Sutton Seeds Day School

Sutton Seeds was one of Reading’s “4Bs” of biscuits, beer, bulbs and bricks fame. The company, started by John Sutton in 1806 on the King’s Road soon became synonymous with Reading.  Buildings filled the a large part of the town centre, dominating the area. From the Forbury in the north to the King’s Road in the south and from Market Place in the west to almost the Abbey ruins in the east. Our aim is to explore the origins of the company. We will get to know those who were responsible for its subsequent success and why after more than 170 years in the town the business moved to Torquay.

To help us add context to the day, there will be a short walk after lunch. This will allow to explore the area covered by company buildings before its move to the trial grounds in 1962.

As numbers are limited for this Day School, pre-booking is required.


Sat 23 Sep


10:00 - 16:00

Tickets from

The Centre for Heritage & Family History


The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ


The Centre - Berkshire FHS


  • Dr Margaret Simons
    Dr Margaret Simons

    Dr Margaret Simons is a much respected local historian whose doctoral thesis (University of Reading) examined the public health and housing of the working classes in Reading from 1837 to 1939. She is a tutor at Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, Bracknell and Wokingham College and Workers’ Educational Organisation.

    Margaret is also a trustee of the Mills Archive Trust, secretary of Berkshire Record Society and sits on the committee of the Berkshire Local History Association.