On the Map! Spotlight on Sutton…

Last month we looked at some of the wonderful contributions to Layers of London from users in Croydon. This month we are travelling up (or is it down?) the river Wandle to another of our favourite London boroughs... Sutton! Some highlights from the place that was in 2014 described by a senior Government official as the most "normal place in Britain"...
  • Pictured above is a scene from the Sutton celebrations of Queen Elizabeth's coronation. Sutton Archives have added many photos of the festivities to the website and they show many beaming children celebrating this exciting and optimistic event in London's post-war history.
  • Abby Matthews has added information about a photo studio on Sutton High Street run by David Knights-Whittome between 1904 and 1918. After he closed up shop he left behind thousands of glass plate negatives in the cellar that weren't rediscovered until 1988. The 10,700 recovered images are now available to view online, an incredible insight into this seminal period in British history.
  • Sutton was incorporated into London in 1965 and was historically a much more rural area than it is today! Geoffrey West has been researching the history of Barrow Hedges Farm and has shared some of his findings on Layers of London - an example of some of the very local history you can find when you explore the map.
Do you live in Sutton and know something interesting about the area? Why not set some time aside to share it with the wider world and put it on Layers of London? Adding records is easy, check out our user guide for tips!