"Calverton is a considerable village and parish, pleasantly situated in a narrow valley, 7 miles north-north-east of Nottingham. It contains 1,427 inhabitants and 3,325 acres of land, enclosed in 1780, when upwards of 400 acres were allotted to the appropriator and 203 acres to the vicar, in lieu of tithes. The Duke of Newcastle, as lord of the manor, also received a small allotment. The principal owners are the Duke of Portland, Lady Catherine Sherbrooke, Thomas Redgate Esq. and Mr Joseph Potts, besides several smaller freeholders.
Sansom Wood is a large farm on the western side of the parish, belonging to and occupied by the Duke of Portland. Near it are several other forest farms of considerable extent. Calverton House is a handsome mansion, the property of Lady Sherbrooke. There are also several other neat houses in the village. Calverton Lodge, 1 mile north, is a neat farm house occupied by Mr Richard Franks. The Rev. William Lee, the inventor of the stocking frame, was born here, and there are now in the village upwards of 400 of these complicated pieces of machinery." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]