Object of the Month

September Object of the Month: Whitehall’s blueprint

In celebration of Open House London, at Whitehall this month we are showcasing images, plans and models of local buildings connected with the architect and historian Charles Marshall from Sutton Council’s collection.  

Our key objects, which are on display alongside paintings of the Lumley Chapel and a model of the Old Cottage at Cheam Library, are these annotated drawings made by Marshall of Whitehall when it was still a private residence.

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They show the footprint of the listed Tudor building when the majority of rooms were used as bedrooms and there was a dairy on the ground floor.  These detailed drawings are evidence of Marshall’s enthusiasm for architecture and history, which benefited the local area in many different ways, as our display demonstrates.

Born in Pimlico, London in 1859, Marshall was an architect by profession. He trained in the office of Sir Ernest Berry, whose father, Sir Charles Berry, designed the Houses of Parliament. When Ernest Berry died, the students were given an opportunity of taking whatever drawings they wished, and Marshall chose those of the House of Commons. When the building was damaged by enemy action in 1941 he donated the plans to the Office of Works so that the building could be restored in its original form.

Around 1896 Marshall moved to Sutton: his first house was in Camborne Road and later moved to a house in Burdon Lane, which he had designed himself. He was a Cheam Parish Councillor and was instrumental in the setting up of a Cheam Fire Brigade.  At the end of World War One he designed the memorial which stands in front of the library.

An avid local historian, he was President of the Carshalton, Beddington and Wallington Archaeological Society which still exists today and gave lectures on local history. In collaboration with Maud Roberts-West, he wrote History of the Village of Cheam, later revised and reappearing as History of Sutton and Cheam.

As well as being involved in the preservation of the Lumley Chapel, Marshall also helped save the Old Cottage when it was moved to allow for the widening of The Broadway.  In 1923 discovered a medieval pottery kiln and a large quantity of pottery in Parkside and produced detailed drawings of the finds.

Our temporary display, which runs until the end of September, is free to visit and open during at Cheam Library, Church Road, Cheam SM3 8QH during opening hours:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 9:30am – 7pm
Wednesday: 9:30am – 5pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 6pm
Friday: 9:30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 5pm
Sunday: closed

To find out more about Open House please see the following link: http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/ 

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