Whitley Pump correspondents enjoying their garden

Whitley Pump correspondents enjoying their garden

On 23 March the Government published stricter guidance on staying at home and away from others that superseded the advice in place at the time of writing on 22 March.

Up on the hill at Whitley Pump HQ we have a little garden. We are mostly hunched over our computers or out in search of a scoop so we don’t get time to enjoy it or give it the TLC it deserves.

It copes fairly well on its own but yesterday we took some time out for a spring tidy up and it looks much better for it. We can see the spaces for planting this year now the weeds have been cleared away.

Suttons, the Readingas favourite plant and seed company, are currently trading and delivering as usual. Included in their range is the company and family history, Sutton Seeds A history 1806-2006, written by the Earley Local History Group.

Members of the Sutton family had their homes just along the road from the Whitley Pump. Cintra Lodge, home of Martin Hope Sutton (1815-1901) and Sutherlands, home of Arthur Warwick Sutton (1854-1925), have now been demolished. Hillside on Allcroft Road, where Leonard Goodhart Sutton (1863-1932) lived, is still standing and was listed grade II in 2005.


Update at 24 March

At this time Government advice to reduce the transmission of coronavirus is being constantly updated and you should consult the latest guidance on the Government’s coronavirus webpage.

  1. Suttons website & Sutton Seeds A History 1806-2006
  2. Historic England – listed buildings search
  3. Government advice on coronavirus