Our Centenary Year

Celebrations of our centenary year were planned for 2020, but most of them had to be put on hold because of the covid pandemic. One that survived was the virtual launch of a series of Local History Notes (ten so far and counting) in December 2020 to supplement our long-standing series of Occasional Papers. These can be accessed from our Publications page. Three events were carried over to 2021:

A Heritage Treasure Hunt for members and the general public, to run from 10th July to 17th August; a booklet is available from Honeywood Museum or Whitehall, or can be downloaded from here. See how many items of Sutton’s Heritage you can identify, and perhaps become Heritage Hunter of Sutton 2021.

Sutton Past, Present and Future
Thursday 5th August 2-4pm
An afternoon of discovery looking at how our borough has developed in the past and is still evolving. Look at some maps to find out what was there before your road was built. Do you know when your house was built? There are visual clues to help. Do you help in the garden? Found anything that has been man made? A chance to bring it along and let the experts tell you about it. See objects from Sutton’s museum collection with specially chosen items to reflect how our area has changed over time.
Admission is free but all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Location: Honeywood Museum. Advance booking essential – click here

A Celebration Tea for Society members at the Milton Hall, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday 2nd October. Members can book their tickets from Jean Kirby (email address in the latest Society Newsletter) before 20th September, price £20.

Please join in our celebrations, and encourage your friends and family to take part.

The Society’s Aims

The Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society was founded in 1920 as the Beddington, Carshalton and Wallington Society. It was set up “… for the purpose of extending knowledge of local history; preserving objects of beauty and interest, whether natural or structural; placing archaeological finds in safe keeping; visiting places of interest and providing instructive lectures.” These remain the aims of the Society.

The areas we cover

For 86 years the Society was called “The Beddington, Carshalton & Wallington Archaeological Society”, but in 2006 it was felt appropriate for Sutton and Cheam to be covered by our Society as they were not covered by a historical society. Hence the change of name to “The Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society” – which now represents the whole of the London Borough of Sutton.

Carshalton High Street
Carshalton village between the wars, showing the King’s Arms public house before it was bombed during the Second World War