCIETY . . not to be confused with the Family History Society above,
leads to their excellent website, listing the
publications of the EYLHS, and where to buy them
from. Publications range from "Hull & East
Yorkshire Breweries" to "The Beginnings of
the East Yorkshire Railways" and "The
Viking Century in East Yorkshire". Only
available by post, I'm afraid, for the time being.
It opens in a separate window so you don't lose
PHOTOS OF OLD HULL
... another photo archive of old
Hull and environs. They're coming thick and
fast now .. other photos in this database are more
, around East Yorkshire and York, but sadly, this
link is not a direct one. Click the link above to
go to the site, where there are several photo
galleries, then click on
right down the page, and enter the password ..
.. to access them. Give
it a few seconds, and up will pop something like
240 thumbnails. There have been copyright issues,
hence the convoluted way to access them, but this
section of of the site is what can only be
described as a superlative postcard collection.
But it's worth it. Who recalls the old clock
in the round window above the shop on the corner
of Paragon Square? If you know Hull well, allow
yourself a good half hour ....
vehicle archive site
... one of many on this
photo site for enthusiasts of all sorts, but
especially good for transport subjects. A good
place to start, and non-stop nostalgia for the
vehicles in another archive
source similar to the EYMS photos above .. so, lots
of street scenes, shop fronts, roads and city
centre scenes now altered beyond belief, plus
memories of the old Coach Station of late memory,
as it was called in it's heyday when that EYMS
coach depicted above used to leave daily for
Newcastle and Tyneside..
Old Maps UK
. . FREE .. takes
you to a site where you can view several old maps
of Sutton village, from c.1885 to the 1970s. Just
click the link and type in the search bar . .
SUTTON-ON-HULL . . including the dashes, exactly
It is regretted that these maps aren't quite as
useful as they were when they could be shown full
screen. The viewer is restricted to seeing their map
in a little box in the centre of the screen, with the
addition of a magnify facility that does show the
chosen area clearly but it is still only in that
All you can do then is use the enlarge screen
facility, most often found by pressing the CTRL key
and scrolling the mouse wheel. The map will enlarge,
but gets less clear and more blurred. They don't
intend you to view this way, but sometimes needs must
if that tiny bit of detail is required.
Considering all those Old Maps are Ordnance Survey
maps, paid for over the decades by our tax-paying
parents, it galls now that they want to sell them
back to us.
Brooklands Photographic Society
. . . meet in the Methodist
Church Hall in Sutton. A growing site of dedicated
photographers, skilled in both traditional film
processes as well as today's digital medium,
together with all the scanning, printing and display
tuition anyone could wish for.
See just how much help there
is around for Sutton & Wawne folk just getting
into this . . if you've been 'thinking'
of researching your family history, there really is
no excuse for prevaricating any longer, help is
dripping from the trees! It's never been easier.
You can find out so much before you even leave your
house, and we can show you how.
Finally, I wonder if anyone recognises any
of these fine young reprobates here . .
Click the picture for a closer look.
Previous offences will be taken into consideration !!
To Contact Us:
If you really do feel that you need
to write to someone at Sutton, we will do our best to
help. In the first instance, write to us,
, and We'll try to direct you to the best
source of information. It is almost certain that the
vicar or the Parish Office will re-direct all
enquiries to one of us anyway, so this will save you
time. There are two or three other people we can
direct you to depending on the nature of your
enquiry; a few dealing with more general local
history and maps, etc, we will be able to help you
with, and be glad to do so. If you sign in to our
do remember to leave your email address,
so we can contact you. In the meantime, we hope this page has been of help.
Whoever, or whatever, you are looking for,
We wish you Luck, and God Speed.
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Here's a treat for history enthusiasts.
The early Ordnance Survey map of the village,
dated 1855, mentioned above.
Click this first link . .
the others below are required by copyright law.
1855 SUTTON MAP
This image, linked above, is produced from the
Old Maps Service
with permission of
Landmark Information Group Ltd
The Ordnance Survey
See reference above to maps from later periods now
available on Old Maps.
A more modern (1960s) map of the
general Sutton & Wawne area,
. . . showing their relationship to
surrounding villages, as well as to Hull and
Beverley. The only detail I've altered is to show
the River Hull, and the network of drainage ditches
(drains) in a more prominent blue, and to slightly
highlight the higher ground, or low ridge, that
Sutton sits astride at the SE end, and Wawne nestling
just below the ridge at the NW end.
Bear in mind, this is
pre-Bransholme, by-passes, and in the days when
trolleybuses still ran past East Park down Holderness
Road. It's a large map, about 455kb, and should
just fill your screen in a new browser . . press F11
to see full screen and without
Copyright is acknowledged to:
Johnston & Bacon for their excellent
3-miles-to-the-inch road atlas of Britain.
