Sutton House
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  • SJC94
    Ashford, United Kingdom155 contributions
    Different Take On A National Trust Tour
    The venue has limited opening and tours must be booked in advance. They open booking slots a fortnight in advance. Easy to find from Hackney Central. The tour was led by a young lady who is not your typical National Trust tour guide or volunteer. She was lively and informative but the tour was also informal . This made a change from the usual scripted tours. There was plenty of time in each room to look and ask questions. To the side of the house is a community garden to sit in. Unlike other National Trust properties there was no shop or cafe and no up selling. There are plenty of cafe in Hackney.
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 7, 2022
  • Catriona H
    Teddington, United Kingdom1,207 contributions
    Rather unusual place to look round!
    Interesting looking round this - the oldest building in east London. Dating back to the Tudor times, this house has survived remarkably well, with fabulous wood panellings and a brick exhibit downstairs (an all-brick building was actually unusual for the time). Occupied by squatters and with a tribute upstairs, there are also some crazy adapted camper van/coaches in the garden. Good place to spend 30-40mins looking round
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 2, 2020
  • magdaB734
    London, United Kingdom56 contributions
    Tudor past and a house through the centuries
    such a really delightful and interesting place to visit. If you've followed Tudor history, and read Hilary Mantel's detailed work/trilogy on Thomas Cromwell, this adds to the story, especially as Ralph Sadler, Cromwell's protegee, lived here, Cromwell himself with his family,about 4 miles away in his retreat at Austin Friars. Sutton Place has many facets, explained so carefully and with a lot of enthusiasm by Sam my guide. Thank you for such a thorough insight into its history. Another point is the community's input in the House, which helped it steer clear of developers. I'll visit again in December if there's an open day with Christmas goodies !
    Written August 22, 2021
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Redhill, UK90 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited on a Sunday afternoon. We booked onto a guided tour which lasted about an hour. Our guide Lucy was very well informed. Lovely to see that this Tudor house has stood the test of time. The history was fascinating and the characters who have lived here are interesting. Nice to see their stories kept alive ! I would highly recommend visiting.
Written August 15, 2022
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New York City, NY151 contributions
I went by tube and Silverlink train to Hackney to see it. SH was built in 1535 by one of Henry VIII's courtiers and is one the most complete Tudor house left in London. It doesn't have much in the way of furniture, but the building itself is interesting enough for an hour's visit, and it didn't take very long to get there, despite its location outside of central London. I can't recommend it as a must-see on a first or even second London trip, but as an off-the-beaten-track venue for someone interested in the Tudor era, it was worth the visit. To get there, take the tube (Victoria line) to Islington & Highbury, and then change to the Silverlink train (some signs still call it the North London line but it is NOT the same as the "Northern" tube line). Take the Silverlink 3 stops to Hackney Central. From the station, cross the street to the Marks and Spencer side, and then head round the corner to Mare Street where you will see and HSBC bank. Cross the street to the bank, and walk behind the bank where you will be in a church courtyard with plantings. Keep walking straight through the yard for about 5-7 minutes (there are some signs for Sutton House) and when you can't walk any further, turn right. Sutton House will be in front of you. Hackney is a middle-class residential area of east Londonnot the usual tourist territory at all. On the trip back into central London, if you like you can catch bus #S2 just across the street from SH. It will take you to Stratford Station where you can take the tube (Central Line). Or, exit Sutton House, turn left, and walk along Urswick Road to Lower Clapton Road (about 5 minutes.) From there you can take bus # 38 to Holborn tube stop. See their website.Also not far from Hackney Central station: A Burberry factory outlet store: at 29-53 Chatam Place, E9. Phone ahead for hours they are open: The phone number for the outlet is 0208 985 3344
Written November 19, 2003
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David K
Worthing, UK1,497 contributions
Nov 2019
Got off at Hackney Central Overground Station and not far from the station is Sutton House & Breakers Yard .
National Trust owned (£10 per adult to get in , 2019 prices) or Free if you are a member.
A Tudor property built by Ralph Sadleir who was the Secretary of State to Henry Vlll and him & his family to live there in 1535 . As you go round the rooms you will still see major areas of the house still in Tudor times but also as the house evolved you will go into a Georgian parlour room and a Victorian Study . You can start by going downstairs to the cellar where it tells you all about bricks and how the house used other materials as well , Go and put your hand in one of the draws in the Tudor Kitchen and see what you think is inside ? Also there is a chapel downstairs as well on the East Wing ? Upstairs are some more rooms and that`s where you will see the Victorian Study . There is even some Tudor bricks in the Great Chamber fire place if you look up inside . The Squatters room had some stairs leading to the room but i think the door was locked . A few more rooms and artifacts are at Sutton House as well , A lovely house and still in fine tact even today .
The Breakers yard was interesting, one Coach with it`s inside taken out , Where i think it is used for educational purposes and a caravan with it`s own chai lounge downstairs .. I also had a lovely cup of tea which was great especially as the weather was terrible..
The lovely , knowledgeable young lady assistant/staff member called Gem was delightful so helpful and welcomed everyone coming in ..
Yep, a nice place to see a little bit of History in East London ..
Written November 3, 2019
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Akron, OH9 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
It is really a shame that so few people visit the last Tudor property in Lindon! It is truly authentic and while not in the center of London it is easy to reach by the Overland Transportation. Hillary Mantell spent considerable time here while researching Wolf Hall and makes reference to it in the book. Visitors can wander at will and there are knowledgeable staff to answer questions and provide information.

