White's 'Directory of Lincolnshire,' 1853
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. The church has just been repewed and beautified, and from 70 to 80 additional seats obtained, at a cost of £200, raised by donations and subscriptions. The Wesleyans have a chapel, built in 1821, to which a Sunday School rrom was added in 1838. The Baptist chapel was built in 1811, to which was added, in 1846, a small cemetery, the land for which purpose was given by Mr George Bassett, but it is in a sadly neglected state. An Independent chapel was built in 1841.
A steam engine of 24 horse power was erected here in 1837 by Mr William Hutchinson, for seed crushing and manufacturing patent oil cake, said to be superior for feeding cattle to any in the kingdom, and also to be used as a bone crushing mill for manure. The Carlton steam corn mill stands within this parish.
The school is endowed with the interest of £120, left in 1816 by Mary Sprigg. Hobb Close, purchased with poor's money, is now let for £5 5s yearly, which is given to poor widows. The indigent parishioners have five tons of coals yearly, from the owner of Ling-wong and Cold-moor closes, pursuant to the will of John Smith, dated 1581. There is a lodge belonging to the Foresters, and several other friendly societies. The Great Northern Railway crosses the turnpike road in this parish, but there is no station here.
[Transcribed by Clive Henly]