This message is from Growing Sudley CiC

Do you enjoy local history, researching, and digging up stories?Does your family have a connection to the original walled garden?Do you have old photographs of the Sudley Estate?Did you use the changing rooms?Do you know Ray B ’74 from the graffiti on this old photograph of the Changing Rooms?
This Spring, as part of our development of the old changing rooms (formerly the Estate’s animal husbandry building) into a Therapy and Wellbeing Centre, we are embarking on a National Lottery Heritage Fund project to find out more about the park’s past, of which little is documented. The project will delve into the past of the greenspace at Sudley throughout its life, including the development of the walled garden as an ornamental showcase for the colonialist botanical acquisitions of the Holt family of shipping merchants.

If you have memories or information about the walled garden, the park surrounding it, or the changing rooms building, or if you or family members have photographs of the building, greenspace or even the cutting-edge glasshouses that fell down in the 70s and 80s, we’d love to hear from you!  If you have any stories or photographs to share please get in touch with us at
Interested in Becoming a History Detective?

For those who want to dig a little deeper, we’re inviting you to join our group of volunteer history detectives to help us research the history of the garden and changing rooms.  The group will explore various archive locations connected to the Sudley Estate and the Holt family, and help create a new record of the Estate’s past.
The group will meet weekly on Thursdays from 1-4pm, at various locations around the city, from 21 March – 9 May inclusive.  If you are interested in participating, please complete this sign-up form by 8 March 2024. 
Please share this email with any friends, family members or organisations who you think may have a connection to Sudley Estate.  We’re looking forward to seeing what’s unearthed!