A panoramic "aerial view" of Hull
circa 1890 - 1900
scanned in 4 sections
each opens in fresh browser,
close as you go along
press F11 to view full screen
Old Aerial View 1
Old Aerial View 2
Old Aerial View 3
Old Aerial View 4
copyright is acknowledged to the
Ferens Art Gallery,
where the original of this fascinating print
may be viewed by the public for free.
a link to aerial views of Hull and area, c.1996
and many other towns and villages
in the East Riding and North Lincs area ;
ie, the geographic area "Humberside"
1996 Aerial Views
Those of you old enough to have learnt the lines below by rote
may enjoy seeing them again, if only to test the memory.
Those too young to have heard it before may just
catch on as to what these names are all about.
But, I assure you, it is Family History. But what a family!!
Willie, Willie, Harry, Ste,
Harry, Dick, John, Harry three.
One, two, three Neds, Richard two,
Henry four, five, six then who?
Edward four, five, Dick the bad.
Harry's twain and Ned the lad,
Mary, Bessie, James the vain,
Charlie, Charlie, James again,
William and Mary, Anna gloria
Four Georges, a William,
and then Victoria.
And there you have it ..
CAUTION ! BUYER BEWARE !!
Using the above links on this site:
Please be aware that
information we carry here on or
about other organisations, with or without websites
or links, will become out-of-date given time.
Information to do with books, videos, CDs,
publications, and their prices, all change over time,
as do addresses of contact details, phone numbers,
email addresses and the like. Any weblink or postal
address should be taken as a starting point. New
of the sites
and links displayed on our site should check prices,
etc, with those other sites, before sending cheques
Likewise, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, nor
content, of anything we have a link to .. they are
after all, just that, links. Links which we hope will
help, point you in the right direction. No guarantee
is given or offered by this site. Even the BBC say
they cannot guarantee the accuracy of their links, so
any link or information we show here should only be
used with caution and discretion .. we're just
trying to provide a useful service, and it is free.
GO . . to the Next Page
for a personal view of the village and area.
And finally, for those of you getting
deep into tracing your
family tree, and what Americans shamelessly call your
Pedigree and your Bloodline . . a bit like Crufts,
innit . . . here's a few cautionary words of
comfort from across the Pond about taking any of it too
The Ballad of Susie Lee
Susie Lee, she fell
She planned to marry Joe,
She was so happy 'bout it all;
She told her Pappa so.
Pappa told her, Susie lass,
You'll have to find another,
I'd just as soon your Ma don't know,
But Joe is yo' half-brother."
So Susie forgot all about her Joe,
And planned to marry Will,
But, after telling Pappa this,
He said, There's trouble still.
You can't marry Will, my lass,
And please don't tell your Mother,
'Cause Will and Joe and several more
I know are your half-brother.
But Mamma knew and said "Honey Child,
Do what makes you happy,
Marry Will . . . or marry Joe,
You ain't no kin to Pappy!"
Well !! I say .. .
Interesting footnote to genealogy : Dr Steve Jones,
the acclaimed genetecist, maintains that the one
single invention, or development, of modern times
that has done most to aid the spread of the gene
pool, has been .....
the bicycle !!
some women (alright, most women) have always been
over-suspicious of their husbands. When Adam stayed
out very late for a few nights, Eve became
"You're running around with other
women," she charged.
"You're being unreasonable," Adam
responded. "You're the only woman on
earth." The quarrel continued until Adam fell
asleep, only to be awakened by someone poking him in
It was Eve.
"What do you think you're doing?" Adam
"Counting your ribs," said
And then there's the money issue
"Darling," said the swooning man to
his new bride, "Now that we're married, do
you think you will be able to live on my small
"Of course, dearest, no trouble," she
said. "But what will you live
A FEW CHOICE CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS ...
gleaned from round-and-about on the Internet,
but just for fun !
The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on
Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for
Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale.
It's a chance to get rid of those things
not worth keeping around the house.
Bring your husbands.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of
community. Smile at someone who is hard to
Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care
much about you.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church
Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this
giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't
we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday, there will be tryouts for the
They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married
October 24 in the church.
So ends a friendship that began in their school
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic
'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to
our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed
due to the addition of several new members
and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and
items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to
Please place your donation in the envelope along
the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining,
entertainment and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and
medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of
They may be seen in the basement on Friday
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn
in the park across from the Church.
Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at
All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship
the B. S. is done.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the
would lend him their electric girdles for the
breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at
Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting
in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM.
The congregation is invited to attend this
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First
Please use large double door at the side
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's
campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge
- Up Yours.'