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

(beware: Google has our location slightly wrong ~ go east about 50yds)

Free   Exhibition   &   Folk Museum
y o u r l o c a l c e n t r e f o r f a m i l y h i s t o r y

Research your Family History here yourself ~ or ask us for assistance

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

On a PC/laptop, pressing F11 will give you a Full Screen :
for Tablet Browsers, dump the side menu

Home Page .. for the Sutton & Wawne Family History
Centre ... press F11 to toggle Full Screen
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
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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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Opening Times :
4 hours, Every Friday lunchtime . . 10 am - 2 pm

Admission to Our Folk Museum
we are totally self-funded
and welcome your donations, however small
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
on this Stagecoach Routemap (in PDF)
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.

you can email the museum directly on
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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 TOP of PAGE END of PAGE

P e t e r   K i n g

Peter had his first volunteering day yesterday, the 19th,
and is a very welcome addition to our team.
We give sincere thanks to all our volunteers listed here.
There would 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. We are always open to extra help,
so please do ask if you would also like to be involved.

Peter Blyth

Liz Cook

Simon Davies

Maureen Fox

Rob Haywood

Colin Hill

Josephine Hill

June Irvine

Peter King

another rare view .. click to see
another rare view
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Sutton 1st Scouts .. click to see
Sutton 1st Scouts
... days when it
t'were fun to
be a lad

More Blasts
From The Past ..
Who's This .. ..?
We're told that all three on the left here worked for Sewell's, the builders.
Names, anyone?

We still have no lead on the gravedigger. Thanks to
Tony Broughton
for the info.

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:
Five of our happy volunteers good and true to serve them!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.

The Memorial Stone in its new home
in our entrance lobby along with the
restored plaque to Sgt Jack Lee, R.E.
who died of wounds in Belgium in 1944.


We are very sorry to report the death of
the Rev. Deana Doherty, who passed away
peacefully in her sleep at her home in Ireland
on Sunday 7th January 2018, aged 95.

It is to Deana, and her late husband Terry,
that we must give thanks for having this
preserved Old School to enjoy today.
They retired from serving the St James' and
Sutton community in 1999, and how
they both saved this school is quite a story.
We wish to convey our deepest condolences to
all of Deana's family and friends at this sad time.

Barbara Lazenby

Jill Lawson

Sylvia Popple

Ann Pullen

Merrill Rhodes

Peter Rhodes

Sandy Seal

Jean Sutherland

Alan Thurloe

a rare view .. click to see
The 32 .. another
rare view

another rare view, of Coronation Day .. click to see
Church Hall 1953
this will set
folks talking ..
click to enlarge

More Blasts
From The Past ..

We hear that the postmistress was Mrs Elsie Iredale, who ran the post office from 1950 till around 1956.
The lady on the left in the haberdashers is Gladys Harland. Her shop was opposite the church, next door to Lasseys.
Thanks again to Tony Broughton.

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 .. £1.00 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
in this year of Hull, 2017 City of Culture
Is that a term to be worried about?
... ... what it is, how you use it, and how we can help

Put simply, a GEDCOM is a universal text document that contains the family tree you may have spent years compiling and saving into a family history programme. Family Tree Maker, Brothers Keeper, Legacy, RootsMagic and Gramps are all well-known family tree programmes, the last being one that we recommend here on this website because it is totally free. You enter your details in ready made forms, with names, dates of birth, birth and marriage places all having their own boxes, or fields. The layout differs from one programme to another, but essentially they all work the same way.

They all create GEDCOMS, but only at your wish and command. I would say there's more to be worried about by not getting to grips with what a GEDCOM is and how it can safeguard years and years of hard work. Most of you never see the GEDCOM file in the programme you use because you've never needed to, or think it's too complicated. But whenever I've shown and explained to folks what it is and how it can help, they quickly twig on to the benefits and feel relaxed enough about it to have a go.

