Now one Town, heretofore two. Sudton, is the same with South-Town, and Boniton, probably, was called so from Reeds growing thereabouts, for such like Signification Bon, or Bun, hath in the Saxon. The Book of Doomsday shows them to be
diversely shared, both at that Time, and before; and that Harold had in Sudton three
Manors, which paid the Geld as a Caruc. and Half (though) the Land was (but) one
Carucat; (which) after the Conquest Hugh, Earl of Chester had, Robert Fitz-William
held it of him, and there had one Car. and an Half, three Sochm. six Vill. having three
Car. and an Half, one Mill, 20s. fifteen Acres of Meadow. In the Confessor's Time
and then valued at 40s. having Soc in Normanton. (fn. 1) In Boniton likewise, Harold had
a Manor rated to the Dane-tax, or Geld, as six Bovats. The Land was two Car. there
Robert the Man (or Tenant) of the said Earl Hugh, had three Sochm. five Vill.
having two Car. and an Half, there was ten Acres of Meadow, in King Edward the
Confessor's Time, and then also valued at 20s.
In Sudton likewise, Stori named before in Normanton, had a Manor in the Saxon
Times, rated to the public Payment for Half a Car. The Land was twelve Bovats.
When the Conqueror's Survey was made, there was one Plow, or Carucat. There R.
Earl of Moriton had three Carucats, three Sochm. in his Demesne, and five Acres of
Meadow. This in the Time of King Edward the Confessor, was valued at 3s. then
In Sutone also of the Taynland, was a Manor, which Leuvord had before the Conquest, rated to the Tax at three Bov. afterwards Siuvard held it of the King. Another
Coleman had rated to the Geld at one Bovat and an Half. Of the Taynland also in
Boniton, there was Soc to Normentune, as much as was rated at one Bovat and an Half
to the Geld. The Land, Half a Carucat. There were five Vill. with one Car. and
three Acr. of Meadow. In the Time of King Edward the Confessor, and then valued
Soc to Lech of the Fee of Henry de Ferrariis, Siuvard had also in Boniton, which
paid to the Tax, as one Bov. and an Half. The Land was four Bovats. There three
Vill. had one Car. and an Half, and three Acr. of Meadow: This continued the old
Robert Patric paid two Marks for one Knight's Fee in Bonington, in the Time of
King H. 3. (fn. 2) and after I find William Patric offered himself against Nicholas
de Segrave, (fn. 3) concerning his Presentation to the Church of Bonington, then void and
in his Gift. The Advowson of the Church went with the Family of Segrave, as Thorp,
in this Wapentake, did to the Family of Mowbray, and so to that of Barkley, with
which it continues. Elizabeth, Duchess of Norfolk, (fn. 4) recovered the Advowson of the
Church of Sutton-Bonington, upon a Quare impedit, 13 H. 7. against Sir Henry Collet,
Knight, William Stokes, Clerk, together with Thomas, Archbishop of York.
The Manor of Bonyngton was, by Fine, 5 E. 2. (fn. 5) settled on Ralph de Crophill, and
Maud his Wife, and the Heirs which he should beget on the Body of Maud; the Remainder to Thomas, Son of the said Raph, and the Heirs of his Body, remaining to
the right Heirs of Raph. The Jury, 12 E. 2. found it not to the King's Loss, if he
granted to Raph de Crophull, (fn. 6) and his Heirs for ever, to inclose the Way, which led
from the Church of Sutton-upon-Sore, to the Church of Boniton, on the West Part of
both Towns, to enlarge his Dwelling. Raph de Crophull had View of Frank-Pledge
in Bonington and Sutton, granted, (fn. 7) 1 E. 3. and free Warren in Bonington and Tireswell,
in this County, in Hemington and Braundeston, in Leicestershire, and in Downesby, in Lincolnshire.
Raph de Crophill Chr. complained, 3 E. 3. (fn. 8) against Henry de Grendon, and William de Grindon, Parson of Babworth, that when as Robert de Grendon had enfeoffed
the said Raph, and given him Seisin of the Manor of Bonington; and the said Henry
afterwards, by his Writing released all his Right and Claim therein to the said Raph,
who commanded the said Writing to be read and pronounced by John le Palmer, they
said Henry and William, upon Monday next after the Feast of the Nativity of the blessed Mary, in the twenty-eighth Year of the Reign of King E. 1. at Bonington, did by
Force take it out of his Hand, and bruised the Seal, and broke the Writing, for which
the Jury gave the said Raph two Hundred Marks for his Damage. The (fn. 9) Grendons
brought a Writ of Error, but no Error was found.
