Our   Lodge   was   consecrated   in   1962   and   our   sponsor   was   Old   Sutton   Manor   Lodge   (No.   5550)   that   existed   until   2008;   all   of   our   founding members   came   from   that   Lodge.      Originally   we   were   a   London   Lodge,   but   Sutton   Court   transferred   to   Middlesex   Province   in   1979. As   the house   known   as   Sutton   Court   was   the   manor   house   of   the   old   Sutton   Manor,   it   seemed   to   be   the   natural   name   for   this   Lodge   when   it   was formed; indeed our sister Lodge took the name of the other mansion house in Chiswick, Stile Hall. Over   the   years,   Sutton   Court   Lodge   has   grown   to   become   a   very   friendly   and   welcoming   Lodge.      We   have   members   from   all   walks   of   life and   all   ages   (our   ‘senior’   member   is   over   100-years-old   and   has   been   a   Freemason   for   over   sixty   years!)   and   we   come   together   four   times a   year   in   a   spirit   of   true   masonic   fraternity.      At   Sutton   Court   Lodge   we   follow   Taylor’s   Ritual,   which   is   renowned   for   its   very   precise working, its unique floor work, its clear and descriptive language and the fullness of its ceremonial content. The masonic adage of “ Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part, Happy to Meet Again ” could easily have been written as Sutton Court’s motto!
Source: Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal 25 (2016)
H istory shows that there were originally two feudal estates or manors in Chiswick, London.  Sutton   manor   was   the   larger   of   Chiswick's   two   manors.   It   was   first   recorded   in   1181   and   known   as   Sutton   Court   by   1537.   During   the   14th and   15th   centuries   Sutton   manor   was   held   by   the   Crown.   King   Richard   II   built   a   house   on   Sutton   manor   in   1396.   Records   show   that   £928   12s 3d   was   spent   on   it,   using   timbers   from   the   temporary   parliament   building   in   Westminster. The   house   stood   within   a   moat   and   consisted   of   a   hall,   chapel,   two   chambers   with   two solars   above   and   a   cellar   beneath.   A   medieval   undercroft,   almost   certainly   belonging   to this   house,   was   discovered   in   1905   (at   the   time   it   was   thought   to   be   a   Roman   vault).   Henry IV   used   the   house   and   so   did   Henry   V   but   he   gave   orders   for   it   to   be   pulled   down   in   1415 and   the   building   material   taken   elsewhere.   However,   a   new   house   must   have   been   erected shortly   afterwards   since   Henry   VI   issued   state   papers   from   Chiswick   between   1441   and 1443. The   manor   house,   which   stood   on   the   corner   of   Sutton   Court   Road   with   Fauconberg   Road, had   a   gatehouse,   malthouse   and   farm   buildings   `all   in   decay'   in   1589   but   in   1674   was   described   as `fit   to   receive   a   family   of   40   or   50',   and   in   1691,   when   it   was   home   to   Earl   and   Countess Fauconberg    (she    was    the    daughter    of    Oliver    Cromwell),    was    noted    for    its    gardens    which contained    a    maze    and    a    bowling    green.   The    house    was    largely    rebuilt    about    1795    by    an undertenant   of   the   Duke   of   Devonshire,   who   was   now   its   owner.   In   1844   Frederick Tappenden   was keeping   a   boarding   school   there   and   the   house's   final   function   was   as   temporary   council   offices while   Chiswick   Town   Hall   was   being   enlarged   in   1900.   It   was   then   demolished   and   in   1905   the large blocks of flats called Sutton Court built in its grounds.
Map of Sutton Court in the 1720ís
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