If you're just using a programme on your PC or laptop, but have never entered any tree information on the web in say, Rootsweb, any questions about it may not have arisen. But changing or upgrading your machine will almost certainly bring up the question of how do you transfer your tree from one machine to another. Equally, should you want to transfer all your tree from one programme to another that you've acquired, then the quickest way is to 'export' your tree to a file. One of the file formats offered will be a GEDCOM. Your programme generates a complete text file of all your entries, even if there are thousands of them, and saves them to a filename of your choosing, with the .GED extension.

At its most basic level, that is a good backup in its own right, for should your old programme develop a bug, or your machine fail, then a GEDCOM file saved to a stick, CD, in the cloud or anywhere else other than your machine, is verily your 'get out of jail free card'. Trust me, plenty have had cause to be thankful for it. But I meet many more folks now who have ONLY entered all their tree information online, 'up on the web', and spent hours doing it. More than anyone else, they are the folks most at risk of losing the lot.

The recent news online, over Christmas, is that the ROOTSMAGIC website has gone down. It will remain so for some months whilst 'the management perform some urgent upgrades to the site', illustrating perfectly the advice I give elsewhere on these pages that you should never trust anyone else with your valuable family history data. No-one. Not Rootsweb, Ancestry, or any of the many other sites there are around. No matter whether you pay to subscribe, or it's a free tree, you should always download and keep your own backup copy. That's an argument I've already made elsewhere; no need to go into it again here.

So, if you want to learn more, how to save your file to a GEDCOM, and then how to upload a GEDCOM into another programme, or up onto the internet to Ancestry, etc, come and see us for guidance. If your tree is up on Rootsweb and you haven't backed it up, then the good news is, I'm sorry, can't help you there, but they should be back online by May. I suspect when it does come back online, there will be one hell of a rush to download trees to sticks so as not to get caught out like that again. I've seen grown men weep when years of valuable data has disappeared in a flash for want of 'learning the lifeboat drill.' Why wait until the ruddy ship is sinking, or already vanished below the waves before learning some simple tricks that will save your sanity if not your life.

As well as here at the Sutton & Wawne Museum on a Friday till 2pm, I will also be at the Garden Village Family History Group on Tuesday afternoons at 1.30pm. You don't have to come there regularly, but it is a bit of a friendly club and there is a 2.50 charge per afternoon session, which includes a cuppa and biscuits. You will find it is worth it. Bring your laptop.

In the meantime, here is a simple copy of a GEDCOM file, viewable in Word, Wordpad, Open Office, Notepad, whatever you choose, or as here in your browser. Seeing it explains it better, and you'll get the idea.
Load GEDCOM file ... you'll see how the format remains the same for each individual as you go down the file. It really is easier than you think. You don't need to remember the layout, or format. Just how to create it, save it, and then retrieve it and upload it to your programme or the internet just as you wish.
A LOST MODEL FOUND .. not lost, but mislaid
- a modern mystery of Meaux

Visitors from a few years ago may well recall seeing one of our prized exhibits on display, a scale model of Meaux Abbey. It was the practice to loan this model out here and there, for various other displays and celebrations, and a year or so ago, one of our volunteers referred to the model and expressed puzzlement as to where it had gone. We didn't display it all the time, for it is rather big in it's bespoke made 'wooden suitcase', so we had it in store, as a lot of museums do. The answer to the question - we did not know. We remembered it, but couldn't recall where we had last seen it.

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

So, imagine my delight a few days ago when we had a phone call to ask us if we wanted our model back. What model would that be, I wondered idly. "The model of Meaux Abbey in a huge, great big wooden box" came the reply, said to be found lingering away in a large office cupboard. Yes please, we most certainly do!

So your webmanager went to collect it. To say it is large is an understatement; I could only just fit it over the back seats of the car!

