Sutton: Stone Bird Statues – Beech Tree Place (London)

 

Beech Tree Place was built in the 1950’s (when Sutton was still part of Surrey), and today consists of 20 self-contained flats, designed as a ‘Sheltered Housing’ complex for people 60 years and over. Beech Tree Place is a cul-de-sac just off St Nicholas Way- not far from Sutton High Street. What is unusual, is that there are two large stone statues of birds sat on plinths attached to the walls of two flats. I could not find any information about these two statues regarding interesting architecture in the Sutton area. My partner – Gee – thinks they are probably birds of prey – possibly falcons.

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The official Sutton Council PDF reads in-part:

‘Beechtree Place was built in the early 1950’s. It consists of 20 flats. There are 3 separate blocks each gated for additional security. The first block No’s 5-8 are two bedroom flats with one main entry door; they have a back door, which leads through to a communal garden.
The remaining flats are on the ground or 1st floor, of these, 5 are studio flats. All the properties have single glazed windows, wellfitted kitchens and storage heating. All have access to gardens and an outdoor drying area.

Beechtree Place is situated in a very convenient position at the back of Sutton High Street. The Borough Civic Offices are 5 minutes away, as are buses. Doctors, chemists and supermarkets are all within easy walking distance. Beechtree Place shares a community hall, which is situated at Thomas Wall Close, Robin Hood Lane (5 minutes away).

All dwellings are fitted with a Community Alarm System, with twoway speech module, that enables you to summon assistance, and speak to the two Sheltered Housing Officers, or the Call Centre.’

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