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Morning Prayers – August 1914

Abby Hall

Until the mid-1900s morning prayers were held for Suttons employees every day at 10.30am. These brief 10-minute services were conducted by local ministers and lay preachers and held in Abbey Hall – a Suttons building large enough to accommodate nearly 1,000 people. Attendance was not compulsory.

On 9th August 1914 a staff notice was put up advising that ‘owing to Abbey Hall being used as a recreation room for soldiers, prayers will be held in the new museum. Hope all will attend’.

By October 1915 the number of people attending prayers had declined. The partners decided that 10.30 am was not convenient enough time and prayers were moved earlier and held from 9.45 or 10 am.

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About Lis

Our Suttons Blog comes from Lis Wallace, Head of Customer Service here at Suttons since 2002. Living on the edge of Dartmoor Lis has a large and “somewhat tricky” garden split across several levels but with the bonus of a stream tumbling through and a large, fertile veg patch. Across the blog Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained over the years from her father, from working at Suttons and also from her own trial and error. Storm the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do!

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