I have to say that this model is quite a piece of work, and a huge amount of thought and time went into its construction. I last recall seeing the actual box some years ago. The model itself sits in a deep and very sturdy, varnished wooden box, and comprises several 'lift-out' pieces that depict how the land appears from the air today, showing the grassy mounds, shallow earthworks and considerable ponds and drainage channels that are now all to be seen of this former impressive religious ediface. Obviously constructed as an 'educational model', it is certainly that. It educated an old duffer like me, let alone some school pupils!

Meaux Abbey model The removable pieces take us back or forward through time from the abbey's foundation in 1151, via a series of scale maps and diagrams to the final piece, which is a 3D model of the church, cloisters, refactory and various outbuildings that are now known to have been on this site until 1540 or so. And then bless me, there are a couple of flourescent lights underneath the whole thing so that some of the maps are backlit as well. Amazingly, the batteries in one lamp still work!

A plaque on the front of the box acredits the model to the "Humberside Archaeological Unit", under the guidance of P.Steele. We would welcome any enquiry from anyone who has knowledge of that unit or team to get in touch with us. Maybe you helped to build it. It is in need, like medieval ruins everywhere, of a bit of restoration itself, a little bit of TLC. The paper background map is lifting, and fraying, in places, and a couple of other issues need addressing. If you can help, please do email me, using the button in the menu.

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.
Click here to see a few more images

Here is another story of a 'Hull' unknown, a story almost contempory with that
of Ethel (the musician, see further below), in this city that was at
that time at once a thriving port and commercial hub.

The Scientific Toy & Thomas Holme.

Thomas Holme is another notable Hull worthy of decades ago about who almost nothing has been known, but was a man who must take most of the credit for the continuance of Hull Telephones to the point where the city has the KCOM service of today. The title of the book derives from the fact that supporters of the rival telegraph service in late Victorian times regarded the telephone as nothing more than that, a scientific toy. They didn't think it would catch on. Thomas Holme was a visionary who saw differently.

On 28 November, a rather cold and grey winter's afternoon, a blue plaque was unveiled on the house where Hull Telephone Department removed to during the darkest days of the Hull blitz. A large city centre exchange in Mytongate had been badly damaged in a raid, and a new site preferably 'out of town' was urgently required. A house at 74 Newland Park, Rosedene, was selected as the new HQ and administrative offices, from where Thomas Holme continued to run the telephone service for the remainder of the war. To date, this has been a relatively unknown fact in our city, and which only now is being recognised and put right. More people now know of Thomas Holme and his place in Hull's history than was the case only a year ago.

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In the photos above, the author of the new book detailed below, Angela Raby, is the lady seated in the white chair on the left just prior to the actual plaque unveiling. A short speech was made by KCOM outlining the basic story of how the telephone HQ came to be here. The plaque was then unveiled by Anne Read MBE, Thomas Holme's grand-daughter, witnessed by a small crowd that included a few of the Telephone Department employees who can recall Thomas Holme himself. The house is now owned by Mr & Mrs Robinson, who kindly gave permission for the plaque to be affixed and for this event to take place. Mr Robinson tells that during a recent renovation of the house, evidence of old telephone lines and junction boxes were discovered in the garage, and these have mostly been left in place. The last photo is of Angela again, standing with her daughter underneath the plaque she has been so instrumental in getting placed here. Her book was seven years in the writing, starting from what had intended to be a small booklet, but has grown to the size of an old telephone directory.

Considering how the city still functioned, indeed, all the services functioned in spite of that horrendous devastation, we have to take our hat off to the administrators and engineers whose foresight and skills enabled it to be so. The telephone service was no small part of that. A Blue Plaque to the people that led them, and those staff and engineers that kept the service going through those dark years, seems to me a very worthy honour indeed.
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Thanks to this new book by author, Angela Raby, not only can Thomas' story be better told, but also the history of the Hull Telephone Department from its inception at the start of the last century right through to modern times. Thomas Holme was the department manager for 42 years, an astonishing full third of the service's whole history through to KCOM.

