No. 2182




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Events Committee Friends Shop Acquisitions In Memoriam


To join The Friends of Honeywood Museum or renew an existing Membership click HERE


Membership enquiries to Tony Price, our Membership Secretary, may be made through our Contact page

The Friends of Honeywood Museum
Registered Charity No. 1067131

We are a charity formed to raise funds to support the work of the staff at Honeywood Museum and to encourage as many people as possible to take an interest in our local history.

We help to pay for many items; for Sutton's heritage collections, for the Museum's collection and for Events at the Museum
We publish books that offer a wide-ranging insight into local history
We produce a selection of popular greetings cards that reflect our heritage, and that of Carshalton and surrounding areas
We sell popular publications, including historical maps, that give an insight into the history of the area
We have a friendly Book Club that meets regularly
We organise talks and events throughout the year that are associated with both our local history and other interests
We publish regular Newsletters and E-Newsletters for our members throughout each year
We offer our Volunteers a huge range of activities that involves them in the working and development of the Museum
We receive our funding from membership subscriptions, donations, sales of merchandise and publications, and events
YOU? We would love you to join us, support our wonderful Museum and help increase awareness of our local heritage

Membership of the Friends gives you a 10% discount on purchases of all items not produced by the Friends from the Museum's shop on production of a valid membership card, as well as discounted ticket prices to most of the Friends’ and the Museum's events.

The current Subscriptions are:

£7.00 for single membership per annum       £11.00 for a family (up to 2 adults and 2 children) per annum
£30.00 for group membership (up to six people from the same group/establishment) per annum

The Friends of Honeywood Museum need volunteers to help with events that they run, such as Carshalton-on-Sea and the Frost Fair and to help run their activities e.g. at the Environmental Fair.  If you would like to help the Friends raise money to support the Museum and raise its profile  then please contact the Chairman of the Friends, Sue Kelsall, at or phone 020 8241 5679

The members of the committee are:

Chairman: Sue Kelsall, MBE
: Lucy Kelsall
: Chris Cartwright
Membership Secretary
: Tony Price
Talks Organiser: Susan Hoskin

Committee Members
: Margo Cartwright, Jo Corkett, Jeannette Crosier, Steve Morris, John Phillips
Co-opted Member: Elizabeth Price

You can contact us: by post to The Friends of Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX
or by email through our Contact page on this Web site


Tickets now available from Honeywood Museum for our
2017 Autumn Raffle! Some really fabulous prizes:

• A traditional Christmas Hamper worth £100
Westcroft Leisure Centre, Gym Membership for three months
• A three course meal for two at The Greyhound Hotel, Carshalton
• Box of Speciality Beers from The Hope
• £50 meal voucher for The Sun
Frank Di Lusso Hair, Hairdressing Voucher £32
Honeywood Tearoom, Luxury Cream Tea for  Two
Seven Hairdressing, £20 voucher + hair products
• Woodcote Green Garden Centre, Wallington - £15 voucher
House of Flowers, £10 florist voucher

Tickets £1 each - Winners to be drawn on 23rd November 2017
Huge thanks to those who donated the prizes

Honeywood Mini Explorers - The World of Beatrix Potter

Wednesday 25 October 11:00-13:00

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event


Aimed at children aged 6-10 years

The children will create a mini Peter Rabbit Garden, listen to the Tale of Miss Tiggy Winkle and make a collage of Squirrel Nutkin

FREE, but must be pre-booked on 020 8770 4297

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Donations will be very welcome


Is Sutton Part of Black History?

Thursday 26 October 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event
for Black History Month

We offer a very 'warm welcome' back to Sean Creighton, independent historian of slavery, abolition and British Black history, for another illustrated talk detailing many little known aspects of Sutton's black history

The baptism in Sutton on 15th April 1677 of John Sango, ‘a Moor’, in Sutton is a reminder that Africans and people of African descent have been living and working in Britain for centuries. Most came here because of Britain’s involvement in the slavery business and colonialism. As across the rest of the country there were many involved in the slavery business and then colonialism who lived or had family connections with Sutton. Sean will discuss these connections and the lives of the people involved

Tickets are £4.50 (£3.50 Friends) - FREE tea and coffee from 19:00

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book or simply print and return booking form

Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession

Thursday 23 November 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

We are delighted to once again welcome back the renowned local author Alison Weir to Honeywood Museum

Fresh from the sophisticated palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game. She has a spirit worthy of a crown – and a crown is what she seeks.  And so she embarks on her perilous course, which will plunge a kingdom into turmoil.

Alison Weir weaves new research and theories into the dark, powerful tale of Henry VIII’s second wife - a woman ahead of her time, who dared to question traditional concepts of femininity, and whose ambition drove her to gamble with the fickle nature of a dangerous king.

Mulled wine and mince pies included in the ticket price!

Tickets are £6 (£5 Friends)

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book

The Friends' fabulous Autumn Raffle.....

Tickets are now available from Honeywood Museum, and the draw will take place at this event. Click on the pic for more details!! All proceeds go towards supporting our wonderful Museum.


Honeywood Book Club

Sunday 26th November 14:30-16:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

This month's book:
  My Grandmother Sends her Regards and Apologises 
Frederick Backman

Admission and refreshments free

Please bring a copy of the book with you

If you are interested in joining, please contact Sue Kelsall on 020 8241 5679 or


Click on the picture above
to see a little bit of
Christmas magic!!

Christmas at Honeywood

Saturday 2 December 12:00-17:00

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

HUGE FAMILY DAY! Christmas starts at Honeywood Museum!!

