[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"SUTTON ON HULL, (or Sutton in Holderness) a parish in the wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 3 miles NNE. of Hull, is a very pleasant village, and one of the country retreats of the merchants and gentry of Hull. The church, dedicated to St. James, is an ancient structure, of which H. Broadley, Esq. is the patron, and the Rev. J. G. Davies is the incumbent curate. Pop. with Stone Ferry, 3658.
The church of Sutton was anciently collegiate, and valued at 13L. 18s. 9d. but dissolved long before Bacon's time, who says, "no such college now." It appears also to have at sometime been a chapel to Waghan; Sir John Sutton, Patron, granted it for the sustenation of six chaplains to say Mass for the King and Queen and himself, his wife, and their souls, when dead: so all the tithes of this place were appropriated to that use.
About the centre of the village is an hospital erected in pursuance of the will of Mr. Leonard Chamberlain, late of this place, for the comfort of eight poor widows, and two widowers, who have each the benefit of a good house and garden, and 3s. per week, this hospital was re-built in 1800, by the trustees of the charity. Near to the above mentioned alms-house, also stands another built chiefly of stone, for the reception of the poor widows and daughters of deceased clergymen, built in 1819, by the trustees of Mrs. Watson late of this place.
In the reign of Edward I. a house for Carmelites or White Friars, was founded here. --Burton."
"CASTLE HILL, in the parish of Sutton on Hull, wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 1¼ miles NNE. of Sutton on Hull, 4 miles NE. of Hull. Tradition says that a castle once stood on this hill, of which, however, not a vestige is to be seen at present."
"STONE FERRY, a hamlet in the parish of Sutton on Hull, wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 1 mile SW. of Sutton on Hull, 2 miles N. of Hull. Here is a small Methodist chapel, built in 1821, also an almshouse for the comfort of seven poor widows, or old maids, with the annual allowance of £13. each, established in pursuance of the will (dated 1720) of Ann Waters, late of this place, who also bequeathed £5., annually for the instruction of ten poor girls in reading, writing, and needlework, which is performed by one of the old women in the almshouse, who receives the benefit. Population included with Sutton."
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]