Angela has been in frequent contact with our museum as part of her research into the progress of the telephone system as it progressed outside of Hull to the outlying villages, as they were then. She first got in touch asking if we had any information on the first 'Telephone Caller Office' that was in Sutton village, plus another one said to be at Wawne. In the event, she was able to tell us much more than we could tell her, but we were able to supply her with some information regarding the sitings of those first telephone exchanges once we knew roughly where they were said to be. The result is that Angela's book now documents an area of Sutton and Wawne's history about which we had very little idea, and to her, we are most grateful. click twice to enlarge

Along with a large mine of many other facts painstakingly reasearched from the city and telephone archives, as well as the few other towns and cities that also had fledgling municipal telephone services, such as Swansea, Glasgow and Portsmouth, she has produced the remarkable story of a true pioneer.

These two images are jpg reductions of the PDF file Angela sent me to announce her book; click either of them twice to enlarge to a readable size.

22 Nov update : Having now seen this remarkable tome at a library for myself, I can testify that this really is quite some history of Hull Telephones, from it's earliest days. The book itself is a large format softback with a plastic cover, and about the size, thickness and weight of Hull telephone directories of recent memory. The detail within, the documents and photographs, family tree of Thomas Holme himself, and a great deal of technical information besides make this a valuable addition to our city's story. As well as Thomas, the author details all the leading lights on both the city council - who headhunted Thomas for the city in the first place - and staff at Hull Corporation Telephones also. Former employees over the years will be fascinated to get the finer detail of things they knew something about, but not the whole story. We are told the last time anything was published about the history of telephones in Britain was in 1947. Angela Raby has told the whole story as it concerns Hull, as full and as wholesome as it can be after more than a century since it all started.


12 November 2017

A small selection of pics of the
Remembrance Service can be found here
STOP PRESS: 30 Oct 2017 :

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 Christmas 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

SUTTON HOUSE & Nursing Home

A recent enquiry in the museum came via the nursing staff at the Sutton House nursing home, who recently paid us a visit. They were researching the history of Sutton House to be able to present a display to current residents. The two ladies, Janet and Tracy, spent quite some time pouring over our extensive photo albums of the village during the past 10 decades or more, and were very surprised to discover an old photo that told a little more recent history of two of their residents. This photo came out as a great surprise, and so they then told us the story.

They had discovered this wedding photo of a couple in our archives who, amazingly, are two of their very elderly residents now. They are Ron and Lois Ellis, ne Worsnop. Both are former police officers, hence the 'guard of honour' of six WPCs, recognising the bride's occupation at the time. Even more surprisingly, neither member of staff were aware that, if the date on the back of the photos is right, that Ron and Lois would have celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary back in the summer, in June, being married that month in 1957. We are assured by the staff that both Ron and Lois are fit and well, and we are very pleased to be able to post their happy day picture here. All here at the museum wish them both a belated very happy anniversary.

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'?

FROM THE PAST : When was Bransholme?

site of former RAF stationAnother blast from the past, a photo supplied by our volunteer Alan Thurloe from his extensive photo and slide collection. A rather moribund view here over what had only recently been the grazing fields of a dairy farm in the late 1960s when this was taken. Older viewers will recognise the higher profile of the new Bransholme flats to the right, and the lower profile of what looks like to be the Stroud Crescent area to the left. In between are some huts and hangers, all that is left of the former RAF station Sutton on Hull, the wartime barrage balloon maintenance site and later fire-fighting school. Within another five years or so, those huts would be the site of a major new shopping centre, a pub, health centre, library and more besides.

Visitors often ask, "... what was here, before Bransholme?" Well, the short answer is, mostly cows, occasional sheep, goats, maybe a pig or chicken or two. Just farms, fields, mostly being grazing fields. Then the war came and the RAF station - then .. .. Bransholme! Perhaps we can say that this bleak image was near the start of Bransholme. There's another photo on this site, deep down on the Home Page, of an aerial view of Sutton looking over in this direction, taken a year or two before this when the fields and hedgerows were still in place. This photo was originally b&w, and has been colour tinted.
Pics of our two of our visitors here, seen right, Joyce & June from St James' Church, enjoying discovering family memories within our photo albums. We have some comfy chairs conveniently placed by the radiator in our re-vamped library corner where folks can spend time and enjoy a browse or even deeper research.

