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Sutton House, Hackney, London: 1 reviews and 5 photos

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This beautiful Tudor house built by a courtier of Henry VIII , Sir Ralph Sadleir in 1535 is situated in Homerton High Street, Hackney. After centuries of occupation by merchants, silkweavers, and Victorian schoolmistresses, amongst others, and much later, in the 1980's, squatters, the house was completely renovated in the early 1990's and since then has been run by the National Trust and is open to the public.

The visitor can see rooms in Tudor, Georgian and Victorian styles that have been painstakingly restored, and, as far as possible, maintaining the architectural and decorative styles, features and details that the house would have had over the centuries.

Having been to several NT properties, which are all lovely, I especially enjoyed my visit here, partly because Hackney is the place I was born and there was the feeling of "this house is part of my heritage" (in a community sense) - I also enjoyed it because the whole property is almost entirely accessible to visitors with only a couple of rooms closed to the public. There is a really warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere by the staff, (who are VERY knowledgeable and only too glad to offer help and assistance).

Everything here has very much a "hands- on" approach about it - there are no signs telling you not to touch - (unlike many properties where that is not permitted for understandable reasons) And, the house really seems to be an integral part of the local community, encouraging school groups, and holding monthly family days - (there is a lot to keep children interested here!) and they also host concerts in the Wenlock Barn.

Each room has fact sheets giving historical details and pointing things out that the visitor may miss (look out for the tiny etching of a Tudor man holding a grid-iron above the fireplace in the Georgian room!) - it's worth having a read, you'll be fascinated!

The Curator of the house is Naomi, who was so interesting to talk to and who has so much knowledge about the house I shall have to return for one of the tours which takes place on the 1st Sunday of each month (according to the NT guide book) - again it might be worth ringing the house first for further information.

There is the delightful, licenced, Brick Place Cafe serving drinks, snacks and light meals where we had freshly made sandwiches and a great cup of tea!

Check the National Trust's website listed below, for details of how to get there and ticket prices etc (it's free if you become a member and it is cheaper for family/school groups.)

Address: 2-4 Homerton High Street, Hackney E8
Directions: On the corner of Isabella Road and Homerton High Street. About a quarter of a mile from Hackney Central Station.
Phone: 020 8986 2264

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2008
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