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All Saints church
Benhilton is located in Greater London
 Benhilton shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ 25 66
London borough Sutton
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SUTTON
Postcode district SM1 SM5
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Sutton
London Assembly Croydon and Sutton
List of places

Coordinates: 51°22′19″N 0°11′28″W / 51.372°N 0.191°W / 51.372; -0.191

Benhilton is a suburban parish in North Sutton.[1] It is dominated by All Saints Church, which is a Grade II* listed building[2][3] designed by Samuel Sanders Teulon in a Gothic Revival style[3] opened in 1863.[4] It also contains All Saints Benhilton, C of E Primary and Greenshaw High School.

Benhilton is mostly residential, comprising Victorian town houses, private blocks of flats and a low-rise council estate, which underwent major refurbishment and architectural improvements as part of an extensive programme of work from 2011 to 2013.

Weeping willow in Erskine Village

Benhilton is also home to the long established Thomas Wall Centre,[5] a large Edwardian building available for public use. Originally called The Sutton Adult School and Institute, it first opened in 1910 and 1911. Named after the area's benefactor of Wall's sausage and ice cream fame, the Centre runs a weekly programme of events, provides rooms for hire and hosts an onsite hypnotherapist.

Benhilton features its own small town centre, mainly serving the local community and complementing the nearby and much larger main Sutton town centre. Benhilton is well served by public transport, with bus routes 151, 154, 164, and 470 serving its outskirts[4] and the S1 and S4 serving the heart of the area.[6] In addition, Sutton Common railway station is within walking distance via the Angel Hill footbridge.

To the north of Benhilton is the small local neighbourhood of Erskine Village; its very small commercial area includes a convenience store, a pub, a pharmacy and a post office, among around ten establishments in total. The owner of the pharmacy, Reena Barai, was voted Britain’s Best Pharmacist by readers of Woman’s Weekly in 2014.[7]

Local geography[edit]

All Saints Church as seen from Sutton Green