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Sutton-in-Holderness later Sutton-on-Hull arose on a high ridge of ground that stretches from Wawne and along the line of Wawne Road and Saltshouse Road going towards Bilton. This allowed settlements away from marshy ground.
St James the Great occupies the site of a church from 1160 CE. The present building dates from 1346. Sir John de Sutton is buried there in a tomb, in the armour worn in 1346 at the Battle of Crècy.
Relief for the poor of Sutton was part of the concern of Puritan Leonard Chamberlain, and such was in his will. He owned property in Sutton, Stoneferry and Selby. To this day the Leonard Chamberlain Trust owns property that offers subsidised alms housing without denominational limits. This Trust is managed in association with the Hull Unitarian Church in Park Street, Hull, the descendent of the Presbyterian Church. Leonard Chamberlain is buried at Rowley, west of Hull.
I moved to Sutton in 1964 from Hornsea as a result of the impending closure of the Hull and Hornsea line that gave swift travel from the coast. It intersected the ridge Sutton is on - it went through a cutting under and south of Church Street, to be back level with the land again at Tweendykes Road. Sutton Road bridge has a long approach up each side. The short termism of closure meant the loss of a commuter line, and this was the beginning of Sutton as a small suburb of Hull to be surrounded by housing estates. I remember riding on the train on a trip to my father's workplace at Spillers - the train went on the low level loop to Paragon Station.
The railway was opened on the 28th March 1864 and lasted until 19th October 1964 for passengers and the 3rd May 1965 for everything. The old ramp to Church street on the east side has been preserved as access to the landscaped area there now. The railway is a tarmac surfaced cycle track and the stationmaster's house was sold off. Cyclists have to deviate from the railbed route at Hornsea Bridge. Had some imagination been used this could have been a commuter railway, a bus road cutting out many bends or even a tramwayAnother map and details of a tramway idea with a continuation into Bransholme and a second branch along the old Foredyke Stream bed.
I also remember Sutton Fair near the closed station and being on a boat like swing to the sound of The Move and Fire Brigade. When my mother and father separated, my mother wanted to move away, so we left 25 Watson Street Sutton in 1985 and my mother and I went first to near Beverley Road and then near Chamberlain Road, before leaving for Derbyshire (and me for nearly a year in Manchester) before going to New Holland in 1994 and I subsequently came to 32 Chamberlain Close in 2010.
I used to go to the doctors' at Church Street near Leads Road. Now I have to go into Bransholme. I was here before Bransholme was built, and went with the next door neighbour to a farm off Leads Road to get milking churns full of milk. I attended Cubs for a short period at the Church Hall (school rooms). Also featured were the barber's and the fish and chip shop.  At Neasden School in Ings Road Estate we "twagged dinners" and came to the village for food, despite it being near home (both parents worked). So much has now 'shifted out' to the estates, but Sutton has a conservation ethos.


Adrian Worsfold

Pluralist - Liberal and Thoughtful