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Sutton House - A New Lease of Life

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Michael Leech on a Tudor revival in the East End

In the sixteenth century Hackney was a salubrious place where contemporary City gents lived in country houses. It remained a village until Victorian suburbs submerged it and tore out old roots. Sutton House, which dates from 1535 and which has just been opened to the public by the National Trust who have owned it since 1938, has been labelled as the oldest house in East London, yet not long ago other older buildings still stood in what must have been the Tunbridge Wells of Tudor times.


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