More of our volunteers here; firstly left, Peter, our groundsman (and joint caretaker with his wife Angela), who looks after not only the churchyard and grounds, but all around the Church Hall, vicarage, and our Old School too. Both are former pupils at this old school, and dedicate a tremendous amount of their time to its welfare and upkeep.

We also have Ann and Sylvia, right, both long-time served volunteers, indeed from the very earliest days, here having a cuppa and a chat. This is taken inside our dining-cum-tearoom, where we have large tables for the laying of books, documents and papers enabling space not to be a restriction. Free wi-fi is available, so bring a laptop or tablet, and we have power-points for charging too. The pictures on the wall are some of our exhibition of Ken Cookes' drawings, now for sale, and the tall display boards are part of our exhibition dedicated to the memory of Jack Harrison VC MC.

All three photos are by Alan Thurloe, another of our volunteers and former pupil.
ETHEL LIGGINS . . . . . . who was this girl from Sutton parish ?

Ethel was a girl from Hull who became known in musical circles as a pianist, composer, and conductor, at a time when the latter two roles were particularly rarely represented by women. In keeping with the fashion of the time, she changed her name to Leginska around 1904, perhaps to make it sound more Russian, that nation's composers, musicians and conductors being very much in vogue at the time. Tchaikovsky had died only some ten years before, in 1893, Rachmaninoff was at the start of his rise to fame and Russian names and influence were everywhere in musical circles.

What was even more of a suprise to us was to learn that, at the time of her birth in 1886, her birthplace was in the former Sutton parish, at its very southern extremities, at number 22 Pemberton Street, just off Witham and Dansom Lane. She may well have therefore been baptised in St James' Church, Pemberton St then being considered to be in 'Sutton without', terminology often used in census details to describe a parish's wider area. The year following her birth, the new church and parish of St Mark's was consecrated, and so the first stage in the reduction of the overall Sutton parish area began. Later, Wilmington would also achieve its own church to serve the growing population of the new streets being built all the way up Cleveland St to Stoneferry. Had Ethel been born only a year or so later, her birthplace would have been registered as within St Mark's parish.

Her blossoming talent as a pianist was recognised by the Wilson family, of Tranby Croft, and it was there she went to reside and perform for private house parties that included peers of the realm and royalty - including on one notable occasion the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. Under the Wilson family patronage, as well as other wealthy families, this talented lady became ever more widely known in British musical circles, including her debut perfomances in her home town in 1895, and by 1906, performing as a pianist at the 'London Proms' under Sir Edward Wood.

Ethel's notable place in the history books came later in a series of 'women firsts', when she became the first woman to conduct a major American orchestra, the New York Symphony, as well as sell-out performances as a pianist at the Hollywood Bowl in 1925, and also the first woman to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra. Other notable firsts as a female conductor were in Paris and Berlin, and also the first woman to conduct a grand opera in a leading opera house. There's an astonishing list of 10 'women firsts' accredited to Ethel in the booklet described below, a musical pioneer indeed. This most talented lady would marry, and later divorce, an American musician and adopt American citizenship. Her career was marred by repeated bouts of what can only be surmised now as post-natal depression. She died in 1970 in Los Angeles, the year after the premiere of her opera, Joan of Arc.

All this information comes courtesy of a booklet biography compiled and written by Dr Lee Tsang, a music lecturer at Hull University. A copy of which was brought in to us by Ralph Middleham who chanced upon the booklet, and being intrigued by her birth being recorded as Sutton parish, decided to pop into the museum to see if we had any information on Pemberton Street in the village. We were able to assure him the only Pemberton Street was the one off Dansom Lane, but yes, the record of Sutton Parish was quite correct for the time, until of course the following year.