Twinkly lights all around the pond and outside Honeywood, and inside a very festive Honeywood:

Father Christmas will be in his grotto from 12:00 to 17:00 (with a short break for him and his elves!)
Special Christmas Magic Shows at 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 and 16:00
The Wandle Ceilidh Band outside Honeywood from 12:00 to 13:00
The Penny Royal Clog Dancers from 13:00 to 14:00
Black Swan Border Morris dancing from 14:00 to 15:00
Local craft/gift stalls offering a lovely range of unusual Christmas presents (more details soon)
Christmas Lucky Dip and Tombola

Tickets for Father Christmas (£3 per child) and Magic Shows (£2 per child) will available at the Museum from 11:00 on the day - children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Further details will be added here as we get closer to the event - keep a look out!!

Honeywood Book Club

Sunday 17th December 14:30-16:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

This month's book:
  The Greatest Gift 
Philip Van Doren Stern

Admission and refreshments free

Please bring a copy of the book with you

If you are interested in joining, please contact Sue Kelsall on 020 8241 5679 or


Sutton Borough's Varied Bus and Rail Services
and how they have changed over the past decades

Thursday 22 February 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

An illustrated talk by John Parkin, local transport historian and enthusiast

Local transport enthusiast and historian John Parkin shows a selection of pictures of trams, trolleybuses, buses and trains to illustrate the way that routes have evolved, vehicle types have come and gone and the way we travel has changed in past decades, where often the backdrop to a photo can depict the many social changes many of us have lived through. The South Met Tramways, London Transport and Southern Region of British Railways are looked at in some depth

Tickets are £5 (£4 Friends) - FREE tea and coffee from 19:00

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book or simply print and return booking form

Ponds: Houses and People 1890-1914

Thursday 22 March 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

John Phillips will look at the people living in the large houses around Carshalton Ponds in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a period when Carshalton was beginning to change into a suburb but much of the old village was still in place. It was a society shattered by the First World War and which disappeared rapidly thereafter

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book or simply print and return booking form


Edwardian London

Thursday 26 April 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

An illustrated talk by Ian Bevan, City of London Guide & Lecturer

This talk looks at London at the beginning of the 20th century when the death of Queen Victoria heralded the dawn of an Edwardian era with the British empire at its zenith. London was the heart of that empire and new buildings and monuments in the capital reflected the confidence of an Imperial power. London also hosted a Franco-British Exhibition, the Olympic Games and a Festival of Empire that bolstered that image. However, there were tensions as workers unionised, immigration added to the pressures, and women pushed for the vote

Tickets are £5 (£4 Friends) - FREE tea and coffee from 19:00

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book or simply print and return booking form


The Friends of Honeywood Museum
Annual General Meeting

Thursday 24 May 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event for Members Only

More details to follow


Some acquisitions purchased by the Friends for the Museum for the Museum's collection

The Marion Chair

At the beginning of October 2014 The Friends were contacted by an antique furniture dealer about his acquisition of what he described as an oak Hall chair. He noticed that the chair was stamped Marion & Co, the leading photographic supply company of the late Victorian period, and whose managing partner John Pattison Kirk created and lived in the Honeywood we know today. He wondered if as well as the photographic business, Marion & Co also stamped furniture at their Soho premises.

The answer seems to be in the books published by Marion & Co in the late 19th century, in which they refer to providing a bespoke service to equip and furnish home studios for their clientele. As Marion & Co did not trade in furniture it seems evident that this chair was part of their studio range of accessories.

The committee of The Friends thought the Studio chair would make a fine addition to our Marion collection and after a helpful and fruitful negotiation with the dealer, the chair was acquired and is now at Honeywood, and may be found in the Billiards Room.

'Robert Burra of Carshalton' - artist unknown

'A chance discovery by Jane Howard, the curator of Honeywood Museum, resulted in the Friends of Honeywood acquiring for the museum a portrait of Robert Burra of Carshalton. It is a sensitive oil on canvas, dating from circa 1790. There are very few portraits of local characters from the past in the borough’s art collection, so the painting marks an important find.

Burra set up a textile business with Thomas Rowlandson, in Watling Street, London, near St Paul’s. They were known and traded as Manchester Warehousemen, a term given to those who traded in cotton goods and calico.

Robert probably chose to raise his family in Carshalton because the village was a most desirable suburb for city businessmen and merchants. Although Carshalton and the Wandle were renowned for their calico enterprises, this was probably not an important factor in his choice. You can see two monuments to members of the family in All Saints Church, Carshalton.

This picture is on display in the Carshalton Village Room.

'Olympic Celebrations' - John Stillman

'Bought by the Friends for Honeywood, this charming painting by John Stillman of 2012 Olympics celebration. The painting shows the elegant Swan stage on the pond with Honeywood in the background.

We can’t think of a better way to commemorate such a special occasion than with this painting which the Friends bought for Honeywood Museum.

The picture hangs in the hallway between the Billiards Room and the Drawing Room.

The Marion 'Perfection' Full-Plate Camera

The Marion display is to be found in the Billiards Room.

In the mid nineteenth century the science of photography was taking huge steps forward and beginning to have an impact on everyday lives.

One of the great pioneers in the field of imaging was the firm of Marion & Co. founded by Augustin Marion in the early 1840s. From 1846 their premises were in Regent Street before moving to much larger facilities in Soho Square, where a long association saw 22 & 23 Soho Square evolve into the home of modern photography.

In the twentieth century, amalgamations and the development of the business saw Marion evolve into the Ilford photographic empire and ultimately Rank.......
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In Memoriam

Paul Williams
1946 - 2016
A Tribute
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Peter Davalle 1925-2013
A Tribute
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Joan Davalle 1926-2011
A Tribute
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Stan Coleman 1933-2010
A Tribute
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