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Sutton-on-Trent is a large village and parish in Nottinghamshire, situated on the Great North Road, and on the west bank of the River Trent.

The village contains 2,450 acres of land and according to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,327,[1] increasing marginally to 1,331 at the 2011 census.[2]

It is located 8 miles north of Newark-on-Trent, which takes approximately 20 minutes to reach by car, and 10 miles south of Retford, which takes approximately 22 minutes to reach by car.

Sutton Mill was a stone-built tower windmill, built in 1825[citation needed]. It was owned by the Bingham family of Grassthorpe from the 1860s until 1984. The four-storey tower has been converted to a house.[3]


Dredging of the river has revealed fossilized mammoth's teeth and tusks, Roman and Anglo Saxon pottery.[4] The town is mentioned in the Domesday Book and a Norman church was built in the 13th Century.

Oliver Sutton, Bishop of Lincoln from 1280 to 1299, was from the Sutton branch of the influential Lexington family on his mother's side. He was an unusually popular bishop and officiated at the funeral of Queen Eleanor in 1290.[5]

In May 1686 the manor and lordship of Sutton-on-Trent were sold to Richard Levett, later Lord Mayor of London, and his wife Mary.[6][7]

In Far Holme Lane can be found the Old Manse and the Old Chapel - these are the remnants of the small Particular Baptist church that existed here from 1822 to the 1900s. Although some Baptist historical writing suggests that the church was founded by Alexander Jamieson with the support of the wealthy Haldane brothers of Glasgow in the period 1800-1810, there is fairly convincing evidence that it was actually 'planted' by the Collingham Baptist congregation under William Nichols. George Pope may then have become its own minister - before himself moving to Collingham. Nichols was active in the village as early as 1809. Nichols wrote an obituary of a Sutton woman in the Baptist Magazine, volume 7, 1815, which provides one of the few accounts of the life of an ordinary Sutton on Trent woman that we have and so is worth repeating verbatim:

JANE RICHARDSON of Sutton on Trent, near Newark, who died January 23d, 1815, aged 81 years.

On our first going to Sutton, to preach the gospel, in 1809, this old disciple was made known to us. She then expressed to me the joy and pleasure it afforded her that the gospel was brought to that wicked village —" Here I have been, like a poor speckled bird, ever since I came to it, shut out from hearing the word, which I had enjoyed in my former situation, though I had then to walk five miles on the Lord's day, and often to wade to the knees in water, but I found the word sweet to my soul, which made amends for all my trouble of getting to the house of God. O! how I have lamented the loss of those means of grace ; but I hope that Lord has not left me; and now I pray that the preaching here may be blessed to my soul, and to my neighbours, who are dead in trespasses and sins, though they know it not."

When she understood we were of the Baptist denomination, she said, "I wish they were not, for I cannot see any necessity for our being dipped, besides, if it should be the right way l am too old now. She, however, began to read the New Testament with a spirit of inquiry, and while thus engaged, she found that Jesus was baptized- That he ordered his apostles to baptize as well as preach, and that this was to be extended to by all succeeding ministers, to the end of the world. One morning, after having been reading thus, she hastened to a neighbour, with her bible in her hand, to whom she said, " Well, neighbour, I believe Baptism is right, and if it please the Lord to give me strength, I will be baptized, old as I am." Her neighbour replied —" I don't believe it, I won't believe it, nor would I have you trouble your head about it —I don't like this baptism, for my part."—' Well, neighbour, but if Jesus Christ has commanded us to follow his example, saying, thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness," as you see it is here in the third chapter of Matthew, and the fifteenth verse —I think we ought. I shall, therefore, offer myself for baptism, if it please the Lord to spare me." This she did in the spirit of love to her Lord and Saviour without delay—On the 7th of April, 1811, the day appointed for her to relate her Christian experience to the church, at Collingham, previous to her being baptized, she rose early in the morning to walk thither, a distance of three miles. Her aged husband offered to go with her, but she replied, you need not do that, the Lord will go with me ; accordingly she tied a small bundle of cloths to her side, took her two sticks, and arrived by eight o'clock.

No sooner had she taken some refreshment, than she began to sing a hymn. I said, "well my friend you appear to have got here better than one could expect at your time of life. "O yes," she replied, " and my heart is full of joy; and I believe the Lord will carry me through the duties before me this day." She gave in her experience before the church with great composure, and went through the ordinance of baptism with great courage. On leaving us, to return in the evening, she said, at parting, "blessed be my God and Saviour for this day." Thus, like the eunuch, she went on her way rejoicing. She afterwards met with persecution from the ungodly around her, but in the general, she was carried above it, rejoicing that she was accounted worthy to Suffer shame for Christ's sake. Her attendance on the means of grace was uniform and serious ; she appeared to find the word of God and eat it, and it was the joy and rejoicing of her soul.

When certain professors tried to draw her aside, and poison her mind, she would either turn a deaf ear, or reply, "O let us be thankful for the gospel which God has sent among an unworthy people." And in reference to those attempts, she said to a friend a few days before she died, "Blessed be God, they never moved me at all."