Ethel's story has also been captured in a "Hull Firsts" brochure produced by the Carnegie Heritage Centre on Anlaby Road. In the form of a splendid city centre folded street map on one side, it displays a 'Hull Firsts Trail' on the other, showing the locations on a walking tour connected with 20 historic 'Hull firsts'. Some 14 of them being individual figures such as Ethel, listing their notable achievements, and 6 locations such as The Deep or Paragon Station. Ethel Leginksa is entry number 5 in this brochure.

Ethel's family home is, sadly, no more. Every house in that street has been demolished and their sites now lie under a variety of warehouses, factories or car showroom vehicle parks behind high metal fences. We hope to gain a copy of this booklet for ourselves, and add it to our extensive museum library of research items and books that document other noteworthy lives of our part of east Hull.


We've had a fantastic couple of days at the Old School in Sutton, visitors enjoying the memories inside our very homely museum, and researching family members from near and far. We had 120 visitors overall the two days, despite the weather which seemed designed to spoil things. The place was buzzing with people and the research was going so thick and fast we had to change the barrel on the printer because it got too hot.

One WW2 service record interpreted for a visitor, two probate records found for other visitors, several school class and village photos scanned and printed or emailed out, plus two old maps scanned and printed. The Parish Registers loaned from The Treasure House at Beverley gleaned new info on the WW2 army and RAF men buried in our churchyard, giving local addresses we never knew before, including one for our Battle of Britain Australian pilot on James Reckitt Ave. It's good to be busy! The word is spreading; the furthest visitor we had was from Edinburgh, to research his local Hull family of the days when Sculcoates and Cleveland Street areas were still being built up with terraced streets.

A very good weekend indeed, thank you everyone who supported us.


and can now be purchased as of Sat 9 September.
Prices are:
Framed : 10 ~~ Unframed : 5


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. . . have been this splendid engraved glass tumbler, and a precious family bible. They were the possessions of the Sutton family, ALLWOOD, and donated to us by distant relations of Mary Allwood, the name enscribed on the glass, and seen here. Mary Allwood 1883-1952
Both Jessica Milner Davis, and her brother Brian Pollard who lived in Sutton as a boy but who now lives in Bristol, knew the old family very well. Jessica has long since gone to live in Australia, and these family heirlooms went with her family when they emigrated. Jessica was on a recent visit back to the UK, including a visit in July along with Brian back to the museum, and Jessica had long-planned to bring these items back to Sutton and donate them to museum for our safekeeping.

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The tumbler, now in our green display case along with the bible, is beautifully inscribed with a floral and swallow design, and enscribed "Mary Allwood 1917." click to enlarge Jessica believes the tumbler was connected in some way to Mary's admission to London University, where she went on to excel and became a teacher in Sheffield. Both Mary, and her sister, Emma, went on to train as teachers, and were the daughters of the Rev. Samual Brown, and Emma (ne Brown .. 1852-1932) who, when widowed, lived at 'The College'.

Mary died in 1952 in the Midlands, after which Jessica and her family moved to Australia, hence these items journey across the globe and back. We must record our thanks too, to Brian, who donated to us, with badges, a "Sutton on Hull 1st Scouts" uniform pullover, now on our displays.


opens throughout the year

except Christmas weeks and New Year.

