Sutton House

This is a National Trust property and the oldest home in East London.

It was built by the courtier Sir Ralph Sadleir in 1535. His wife was a cousin of Oliver Cromwell. Instead of tapestries or wallpaper, the walls were covered with panels carved into ‘linenfold’ shapes, all of which were different.

sutton ho linen panel

Some were painted.

sutton ho linen panel (1)

Here’s a lovely old fireplace

sutton ho fireplace

Here’s the kitchen. The huge fireplace has been drastically reduced, converted to a staircase and spice cupboard, due to the change from wood to coal as fuel.

sutton ho kit fire

The building has had a varied history; for as time it was home to wealthy merchants, then a girls’ school. In the 1970s it was used as a squat, but as they were taking care of it instead of eviction, they were allowed to stay until proper plans or conservation were in place. A room has been decorated to remember this.

sutton ho squat

I love the garden – showing the different ages of the house

sutton ho ext

And a wonderful converted campervan with Georgian interiors.

sutton ho campervan

sutton ho campervan int

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