S u t t o n  &  W a w n e
M  u  s  e  u  m

celebrating    ancient   villages   linked   by   a   shared   history

Folk Museum & Family History Centre
inside The Old School

manned entirely by friendly volunteers ~~ and we need more !
we help to research Family History in the area and celebrate its social history through our superb collections of artefacts and photographs

Grade II Listed    built 1859 * * * click here for full image

the oldest former council school in Hull
still used for educational purposes
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Sutton & Wawne Museum, the way in ...
Click this image to view Inter-Active Image of Wawne - just click on a feature, like St Peter's church, Village Hall, etc - to take you to more information. Image courtesy of Bing Maps, Simmons & Getmapping Plc
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The Photo-DVD of Merrill Rhodes' book

click here to download a short PowerPoint file (15Mb in 20 slides)
for a preview of contents;
More details, formats, etc, on our PUBLICATIONS PAGE

note: this DVD is made for computers, PCs and laptops;
not for TV via domestic DVD players.
go directly to the excellent and most acclaimed Sutton & Wawne Museum .. a side menu button is further below view Side Menu on the left if not already visible, for a lot more button links go to Family History pages and lots of helpful links
This website, and all its associated pages, is brought to you
by the Sutton & Wawne Museum, inside the Old School, Sutton on Hull.


A very warm welcome to all our visitors,
and especially to all those
ex-Sutton & Wawne folk who
may have long since left these 'gentle climes'
for other abodes in the far corners of this globe.

With special greetings for those of you now settled
in South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
the USA, and anywhere within this great world-wide
family of English-speaking peoples.

For all of you who were born and worshipped,
were married here, or have loved ones resting here -
to you all, wherever in the world you live now,
an especially warm welcome indeed.
We're pleased you have discovered us -
do enjoy.

If you click the music button, near the bottom of the Menu Bar
on the left, you can hear a short peal of Sutton's bells.
They were added at Christmas, 2003.

Photos of all 14 CWGC War Graves in St James' churchyard
are now posted on the appropriate page.
This was finally fulfilled in time for Armistice Day, 2009.
Photos of the 5 Family Graves and Memorials were added
in time for Armistice Day 2014.

If you happen to be viewing from 'somewhere warm'
and miss the freshness of Sutton in former years ago,
perhaps you'd like to see our Little Slideshow
. . . or a couple of tiny bits of video of Sutton Churchyard,
now working again at the very end of the Photos Page.

At the last count, this website comprises about 70 pages
of assorted content, from serious history to local events,
plus a few items in a 'more light-hearted' vein,
as well as containing over 500 images.
Folk from the general Hull area may
well find these pages of interest.

May you all enjoy your visit
and brief stay with us.
We hope you will call again.
And of course, if you have a Family History
query we can help with . . .

Click the bar of chocolate to see a History of The Old School

Accessing Our Site
There are several ways to access all of it, either by
clicking on any of the buttons in the left-hand menu
or via the many other 'links' scattered around this page.
For family historians, there are the lists of graves in
St James' and St Peter's churchyards,
pages on the history of both churches, and the photo collections
from past vicars and headmasters plus written archives of local families.

For Social Historians, we have a veritable 'museum' of folk history,
with hundreds of artefacts on view representing
every-day village life in decades past.
If you happen to have reached this page directly and
the side menu is not yet visible, you can click
the green button below to access it.

Several links are also on the inter-active aerial views
of each village, shown just below here. Clicking on the
Churchyard in Sutton goes directly to the list of graves,
or clicking on the Village Hall in Wawne goes to their website.

Sorry, can't do anything for mobile phones at the moment;
even tablet browsing is not easy,
but being able to knock off the side menu
and just use the buttons below helps a little.

Where are we . . . ?     -    where are these ancient villages in relation to each other ?
Back to the Start Page

The Historic Villages
of Wawne and Sutton on Hull

and the 'red kite'

we were anciently known as
'Waghen' and 'Sutton-in-Holderness'
until around the 17th-18th Century

the map to the right showing their
proximity, on the northern outskirts of
Hull about 3 miles, or 2.7km, apart.

The brown line of the old lane that connected them is now Wawne Road. It ran along the low ridge that kept the trackway just above the floodplain, the very track that villagers of ancient Sutton had to walk along to attend mass at St Peter's Church in Wawne, at the time when their own church was merely a tiny chapelry of St Peter's.

For over 700 years ago, Wawne was the 'senior' church or village, and Sutton's chapel the 'daughter' church. Though an earlier building to the present St Peter's is thought to date from well before the Norman conquest, the earliest known historical references date from 1115.

