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]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.



  • A public cemetery was established here before 1881.
  • MAT FASCIONE has a photograph of the Sutton on Trent Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the entrance gate to the Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.
  • Miss STEEL has a photograph of the lych gate on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.
  • All the grave stones in the churchyard were moved to the edges some years ago and the graveyard was leveled.


  • The parish was in the Kneesal sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 867
1861 R.G. 9 / 2475
1871 R.G. 10 / 3538
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710

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.
  • 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.

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 & 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.
You can see pictures of Sutton on Trent which are provided by:






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.



  • 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.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK800659 (Lat/Lon: 53.184192, -0.8043), Sutton on Trent which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Great War Bulletin for December 7, 1914 tells us that three men of Sutton-on-Trent had been appointed as "Special Constables" to assist the police force in the event of a German invasion: W. J. EVERTON, insurance agent; Thomas MARSHALLl, basket maker; James DYE, ex-Police sergeant.
  • The Great War Bulletin for April 19th, 1915 reveals the horrors of trench warfare as experienced by local lad: George BURGESS. On the same page is a report that Rueben HOLLINGWORTH from this parish had written his father about his escape from a burning guardhouse.
  • Inside the parish church there is an alabaster War Memorial panel with a crucifix from circa 1918.

Military Records

These are the men listed in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database:

  1. private William Gerald MOORE, Army Service Corps, died 4 Feb. 1917
  2. private Ernest Leopold WOODS, South Lancs Regt., died 20 April 1916

The names from the plaque in the church of the 24 men from the parish who died in WWI are:

  1. Brett, Noel H.
  2. Burgess, George N.
  3. Carpendale, Reuben
  4. Chambers, John
  5. Cobb, Charles
  6. Cobb, George W.
  7. Gill, Walter
  8. Gumsley, William
  9. Hall, Harry
  10. Hallam, William
  11. Hayes, James
  12. Hinchliff, Frank
  13. Johnson, J. Bernard
  14. Longmate, A. Gerald
  15. Moore, Gerald W.
  16. Pilkington, Ernest
  17. Riley, Frank
  18. Rogerson, H. Noel
  19. Selby, Frank Palmer
  20. Shipley, William
  21. Simpson, Cecil H.
  22. Taylor, W. Barron
  23. West, Arthur
  24. Woods, Ernest L.

Politics & 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.
  • You may contact the local Sutton-on-Trent parish council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT a resource for family history questions.
  • The parish currently operates as part of the Newark and Sherwood district.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard 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
1821 884
1841 1,112
1851 1,262
1871 1,056
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.