Visitors to Sutton town centre can now enjoy a quick history lesson thanks to a new plaque.
The plaque, in Trinity Square, has been set up to explain stories behind a mosaic of historic images that has been in the town since 1994.
The mosaic, opposite the Waterstone’s bookshop, contains 19 intricate panels illustrating relevant stories in the town’s rich history, but many people did not know anything about each of the pictures.
The new panel explains each illustration in detail, including information about the people and places.
The centre panel of the mosaic shows Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace. Around this are heraldic beasts from the coats of arms of the local families of Carew, Gaynesford and Lumley – names that are still familiar to local people.
The mosaic also shows Honeywood Museum, Carshalton Church, Whitehall, The Cock Inn a Wandle mill used in the lavender and agricultural trade and the first iron railway which ran along the River Wandle.
Cllr Graham Tope, executive member for community safety, leisure and libraries, said: “This beautiful mosaic has been a much-loved feature of our High Street for the past 17 years, but unless you’re a historian the chances are you would not know what all of the intricate panels mean.
“I hope this plaque will encourage people to take a look, and for those already familiar with the mosaic, I hope it will help them to appreciate it even more.”
The mosaic was made by artists Rob Turner and Gary Drostle in 1994 and commissioned by Sutton Council and funded by Appledown Properties.