An interesting item was brought in on Friday 28th by a visitor to our museum, a 'medal' the like of which we've never seen before.
The pictures tell all; Click to enlarge.
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We had a very successful
in East Park on the 29/30th July
Once again, we were there
by kind invitation
to share the stall of the
Yorkshire Regiment Association

Our table held a display
dedicated to the memory of
2nd/Lieut John Harrison VC MC
k.i.a. Oppy Wood 7 May 1917

A big Thank You
to Andy and his Friends ~

seen to the left of the group
on the lower photo
Colin Hill; Philip Burnett ~ Brooklands PS;
and Barbara's friend;]




we have an Art Exhibition featuring
a number of pen and ink line drawings
of Sutton and East Yorkshire scenes
by little known local artist and signwriter
inside This Old School now
Runs until Heritage Weekend in September

From the 9th September, both framed and unframed drawings will be available to purchase:
Framed - 10 . . . . Unframed - 5
Victoria Cross ~ Military Cross

during the morning before the services, all is ready
The Victoria Cross commemorative paver for
2nd Lt Jack Harrison VC MC
was unveiled within the paved area of the memorial garden of Sutton War Memorial,
on Sunday, 7th May, 2017, four days after the actual Centenary of the action at Oppy Wood in which Jack lost his life. A moving first service, attended by a 'packed house' of civic leaders and dignitaries, members of the military, and four of Jack's relatives, was held in St James' church.
This was followed by an equally moving and impressive dedication service for the actual unveiling, at which the Last Post was played and a two minute silence observed.
When the service concluded, the Standard Bearers of the British Legion marched off to a recording of the singing of "Old Faithful", to which the crowd enthusiastically joined in.

All the photos have now been posted on a new page, dedicated to 2nd Lieut. Harrison VC MC, that has been created as a permanent part of our set of pages on our village war memorials.

Jack's Page

The BBC Radio Humberside Bus
came to our museum as part of their
Phil White Afternoon Show on Tour
on Friday 31st March
Steph, the bus driver seen here,
along with Ken Cooke,
our resident artist, and his daughter.
(click any image to enlarge in a new blank window)
This day saw the unveiling of our
Exhibition of Drawings by our artist,
Ken Cooke, here being grilled by
Phil White of Radio Humberside,
and also with Merrill Rhodes, very old friend
and founder of our museum.
It was a fantastic day for the BBC visit, the sun shone for us (thank you Gloria!). We must thank the BBC staff, and all our Visitors, as well as our Volunteers for making it such a success ~ particularly Liz and June for all their hard work in setting up the
superb exhibition of Ken's artwork.
And not least thanks to those who baked, brought cakes and sausage rolls! Yum!

We now have a small display about
the Spanish Basque Children
who found sanctuary in Hull and Sutton
during the 1937 Spanish Civil War.
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.
... new to us!
This photo of some of the men of the East Yorkshire Regiment 13th Btn, nicknamed "T'others", was loaned for scanning by WW2 naval veteran John Oakley. John's father is standing on the far left with pal, highlighted, with his cap rakishingly angled back,
more easily seen in the enlargement.

A better scan is available in the museum for perusal if anyone believes their
relative is pictured within.
The battalion had marched from Beverley to Ripon. It is dated 1915, at Ripon Camp.

Andrew Suddaby's superb book,

"Growing up in
Sutton on Hull"
available each Friday
7.99 ea

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!!"


I do like to reflect on history, and consider the facilities
we used to enjoy not all that long ago.
This is a timetable of postal deliveries
and collections for Sutton on Hull.

Post, Money Order, Telegraph Office, and Savings Bank, Sutton;
John Fortitt, postmaster.
Letters arrive via Hull, week-days, 7-10 a.m. and 6-10 p.m.; Sundays, 8-25 a.m.;
and are despatched, week-days, 11-10 a.m., 3-30, 5-30, and 6-55 p.m.
(the last mail is despatched in summer at 7-40 p.m.; Sundays, 10-25 a.m.

This information was gleaned from a local directory for the East Riding and Hull
printed by Bulmers in 1892. Sutton had a better postal service
124 YEARS AGO than it does today.

What does Sutton enjoy today?
BOSH! It doesn't even have a Post Office, let alone a service as good as that. Lots of folks today can't believe that only some 50 years ago, people in most big towns had
two postal deliveries a day !
Yes. Really. I kid you not. 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.