When confined by her last illness, being visited by a Christian friend, who asked her whether he should pray for her recovery, she replied, "Pray that the Lord's will may be done concerning me, I desire not anything contrary to his will, life or death." And thus she departed, committing herself into the hands of Christ, knowing in whom she had believed, and being fully persuaded he was able to keep that she had committed to him against that day.

Although the Baptist denomination has long since ceased to be active in the village, an interesting coincidence is that the present (2018) residents of the old chapel were actually married in a Baptist church.

In 1870-1872,[8] Sutton on Trent was described as:

A village and a parish in Southwell district, Notts. The village stands 1½ mile N by E of Carlton r. station, and 8 N of Newark; was once a market-town; is a polling place; and has a post-office under Newark. The parish comprises 2,930 acres. Real property, £6,753. Pop. in 1851, 1,262; in 1861, 1,147. Houses, 281. The manor belongs to the Right Hon. J. E. Denison. There are corn mills. The living. is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £280. Patron, Rev.Graystone. The church was repaired in 1848. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, and Wesleyans, a slightly endowed school, and charities £5.[9]

A Board School was leased from the Church School Trustees and endowed in 1816, and Sutton Mill a stone tower windmill built in 1825, (It is now a residence) and by 1900 the area was known for its basket making. A feastival is still held on the first of November each year.[10][11]


The village has one pub, The Lord Nelson on Main Street, which is independently owned and operated by a local family. The pub has a mixed use room at the front which is often used for live music, and a restaurant at the rear. The pub also has several en-suite rooms available. The village has a busy Doctor's surgery (Hounsfield Surgery), which has 3 resident GP's, 2 nurses and visiting midwives. There is a well-stocked Co-op on High Street and two independent butchers, one on Main Street and Hadley's on Great North Road.

The library has recently moved into the Methodist Church which hosts coffee mornings one Saturday per month. The Sutton on Trent Sports Club on Grassthorpe Road has recently had a full renovation (2019) and is perfect for events. The small village hall on the Crow Park estate (Snell Road) has a pop-up Post Office on limited days and times. A new Community Centre is planned to be built at the back of the new estate, currently being built off Grassthorpe Road, this estate will also house a new shop and additional parking for the GP surgery.

The village also has 2 hairdressing salons; Helen's Hairdressing and The Box, a retired Greyhound sanctuary on Great North Road and a fuel station. Marshall's Bus Company (Marshall's of Sutton on Trent) are based in the village and a large employer, having 2 sites - one for buses and one for coaches. Marshall's operate several regular routes around the Newark area and also provide a Retford - Newark bus service which passes through the village.

There is an Industrial Estate on the north side of the village, containing several small units and some other large local employers are Mercia Garden Products, Project Timber, both in Sutton on Trent, JG Pears, in High Marnham, which is 2 miles away and Caledonian Modular in Carlton on Trent, which is 1.5 miles away.


Every year a festival is held, normally on the first weekend in September. The festival is organised by the Festival Committee with local businesses and residents working together to put on a great festival. Normally the event consists of classic cars, a steam rally, morris dancing, dog agility, music by local bands and artists, food and drink. The bar is supplied and operated by The Lord Nelson pub. The festival field and parking field are kindly loaned by the Marshall family.


As an extremely active village, there are many clubs and organisations which meet in the village: Morris Dancing Club; Sutton on Trent Cycling Club; Bridge Club; The W.I.; Sutton on Trent History Club; Slimming World; U11 Football Club.

Unity Magazine[edit]

A monthly magazine is published which covers the villages of Sutton on Trent, Carlton on Trent, Weston, Grassthorpe and Normanton on Trent. The magazine has remained at 50p per edition for many years and is a great source of local information.


Sutton on Trent has two churches; All Saint's Church on Church Street is part of The Beck and Trent Benefice (Church of England) *All Saints' Church, Sutton-on-Trent and Sutton on Trent Methodist Church on High Street, which is part of Newark and Southwell Methodist. Both churches are active within the village and have regular services.


Sutton on Trent Primary School is state school feeding into Tuxford Academy. It is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council. There is a board of governors and has a Breakfast and After School Club.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Area: Sutton-on-Trent CP (Parish)"
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National statistics. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  3. ^ Shaw, T. (1995). Windmills of Nottinghamshire. Page 37. Nottingham: Nottinghamshire County Council. ISBN 0-900986-12-3
  4. ^ Domesday Book Reloaded, at
  5. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Oliver Sutton, accessed 4 June 2019
  6. ^ Catalogue of Denison Estate Papers in the Denison Collection, University of Notthingham,
  7. ^ The Home Counties Magazine: Devoted to the Topography of London, Middlesex, Essex, Herts, Bucks, Berks, Surrey and Kent, Vol. X, W. Paley Baildon (ed.), Reynell & Son, London, 1908
  8. ^ Sutton on Trent Nottinghamshire - at A Vision of Britain through Time.
  9. ^ John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales.
  10. ^ Sutton on Trent, at GenUK.
  11. ^ Cornelius Brown, A History of Nottinghamshire, (1896).

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