"Stanton-on-the-Wolds is a small parish consisting of about 25 scattered dwellings, near to the Melton Mowbray Road, and eight miles south south east of Nottingham. It has 177 inhabitants and 1,300 acres of land, of a sandy wet quality, but has recently been much improved by drainage and superior cultivation. This place was formerly the residence of the Parsons family, to whom the greater part of the lordship belonged, and it evidently bears marks of having at some remote period been a more considerable place than at present.
The church is a humble edifice, dedicated to All Saints. Throsby says, "it is below description and is of all others, within and without, the most despicable place I have ever beheld"; but since his time, it has been repewed and undergone other repairs. In the chancel are deposited the remains of Sir John Parsons, Bart., who was executed in London for forgery in 1704. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's books at £2 13s 4d, now enjoyed by the Rev. Thomas Smith. Sir R.H. Bromley is the patron. The poor have a house and three acres of land at Gedling. bequeathed in 1718 by the Rev. Thomas Ousley, and now let for £12 a year." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]