Maud Countess of Ulster, by Fine, 16 E. 3. (fn. 10) settled six Mess. three Bov. of Land,
13l. 6s. 4d. Rent in Sutton-upon-Sore, Southclifton, and Spaldforth, upon Tho. Cok, and
Isabel his Wife, and the Heirs of Thomas, after the Decease of Maud, who had been
Wife of Robert de Ekleshale, and who held them for her Life.
The Manor of Bonington was, by Fine, 28 E. 3. (fn. 11) settled on John de Verdon, and
Matilda his Wife, and the Heirs males of the Body of Matilda, begotten by the said
John; and for Default of such Issue, to John de Crophull, Knight, and the Heirs of
his Body, the Remainder to Nicholas de Crophull, Knight, and his Heirs.
There was a Fine levied at Nottingham, in the fourteenth Year of King John's
Reign, (fn. 12) between Emma, who had been the Wife of William de Sutton, and Galfr.
the Son of William, of the third Part of ten Bovats of Land, with the Appurtenances,
Jordan de Sutton (fn. 13) (in Ashfield) who held several Lands in Darbyshire, and at Suttonin-Ashfield, and other Places in this County, is certified to have held of Richard de Morley 24s. of yearly Rent in Sutton-upon-Sore, and Bonington by Scutage, when it happened;
and that John his Son and Heir was seventeen Years old and more, 16 E. 1. as in
Sutton-in-Ashfield will also be noted.
The Freeholders of Richard de Sutton, held Half a Knight's Fee in Sutton-Bonington, Kynston, and Normanton, and paid 20s. for it, 22 E. 3. (fn. 14) towards the Aid, to make
the King's eldest Son a Knight.
Anno Dom. 1282, 11 E. 1. Henry Son of Raph Gerald, and Alexandra his Wife
(Daughter of Thomas Basset) released John Basset of Bonington, &c. Anno 1299,
William Son of John de Bonyton, released Alice, who had sometime been Wife of
John Basset. Thomas Basset, of Boniton, and Sibyll his Wife, by Fine, 12 E. 2. settle
one Mess. three Bovats, and two Acres of Land in Boniton, (fn. 15) upon Raph, Son of the
said Thomas and Joan his Wife, and the Heirs of their Bodies after the Decease of the
said Thomas and Sibyll.
Joan, who had been Wife of Raph Basset, of Bonyton, released, 15 E. 3. (fn. 16) to John
Basset her Son, and Felice, the Daughter of Robert Hemery, of Bonyton, and the Heirs
of the Body of the said John, her whole Right in all the Tenements; which Sibyll, who
had been Wife of Thomas Basset, sometime held in the Town and Fields of Bonyton.
Felice Basset, of Bonington, 42 E. 3. (fn. 17) demised to John Basset, her Son, all the
Lands in Bonyton, which she had of the Gift of John Basset, her Husband.
John Soket, Son of Robert Soket, of Boniton, (fn. 18) gave to William, Son of John
Hemery, of Boniton, 30 E. 1. Land near that which had been the Land of Sir Robert
Sutton's Manor came to the Swillingtons, and from them to the Feildings; who, not
long since, sold the same to — Grey, Esq. of Langley, in Leicestershire.
George Swillington, Esq. died 22d Nov. 2 Eliz. (fn. 19) and left Margaret, the
Wife of Francis Fylding, Gent. and Margery Swillington, his Daughters and Coheirs:
Anne his Wife was dead before him. He was seized of one Manor in Sutton-Bonington,
which was Parcel of the Possessions of Sir William Turvile, and held of the King as of
his Manor of Stanford, Parcel of the Dutchy of Lancaster. Another Manor was Thomas Earl of Rutland's, and Parcel of the Priory of Garrondon; he was likewise seized of a
capital Mess. 120 Acres of Land, 30 of Meadow, &c. and the Advowson of the
Church of St. Anne, in Sutton-Bonington, late belonging to the Monastry of Repingdon,
(fn. 20) or Repton, (in Darbyshire) and some other small Parcels in Sutton-Bonington, Kinston,
John the Son of Robert de Bonington, (fn. 21) gave one Mess. three Tofts, and four Bovats of Land here and in Rudston, to make a Chauntry in the Church of St. Andrew,
(St. Anne, I suppose) at Bonington, 17 E. 2. John de Bonington, 1 H. 5. claimed
against Thomas de Staunton, (fn. 22) and Elizabeth his Wife, one Mess. two Tofts, sixty
Acres of Land, ten of Meadow, in Sutton-upon-Sore.
