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Residence, Sutton House (1535)*

Artist/Designer: Designer Unknown

Project Location: London, United Kingdom

Figure 1 ( Photographer: Lorella Brocklesby )
Figure 2 ( Photographer: Lorella Brocklesby )
Figure 3: Sir Ralph Sadleir, Sutton House, Hackney. Source: National Trust, United Kingdom – Sutton House. Digital Image. Available from National Trust, UK. ( Source | Accessed : May 9, 2013 | Photographer: Lorella Brocklesby )
Figure 4 ( Photographer: Lorella Brocklesby )
Figure 5 ( Photographer: Lorella Brocklesby )
Figure 6 ( Photographer: Lorella Brocklesby )


Primary Material(s):

Hospitality, Exhibition

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
16th Century, 1535

Additional Information:
Project Description:
Sutton House in East London is a rare survival of a Tudor 16th century house. It was built in 1535 for prominent courtier of Henry VIII, Sir Ralph Sadleir. It exhibits Renaissance elements in the upper chamber which is illustrated. The house has undergone many deprivations and alterations over the centuries with major alterations in the 17th century. Its treasures are the rare linen fold panels that clothe the walls of the main parlor on the first floor. Linen fold panels were a late medieval design feature and can still be seen into the early 1500's which is the first date of Sutton House. The wooden panels, usually in oak, are timbered representations of the folds to be seen in linen and were a sign of wealth; the more complex the carved folds, and the more elaborate, the more they expressed the owner's taste. Unusually at Sutton House, several of the panels open up and reveal, beneath, wall paintings that illustrate the linen fold pattern. Were these painted first of all before the panels were installed or are they later additions?

Publications/Texts in Print:
Belcher, Victor et al. Sutton House: A Tudor Courtier's House in Hackney. Swindon: English Hertiage, 2004.

Howard, Maurice. The Early Tudor Country House: Architecture and Politics, 1490-1550. London: Hamlyn, 1987.

Murphy, Kevin. The Tudor Home. New York: Rizzoli, 2015.

Building Address:
2 and 4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, E9 6JQ

Significant Dates:
1982- Fell into derelict and became a squat house.
1987- Save Sutton House Campaigned to renovate the house.
1992- Renovated completed.
1994- House was opened to the public.

Georgian period, tudor style, courtier, 16th century, Sir Ralph Sadleir, National Trust, tudor mansion, brick

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