MALET LAMBERT SCHOOL PHOTOS CLICK TO ENLARGE; the actual photos clearly show each individual
These two enormous photos have been in our archives for some time, kindly donated by the late Alison Jarratt, a former pupil of this school and Malet Lambert, and given to us by her husband, Ivor. We thought it was time we showed what we have and explained what can or can't be done with them. I said 'enormous', and that is not over-egging it, for each photo is a good 3-feet wide - well over 1 metre in foreign money. They date from just 2 years, 1949, and 1951, and show some 740 pupils and staff on each. Being only 2 years apart, some pupils will naturally appear on both, as will most of the staff. They are extraordinarily clear, though this simple poor phone image is not so good. They can be scanned in sections, according to a visitor's requirement. If you come and see them, and find your mum or dad, or grandparents, and would like a scan of that section, even enlarged, that can be arranged. But it is going to have to be done at the museum. We are hoping to find a way to mount them for display, as actual frames are beyond our constrained budget at the moment.

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.

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.

The Old School and Museum had a
visit in early December from BCAE -
and Bransholme 50

. . . a community arts programme for disadvantaged and disabled children that receives some funding from the 'Children in Need' programme. They are based at Dorchester Road Primary School, and their visit to us was to seek information about Bransholme's history. We were able to show photos and maps of the days of yore when the district was mainly small grass fields and mostly given over to dairy farming. And then the RAF came!

This link is to their BCAE Facebook Page where you can see full details of their many ongoing art projects, and also more of what they plan for 2017 when Bransholme celebrates its 50th birthday. They also came to see us with a view to finding out more of what their local area has to offer in visiting interests for the groups they work with, with a focus on those Bransholme celebrations and Hull's City of Culture year. I'm told they work with 1,500 children every year, 600 of them on a regular weekly basis, though they also work with adults too. Below is a message straight from their Facebook Page by organiser, Frances Kelly, giving you an idea of their work.

"As you no doubt know, 2017 is Bransholme's 50th birthday and Bransholme Community Arts Enterprise are collecting stories and memories celebrating life on the estate to create an exhibition and booklet. We'd love to add your stories and photos if you'd like to contribute them. Email us on admin@bcae.karoo.co.uk - or comment on here.
Thanks .. Frances and Wayne."

Hopefully, we'll be getting visits from them in the New Year, and look forward to it.

Other contacts are to Chris Smith, by email to admin@bcae.karoo.co.uk
or by phone, on Hull 821053.

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 Ancestry.com 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 year to visit us to start it off,
in this "Hull 2017 City of Culture" year

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

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!
(but beware: Google did have our location slightly wrong, but it's correct now;
what looks like a street on the map is in fact a car park; we're alongside it.)

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!
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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 at here
at the Museum on Fridays.
So bring a mem-stick to take yours
away ~ No need to leave your copy,
they can be scanned while you wait
Complicated repairs can be collected
usually the following Friday.
... see my page on our

Just click the link.

ALL proceeds from this service
now 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.

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 new season is now running
there are now spaces available for new researchers !
(You don't have to live in Garden Village ... or even in Hull)
Just pop in, no booking needed. Tuesday afternoons, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

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

COME AND MAKE A START - and find out !

We have everything you could need for meaningful and relaxing searching;
a warm room ; free parking ; reliable wi-fi access ;
long tables for layout of your work ;
plus all the help a novice could need from experienced researchers who have
been there and know just how it feels to be new to this absorbing hobby.
Full internet access; research Old Maps + a wide range of general historic info
We show how to gain as much as you can for free online.

There are helpers on hand to give guidance wherever required,
whether with family history resources or just general computer use.
Novice or more experienced computer users welcome -
We're a friendly group that assist and help each other,
and many members need that extra little bit of help,
perhaps having only just got a computer themselves or even about to get one.
Whatever your level, we can help you build your family tree.

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

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

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

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

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

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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

email : Veterans help The Veterans Agency Website
tel : 0800 169 2277 (UK only) .. or .. +44 1253 866043 (Overseas)


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

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