Hugh Willoughby, of Rysley, claimed against Robert de Staunton, 23 H. 6. (fn. 23) 40s.
Rent, and two Virgats and an Half of Land, with the Appurtenances, in Sutton-uponSore, which went against the Claim.
Raph Shirley, Knight, John Aston, Knight, (fn. 24) John Port Esquire, Robert Hasylrig,
Esquire, Thomas Antwysell, Esquire, claimed against John Wylne, and Margaret his
Wife, one of the Daughters and Heirs of Thomas Staunton, Esquire, the third Part
of the Manor of Sutton, with the Appurtenances, and the third Part of fifteen Mess.
three Tofts, one Mill, two Hundred Acres of Land, sixty of Meadow, sixty of Pasture,
two of Wood, one Hundred of Moor, with the Appurtenances in Sutton-Bonington,
Kinston, and Normanton, this was 5 H. 8. and 7 H. 8. Raph Shirley, and the Rest, before-named, claimed against Thomas Hasylrig, (fn. 25) Son and Heir of Elizabeth Entwysell,
defunct, and late Wife of William Hasylrig, Father of the said Thomas, and one of
the Daughters and Heirs of Thomas Staunton, Esquire, departed, and against Lucy,
Wife of Thomas Hasylrig, the third Part of the Manor of Sutton, &c. as before.
Richard, Bishop of Winchester, Gyles Daubney, Knight, Charles Somerset, of Herbert, Knight, (fn. 26) Thomas Lovell, Knight, Edmund Dudley, Esquire, and Henry
Wyatt, Esquire, 23 H. 7. claimed against Anne Green, and Maud Green, Daughters
and Heirs of Thomas Green, Knight, the Manor of Claxton, and twenty Mess. seven
Hundred Acres of Land, one Hundred of Meadow, two Hundred of Pasture, one
Hundred of Wood, and 20s. Rent, with the Appurtenances in Kegworth, Claxton, Sutton-Bonington, Kyngeston, and Ratcliff.
There was another Recovery of these same Lands and Rent, 36 H. 8. (fn. 27) wherein
James Rokeby, Esquire, and Henry Avetson, claimed them against William Earl of
(fn. 28) Rowland Lemynton, Raph Rowlate, Henry Grenescot, and George Bollys, 5. H. 8.
claimed against Thomas Banaster, Gent. two Mess. one Hundred Acres of Land, twenty
of Meadow, thirty of Pasture, with the Appurtenances in Sutton-Bonington, and Kingston.
There is an ancient Family of the Bonytons, holds a Manor there to this Day. And
Stauntons came Part to Tate, and Part to Shirley, of Staunton-Harold, in Leicestershire,
where Sir Robert Shirley, Baronet, Father of the present Sir Robert, built a very
beautiful Church. He hath here three Farms, having twelve Yard Land belonging to
them. (fn. 29) Mr. Anthony Tate hath seven Yard Land and an Half, which, with his
House, came by his Mother, the Daughter of Richard Stanley, who dwelt in it.
Lands belonging to the Monastry of the Holy Trinity, at Repingdon, in Sutton-Bonington, and West-Leke, and also the Advowson of the Church of St. Helen, of WestLeke, (fn. 30) descended to the Earl of Huntington, from Sir John Porte, Knight, who was
one of the Justices of the King's Bench, 24 H. 8. and married Joan, Daughter and
Heir of John Fitz-Herbert, of Etwall, in Darbyshire, by whom he had Sir John Port,
Knight, his Son, who left three Daughters and Heirs; Elizabeth. Wife of Sir Thomas
Gerard, Knight; Dorothy, Wife of Sir George Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon, and
Margaret of Sir Thomas Stanhope, named in Shelford.
