"Kneeton, or Kneveton, is a small village and parish, occupying a commanding situation upon a lofy precipitous cliff on the south side of the Trent, 8 miles south-west of Newark. It contains 169 inhabitants and 990 acres of land, all belonging to the Earl of Caernarvon, except about 140 acres. A great part of the manor was given to Welbeck Abbey, but in the reign of Edward VI it was held of the King in capite by Sir Edward Molyneux, whose descendants resided here for many generations. The family mansion, however, was taken down in 1781, when their estates passed with their sole heiress to the Late Lord Howard, whose daughter, the Hon. Henrietta Howard Molyneux, was married in 1830 to Lord Porchester. Lord Caernarvon is lord of the manor, and patron of the living, which is valued in the King's books at £4 9s 4d (now £58), but has received three augmentations from Queen Anne's Bounty, two of which have been laid out in land, and the third, £400, is still in the augmentation office. The Rev. Richard R. Rawlins is the incumbent.
The church is a small fabric, with a tower and three bells, and contains several ancient monuments of the Story family. The view in the vicinity are beautiful and extensive, including a considerable portion of the picturesque vales of the Trent and Belvoir."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]