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More space for wedding guests as Sutton’s Register Office is revamped

Sutton’s Register Office is temporarily relocating to the Civic Offices for six months from Monday 2 October while building work is carried out.

The existing Register Office at the historic property known as Russettings, in Worcester Road, will be closed while a new marriage and conference facility is built. The new marriage room will provide space for more guests at wedding ceremonies. The room will also be used as a conference training venue for the council, reducing the need to hire external venues.

Statutory marriage ceremonies can take place within the Civic Offices for small parties (couple and witnesses only). For larger marriages, licenced venues within Sutton will be offered as an alternative to Russettings.

The Register Office at St Helier Hospital will also operate daily, Monday to Friday, for the registration of births and deaths. Russettings is a large house built in 1899 at 25 Worcester Road in the Arts and Crafts style.

It was originally occupied by George Smith and his wife Mary, who was the sister of local benefactor Thomas Wall. Features include gabled roofs, large chimneys, bay windows, a green copper dome and a porch with a tiled roof and marble floor.

The house became Sutton Register Office when the London Borough of Sutton was formed in 1965. It was last refurbished in 1994.

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