The Rectory of Bonington, in the forementioned MS. is 12l. Value, and Mr. Berkley,
Patron. (fn. 31) The Rectory of Sutton, 8 Mark, and Prior of Repingdon, Patron. In the
King's Books, now the Rectory of St. Michael's, in Sutton-Bonington, is 15l. 2s. 1d.
and the Rectory of St. Anne's there, 4l. 17s. 6d. and the Lord Berkely Patron of
In Sutton-Bonington Church, upon an old Tomb there.— (fn. 32) Hic Facent Thom. Staunton Ar. & Milisenta uxor ejus filia Willielmi Meringmilitis; que Milisenta obiit 12 Aug.
He bears Varrey Arg. and sable, an Annulet Or, and impales with Mering. Arg.
upon a Chevron sable, three Escallops Or. Another Staunton about that Tomb impales with Arg. a Pile in Point Gules, Chandoys.
Upon another Tomb in the Chancel.—Orate pro animabus Johannis Berwyks, and Margaretæ uxoris suæ, & Jacobi filii eorum, qui de hoc sæculo migravit, anno 1528.
He bears Arg. 3. Bears Heads erased sable.
In a Window there Or, a Lion Ramp. Azure, the Lord Segrave, and Gules a Lion
Ramp. Or, (rather Arg. if it be) Mowbray.
Upon a Tomb there.—Here lieth Mygell Stanley, deceased the last Day of May, 1564
and Mary his Wife, that was with Child the same Day, and delivered of a Son named
Mygell, the second of October, the same Year. This same Mygell Stanley deceased,
was Son of John Stanley, and left his Brethren, William and Henry to see this Work
He bears Or, three Birds Legs erased gules.
Upon a chief indented Azure, three Stags Heads Or, impales with a Chevron betwixt three Towers.
In the other Church, an ancient Tomb defaced; it seems it was a Staunton Varrey
Arg. and sable, a Cressent for a Difference impales with Mering, as before, upon that
Tomb is Basset's Arms, &c.
Anthony Feilding sold Mr. Grey, of Langley, the House, and ten Yard Land heretofore belonging to Repton Priory, who since bought of old Mr. Tate, of Sutton, about
three Yard Land and an Half. Mr. Grey disinherited his eldest Son for matching against
his Consent, so his two youngest Sons share with the Eldest. Thomas Gadde hath three
Yard Land and an Half in Sutton, descended from his Ancestors. Charles Cock hath
four, Thomas Strong four, bought heretofore of Sir George Hastings. Gilbert Millington attaint, had four also.
IS situate about a mile from Normanton. The Lordship contains 2000 acres of land.
It is in two Divisions or rather in two distinct parishes: one called St. Ann's, was inclosed in 1775, and contains 1200 acres; the other St. Michael's field, was inclosed in
1777, and contains 800 acres. Principal Proprietors are Earl Ferrers, who is lord of
the manor of St. Ann's: Sir Thomas Parkyns, Bart. lord of the manor of St. Michael's,
and John Chamberlain, Esq. who lives at Ratcliff-upon-Soar.
The village contains 120 dwellings, among which is one inhabited by Frederick
Cressey Parkyns, Esq. one of the Sons of Sir Thomas Parkyns, Bart. by his present
The principal Church is decent; it has a spire, 3 bells, a nave, and two side aisles.—
In a dirty chancel lies Richard Walker, Esq. who died in 1657.- Henry Jackson, M.
A. died in 1749. Thomas Buck died in 1721. James Berridge died in 1772, and
Robert Bard, Gent. died in 1756. The other church is small, and barn-like built: a
mutilated figure lies in the chancel wall. Near this church are some ruins with no
marked features describable.
Patrons. The Dean and Chapter of Bristol, St. Michael, and the King St. Ann's.—
Incumbents, the Rev. Dr. Clare for the former, and the Rev. Mr. Allen for the
The earliest Register begins in 1558. In St. Michael's Bap. 54. Buried 16, in
5 years.—In St. Ann's Bap. 16, beginning in the year 1678, and buried 6, beginning
with the Year 1696.—In the latest Register now entered, St. Michael's Bap. 98 and
buried 56. In St. Ann's 20 Bap. and 13 buried.
In Bacon St. Ann's a R. 4l. 17s. 6d. Tenths 9s. 9d. St. Michael in Sutton-Bonnington
R. 15l. 2s. 1d. Tenths 1l. 10s. 2½d. Archiepisc pro. Syn. 6s. pro. Prox. 6s. 8d. Val.
in mans. cum gleb. ibid per ann. 2s. 6d. in decimmo. land. garb fœn, &c.