"Barton-under-Needwood is a large and well built village, nearly five miles SW by S of Burton-upon-Trent, comprising within its extensive township and chapelry (to Tatenhill parish) a large portion of the enclosed Needwood Forest, many scattered farmsteads, several handsome villas, and a fine tract of pasture land, extending along the western bank of the Trent. In Domesday book it is called Bertune, and described as the property of the crown. Lady Horton is lord of the manor, but a greater part of the soil belongs to the trustees of the late Charles Arkwright, Esq, John Levett, Richard F Butler, CW Lyon, LK Hall, & JC Fowler, Esqrs., and some smaller owners.
Barton Hall, a neat modern mansion, is the seat of LK Hall, Esq. Yewtree House, the ancient seat of the Sanders family, was rebuilt in the Gothic style in 1833, and is now called Nuttall House, and occupied by JC Fowler, Esq. Newbold Manor, one mile E of Barton, is occupied by a farmer, and near it are several saline springs, which have such an effect on the pastures, as to change the colour of the cattle that graze on them from a black, red, or brown, to a whitish dun.
About a mile E of the village is the hamlet of Barton Turning, on the Trent and Mersey canal, where there is a railway station, and a little further to the east, a handsome bridge, of stone and iron, was erected about 20 years ago across the River Trent. The ferry, which had crossed the river to Walton, in Derbyshire, was often difficult and dangerous. Barton cattle fairs are held on May 3rd and November 28th, and the wake on the first Sunday in August."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]