Until the 'new' St James' at Sutton was built, the one we see today, and then consecrated as a new and separate parish in 1349, all burials had to be held at St Peter's. It was along this lane that mourners would slowly proceed, carrying their coffin, winter or summer, wet or fine, to bury their dead.

For well over 400 years, life in both villages moved through the various changes and upheavals in English life, occasionally ravaged, touched or influenced by some, but by-passed by many. Kings and Queens, civil wars and insurrections, all came and went, but undoubtedly the biggest change came with the industrial revolution, and most notably the biggest visible sign in Sutton of that revolution, like thousands of villages nationwide, was the coming of the railway.

From that time on, in 1864, Sutton increasingly became a 'dormitory' village of Hull, and increasing in size year on year as that nearby whaling and fishing town also grew in both size and wealth to give us more or less what we have today.

It is my personal belief that had the new railway first taken a slightly more northerly course on leaving Hull, so following lower ground nearer to the river to avoid cutting through the slightly higher ground that was Sutton, it would have passed more equally between the two villages, before then turning roughly east towards Swine as it did after passing through Sutton. Perhaps then the station would have really been titled, "Sutton on Hull & Wawne," and Wawne would have benefitted more too. There were many stations so titled when two places shared the same railway.

We can speculate that the station might well have been on that same lane, perhaps near where "The Swallow" pub is now just south of the Wawne Drain. The area immediately around would surely have grown up long before, as it did some 100 years later when Bransholme estate was built.

As it was, trudging 3 miles to the nearest station in Sutton was better than no station at all, or else traverse the muddy 5 miles or so directly down through Stoneferry into Hull. Perhaps there was marginal benefit to Wawne after all.

My circles on the map mark the centre of both parishes, and show both villages appear to be well separated. And so they are now. Newcomers to Hull and it's history could be forgiven for thinking that first Bransholme, and then Kingswood, were always there. But it wasn't always so.

map showing the proximity of our two villages, and the line of the ancient lane that linked them
see more of the map in a new window

This year, 2017, Bransholme is just 50 years of age, and the even more recent Kingswood still but a pup. The estates, now comprising what is in effect a small town, were born out of the remnants of what had been the 'Abercrombie Plan' devised for Hull after the massive destruction of the Blitz. As well as slum clearance that would have happened anyway, some 80% of the city's housing stock was destroyed or damaged in the wartime bombing. Hull needed a lot of new homes.

Even more folks may be surprised to know that it was never originally intended for Hull's new 'dormitory town' to be built on the flood plain where it is now - but first planned for the slightly more highly elevated fields and woods around either Rise Park, to the north east beyond Skirlaugh, or equally well to the east at Burton Constable!

All of Bransholme, Sutton Park and Kingswood, were virgin fields, frequently flooded from an untamed River Hull in winter, but dry enough to graze cattle in summer. There were several dairy farms, but two of them, Low and High Bransholme, gave the area it's name today. Wawne Drain, one of several dug by the monks of Meux, was always the boundary between the two ancient parishes, and would be so today had not the very new St John's been built on Wawne Road itself.

The actual shape of the historic Sutton parish is even more of a surprise, for only a fraction of that parish is shown on this map. Until 1887, it's former shape could be roughly likened to this mishapen red kite, where the wobbly tail extended way to the south, right down Cleveland Street to the north side of Witham, and thence north back up Dansom Lane. The west side of the wobbly tail was the course of the River Hull. The white cross marks the relative position of St James' Church, and the white line that of Witham and Holderness Road today. Click the graphic to enlarge it.

Thus all of Stoneferry, Wilmington and St Mark's in the Groves (to give it's older title) were areas whose inhabitants were often baptised, married and buried in St James' churchyard in Sutton village itself, leading to much confusion today amongst family history researchers. As an aside, it's worth pointing out here that another minor point for confusion is that St James' at Sutton is often mistaken for the war-damaged - and since demolished - church of St James' just off of Hessle Road, in St James' Square behind the ARCO building.

The 1881 Census was the last to record Lime Street and The Groves as being in Sutton Parish. Increasing industrialisation brought the numerous new terraced streets and tiny courts housing those thousands more inhabitants up both sides of Cleveland St. They were folk who would eventually gain their own parish churches - St Mark's consecrated in 1887 was one - and so the old Sutton parish was divided up.

A 'stylised' map of the immediate Groves area shows the very southernmost extent of Sutton Parish until 1887, St Mark's in The Groves .. click to enlarge though St Mark's Church itself is just off this map a hundred yards to the north, beyond Mulgrave Street. The map can be seen here, on clicking this thumbnail.

