Alexander Sutton

The Suttons Sons

At the outbreak of WW1 Leonard Goodhart Sutton was at the helm of Suttons & Sons and with 5 sons and 1 daughter he must have felt that his lineage was secure. Sadly this was not to be.

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Poinsettia – the Christmas Plant

Love them or hate them Poinsettia plants are now as integral to Christmas as the wreath on the door and the crackers on the dinner table.

Native to Mexico and Central America Poinsettias were considered by the Aztecs to be a symbol of purity and used them for dye and in medicines. They were introduced to the US in 1828 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Minister to Mexico. The anniversary of Joel’s death on 12th December is today known and celebrated in the US as Poinsettia Day.

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Memorial Plaque

In Memory

A plaque honouring the 23 Suttons employees who fought and died for their country during WW1 was erected in the Suttons Abbey Hall building. During WW1 Abbey Hall was turned into a Recreation Hall for soldiers passing through Reading.

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Autumn Leaves

I love the fitful gusts that shakes
The casement all the day
And from the mossy elm tree takes
The faded leaf away
Twirling it by the window-pane
With a thousand others down the lane
John Clare

Although the task of clearing leaves may not be amongst the top 10 favourite gardening jobs it is necessary. Left on the lawn leaves will cause the grass to turn yellow and if left laying thickly on beds and borders will choke plants and cause them to rot. You don’t want them in the pond either as the leaves will rot, creating poisonous gases so it’s best to drape netting over the pond for protection.

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My Garden Diary. – Reminders for November 1914


The Vegetable seeds to be sown this month are few, and although success depends on the character of the season, it is advisable to risk, on dry soil, a small breadth of a hardy Pea such as Sutton’s Bountiful, and a few rows of Broad Bean.

Where ample warmth can be depended on, sow Cucumber for first crop in houses or pits : the plants must be kept near the glass to ensure sufficient light. Melon can be started also, but there is a risk of the fruit being deficient in flavour, and unless the appliances are reliable it is wise to wait till after Christmas. Mustard and Cress must be sown weekly. Should Lettuce run short, sow in boxes and cut the young plant in the same way as Mustard. Sow Carrot in a frame, and repeat the sowing every three or four weeks until February. Sow Cucumber again.

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