There is no restaurant but there is tea and cakes in the kitchen - wonderful cakes! There is a lovely gift shop. Don't miss it!
Written November 13, 2015
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Cork, Ireland547 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
We came across this by chance and are glad we looked around. It aims to give a time capsule impression of the various "lives" this ancient house had had.It was a Tudor mansion in the midst of fields, and became a squat in the 20th century! How ancient it feels, how full of character. Some of the rooms are decorated in style appropriate to their period, but this is not grand - it is just a big house which has somehow survived life's ups and downs and found the city grow around it. I loved the painted staircase (painted perhaps becuase the then owners couldn't afford proper panelling, but now with great period charm). I also liked the curious and fantastical vehicles in the small back garden, where you can also take tea. These belong to some kind of a creative organisation but you can look inside. One is a sort of double decker caravan transformed into a mini stately home!
Written October 20, 2015
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Eastbourne, UK49 contributions
Sep 2015
Sutton House is a short distance from Hackney Central station. The walk takes you through an old grave yard which is itself interesting.
Sutton House is not like any other National Trust property I have been to. The house is a higgledy piggledy collection of rooms from different periods, from Tudor times to the 1970s when there were squatters. The NT tell the story of the building well and everything seemed accessible- touchable even. There were no posh ladies to tut at you and tell you not to touch - it all seemed so friendly! The cafe was superb - you helped yourself and put your money in an 'honesty box' (Some of the bigger NT properties could learn from this!)

When the NT took over there was graffiti on the walls and even a scrap yard in the garden. Rather than clear these the incorporated them into the building as a part of its history.

Well worth a visit - well done National Trust!
Written September 27, 2015
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Michael K
London, UK483 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
If your community centre turned out to be a Tudor building, that would be a delightful surprise. But if the National Trust property you've crossed London to see turns out to be a community centre that happens to be housed in a Tudor building, that's something of a disappointment. I am surprised other reviewers are so enthusiastic about this building. It was Rafe Sadler's home for 11 years, and must have been stunning when he built it. But it has been through so many hands in the meantime, with so many changes, that it is completely lacking in any Tudor atmosphere. One room has some linenfold panelling, but apparently even that isn't original to the property. It has belonged to various private owners, but has more recently been a school, trades union office and parish institute. The National Trust has made no effort to restore it to its Tudor originality, so we get a Victorian room, and Georgian room and so forth. Every expense has been spared, unlike the spectacular English Heritage work at Danson Park and Kenwood. The community centre effect was compounded during our visit by its being filled with church hall tables for a craft fair. The only comparable disappointment I have had was at Eastbury. No, I tell a lie; the Red House at Bexley is almost as underwhelming.
Written December 10, 2013
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Virginia M
Wellington, New Zealand240 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
This house is definitely worth taking the time to venture off the "normal" touristy beaten track, particularly if you are a fan of Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" and "Bringing Up The Bodies" as it was originally built by Ralph Sadler (Sadlier), who features largely in these two historical novels. This house is National Trust so a fee is payable but it is well worth joining the National Trust as visiting a few homes or properties means it pays for itself.

It is beautifully maintained, and if like me, you are fortunate enough to visit when it is quiet then you can wander at leisure and appreciate the history of the house. Do allow yourself time to enjoy the cafe/secondhand bookshop - I enjoyed a generous Ploughmans Platter with 3 choices of cheese, a little pork pie and chutney, rocket salad, gherkins, tiny pickled onions, fresh granary bread and a bottle of delicious organic lemonade for a fraction of the price I would have paid in the West End and the gentleman who served me was really friendly and helpful.
Written November 8, 2012
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England6 contributions
This is a fantastic example of a medieval Tudor house, built 1535, which for the main part is in highly original decor.

There are wood panelled rooms, where the panelling is essentially all original and in wonderful condition, and stone fireplaces. There is also a 17th Century wooden staircase.

The house is the oldest brick house in East London and there is small interesting exhibition in one of the cellars about early brick building.

There are also some small sections of painted walls.

We endured a horribly busy road journey from Berkshire on Sunday but the five hour round trip was definitely worth the hour to look around the house so we would thoroughly recommend it.
Written November 27, 2006
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London, UK15 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
This is definitely the worse NT property that we have visited by far. Please don't come here, it is more like a community centre than a NT property. The volunteers are unhelpful and are far from the informative volunteers that you usually get at most NT properties. The only nice room was the hall which was the only room in the house that wasn't messed up by the children event that was going on. The volunteer in the shop was rude and sounded like he didn't want to be there. The café was a little bit better but there was no seating area so we were made to sit on a bench in the breaker's yard which was full of children to our annoyance.

Don't waste your money coming here, because it is just a waste of time. Although, I would suggest visiting nearby NT property Eastbury Manor House-which is just 20-30 mins away.
Written June 22, 2018
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