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Sutton on Trent

"Sutton-Upon-Trent is a large and well built village and parish, situated on the Great North Road, and on the west bank of the Trent, eight miles north of Newark. Its parish contains 1,273 inhabitants, and 2,450 acres of land, enclosed in 1803, when land was awarded to Sir Edward Hulse, the impropriator, and to the vicar in lieu of tithes. J.E. Denison Esq. is now the principal owner and lord of the manor, which anciently belonged to the Suttons, one of whose co-heiresses married Bertram Monboucher, who in the reign of Edward III claimed a market every Monday, and a fair for two days, on the eve and feast of St James the Apostle, but they have long been disused. There is a hiring for servants on May Day and Martinmas. Mr John Esam, Mr William Palmer, Mr Samuel Pennington, Mr James Buttery, Miss Elizabeth Downing and many others are small freeholders.
The church is a handsome structure, dedicated to All Saints, with a tower and five bells. It formerly had a slender spire, which was taken down a few years ago. It is a vicarage, valued in the King's books at £5 6s 8d, now £290. The Rev. Richard Thompson is the incumbent and patron, having purchased the next presentation from the Hulse family." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • A public cemetery was established here before 1881.


  • The parish was in the Kneesal sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 867
1861 R.G. 9 / 2475
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Sutton on Trent area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • There was a Saxon church here, listed in the 1086 Domesday Book, but all traces have disappeared.
  • The core of the church was built in the 13th century.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was repaired in 1848.
  • The church tower was repaired in 1902-03.
  • The church seats 350.
  • The church is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • All the grave stones in the churchyard were moved to the edges some years ago and the graveyard was levelled.
  • The church has its own website with photographs and a brief history.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2010.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the church tower on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.
  • Miss STEEL has a photograph of the lych gate on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1584 and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Collingham.
  • The Baptists built a chapel here in 1818.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1841.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1878.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Kneesal sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Sutton-on-Trent is a large village and a parish on the bank of the River Trent. The parish is 8 miles north-west of Newark and 128 miles north of London The parish covers 2,930 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A612 arterial road out of Nottingham. This road runs right through the village of Lowdham.
  • Check the Carlberry site for Bus service.
  • There is still a railway station at Lowdham, but the webpage author is unsure if passenger service is still available.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Sutton on Trent has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Sutton on Trent to another place.


  • This village was formerly a market town, but the market was long disused.
  • The village held a feast on the first of November each year. You can join them this year after visiting Sutton Village Festival.
  • Sutton Mill was a stone tower windmill built in 1825. It has since been converted to a house.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the windmill on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2005.
  • Around 1900 the parish was known for its basket making.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Flood History of the village on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.

Military History

  • Inside the church there is an alabaster War Memorial panel with a crucifix from circa 1918.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Thurgarton Hundred (Wapentake) in the northern division of the county.
  • The parish currently operates as part of the Newark and Sherwood district .

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be herad in the Newark petty session hearings.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1803.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


Year Population
1801 614
1811 731
1841 1,112
1851 1,262
1881 966
1891 969
1901 873


  • A Board School was leased from the Church School Trustees. The school was endowed in 1816 with £120 by Mrs. Mary SPRIGG.
  • An Education Committee was formed of six people in 1903.