HIGH STREET, SUTTON.
Sutton, or South Town, in Surrey, with downs adjoining those of Banstead and Epsom, is one of the most delightful places in Greater London, though its old-world charms have been somewhat marred by the modern villas and other buildings which have been erected to meet the requirements of City men who have been attracted to it by its invigorating air and picturesque scenery. The sign which spans the High Street, as shown in our view, is that of "The Cock, a famous old hostelry, which was one of the posting stations of the old Brighton stage-coaches, and is a very busy place during the Derby week, when thousands of people make their way by road to the Epsom racecourse. The very signs of such inns as "The Cock " and "The Greyhound" are evidence of the sporting proclivities of Sutton in past days.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896