Sutton House

Walk through the door of Sutton House, and you will step back in time almost 500 years to the age of the ‘Terrible Tudors’. This beautiful red brick building is the oldest house in Hackney. It was built in 1535 for Sir Ralph Sadleir, secretary of state for King Henry VIII. Inside the house you can see oak panelled rooms with hidden doors, original fireplaces and a real Tudor kitchen.

Where is it?

2-4 Homerton High Street, London (opposite the City Academy School)

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Good to know

There are baby-changing facilities in the loos, and a tea room next to a courtyard. The house runs fun interactive Tudor history sessions for schools.

Wow fact

Sutton House has what is probably London’s oldest loo! In Tudor times the ‘garderobe’ was also a place where people kept their clothes, because they thought the nasty smells would keep away fleas. Whether it worked or not, it must have made their clothes a bit stinky.

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Things to do

- Have a nosey around Hackney’s oldest house.
- Dress up like a Tudor.
- Explore the treasure chests to find out about Sutton House’s unusual residents.
- Play with the giant dice in the courtyard.

What we did: Year 4 Spruce, Rushmore Primary School

At Sutton House, we all became Tudors for the day! As part of our school tour with Gemma, we got dressed up in clothes from the time and pretended to be real Tudors. During the tour, we discovered the Tudor kitchen and learned about all the different people who had lived in the house through the ages. Afterwards we made some made paper dolls of ourselves with artists Emily and KJ to show how we would look if we lived in Tudor times.