Former home of the Sutton Dwellings estate manager; now used as estate office. As E. M. Phillips, who moved into the estate with her parents in 1925, explains, “It had been laid down by the Trustees that every tenant should be able to pay their rent at a point within walking distance of their home. This was a very sensible plan for few tenants had bank accounts in those days; some might have found the business of writing a letter of addressing an envelope difficult; and there was always the possibility of money going astray. So it became the norm to have an office on every estate, together with an estate manager of there were over 225 flats and an estate forman when there were 225 or fewer flats” (30). Right: Refurbished stairway with concrete and brick stairs and brick walls.

Left: Storage lockers formerly used for barrows and other tools of Sutton Dwellings residents: “There were . . . 63 sheds for the storage of prams and barrows” (16). Right: Outer doors to two flats.

Left: Storage lockers for prams. Right: Extension ladder fire escape..

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