The red kite lost its tail.
Or maybe it was a red flatfish.

Back to the Start Page

If you want to see what the weather holds
before you visit us in Sutton, there's a
Met Office Weather Widget near the
bottom of second half of this page.

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Inter-Active Image - just click on a feature, like the church, the Museum in the Old School, Village Hall, etc - to take you to more information. Image courtesy of Bing Maps, Simmons & Getmapping PlcSt James' Church pagesWedding Green - click to see how to book Your Wedding at St JamesWar Memorial to both World Wars, plus 14 War Graves inside the churchyardThe Churchyard and MI's, including the 14 War Gravesthe Sutton & Wawne Museum and Family History Centre located inside The Old School, a venue that can also be hired for your small occasionThe Village HallThe Vicarage to St James' ChurchSt James' Church OfficeReading Rooms: Sutton Sports & LeisureThe Ship InnThe Duke of York InnThe Courtyard - for plants, flowers & ornaments, call 07932 944437 for details of what's inOld Railway StationLowgate Garage - just off this picture, to the right of the Duke of Yorkthis road leads south, eventually to Rob's Photo Restoration & Repair service; true, it's outside the parish, that is your Webmaster!this road also leads south to Rob's Photo Restoration & Repair serviceThe Village Pantry, off the map to the right further along Church St, for a most delicious breakfast, afternoon tea and catering for all small occasions
  Hover your mouse over areas of either of these images, such as the Churches, churchyards, Village Halls or Schools, and
you'll find that various areas and buildings are 'clickable'.
If the mouse arrow changes to a hand with a pointing finger, try clicking it ....

the medieval 13thC St Peter's ChurchWawne Village Hall ... for masses of info on parish, policing, events and community mattersWawne Primary SchoolThe Post Officethis lane leads to the historic Wawne Ferrythe lane to Meaux AbbeyWaggoners Arms ... no website yetThe site of the old Humberside County Council Cold War Nuclear Bunker .. not open to the public, being converted now to a private bungalowWawne, the Windham Family and deeper Wawne historyThe road to Sutton on Hulleven deeper history from the Domesday Bookthe modern Wawne listing on WikipediaWawne Convenience Store and ShopChurchyard, photos of church, and links to buy MI books

Convert this aerial image to a Street Map showing main buildings;
use Backspace key to return to aerial view. All the links in this IMAGEMAP, except St Peter's Church,
leave this site and then open in a new browser window.

Additional to the Image Map above, with it's clickable links, there's a Wawne photo website, by Barbara ... excellent!
Postcode: HU7 5XA ::: click image to go to St Peter's, Wawne, also to a link to the new independant Wawne Village Website go into our little museum
Postcode: HU7 4TL ::: click to go to all known graves and monuments in our churchyard, and click the music button at the bottom of the Menu Bar on the left to hear a short peal of St James' bells.

Museum & Family History Research 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
Friends of The Old School ... we need you !! An up-to-date list of our Friends is now on this 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 ..
potted Church Histories for St James', & St Peters's, Wawne
Wawne Village, links to church, Village Hall and history
Sutton War Memorial .. photos of each war grave now added, Nov 2009
Wawne War Memorial
leave these pages to visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to research any war dead, in both World Wars, for all Commonwealth forces that took part ....
Wawne Ferry .. a couple of pictures
leave these pages to visit Humber Cars ... an astonishing local museum and a real touch of class
our FACEBOOK page

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A couple of our experimental videos ...
just trying the sounds,
trying to capture the mood of
St James' churchyard, are at the bottom
of the Photos Page, after GALLERY 4.

send an EMAIL to us direct to the volunteers at the Sutton & Wawne Museum
Do visit our Guestbook; now over 160 entries from all over the world.
Top of Page
Local Photos & Images of Sutton & Wawne
RAF Sutton on Hull page
dozens of links to military history, both local,	national and military, including both World Wars, all armed services, and more
General Links, many local to Hull and the East Riding ; includes many Family History links, with an emphasis on links to the Armed Forces and their associations.
St James Churchyard - a full list of graves and memorials
books, DVD, pamphlets, etc, to do with local history or interest.
leave these pages to visit Brooklands Photographic Society, Sutton
connects to Hull in our City of Culture Year
Rob's Photo Restoration & Repair Page ... click button for more details
our FACEBOOK page

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Sutton on Hull is near Kingston upon Hull. Wawne is 3 miles nor'west of Sutton. see map

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