The Local History group is now meeting at St John's Church rooms, Old Chester Road, Great Sutton on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 11.30am.
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In September 2019 Gloria gave a talk on the History of Associated Octel with material contributed from Monica who had been an employee of the Company. The source of the talk was a celebratory magazine going back to Octel arriving in Ellesmere Port and its earlier origins. As with Shell and other companies Octel was once a major industry in the area. There was time for members contributions and the usual contrasts with then and now which enliven many of our meetings
In October, Tony Walsh spoke of the Stanley family, their connections to the Wirral area, the Catholic church, Puddington and Hooton Hall. There is much more to look at under this topic and we shall be visiting StMary’s of the Angels in November which also has links to the Stanley Family.
The November 2019 meeting took place at the Roman Catholic church of St.Mary of the Angels, Hooton. We were guided around the church by Catherine Jones who gave us the history of the building and its links to the Stanley family. The foundation stone was set in 1878 with the church opening in 1879. Sir John Stanley Etherington, the last male in the Stanley family lineage, provided the land for the church, cemetery and four cottages. The church is now a listed building and another architectural gem of the area. Inside you can see panels of the Evangelists, a rose window and stained glass by Mayer. The churchyard contains the grave of a World War 1 air force officer. The painting was by Joan Lightbound
We held our annual Christmas buffet at StJohn’s Great Sutton in December. 2019
The Group Convenor gave a talk on local villages in January 2020. Taking information from the 1819 travels of George Ormerod, a treasure trove of material, we get a different view of the past. These are his thoughts on Little Sutton, “The present appearance of this township is destitute of anything to attract the eye or excite the curiosity of the traveller. “He applied the same thoughts to Great Sutton but admitted the places were more important in the past due to links to the abbot of St Werburgs in Chester.
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