Kings Newton is a village in South Derbyshire. The population of the village is included in Melbourne. The Holy well (pictured) was constructed around 1660, but has been refurbished at the end of the twentieth century.
Unlike many villages in Derbyshire, Kings Newton is not mentioned in the Domesday book and is a "new town". Originally the hamlet was called Newton but the prefix of Kings was added to differentiate it from other Newtons in the surrounding counties.
After the successful campaign at the Battle of Sobraon, Henry Hardinge was created Viscount Hardinge of Lahore and of King's Newton in Derbyshire, with a pension of £3000 for three lives. Why this small village was chosen for his honour is unclear.
The hall illustrated was built in 1560 and was extensively damaged by fire in 1859. It was fully restored in 1910 by Cecil Paget and his first wife. The illustration is from a book of poetry by local naturalist, John Joseph Briggs, whose poem about the Trent was the title of his poetry book.
- Marjorie Bates, 20th century artist was born here in 1883.
- John Joseph Briggs, Naturalist lived here and published a History of Melbourne
- Cecil Paget, locomotive engineer and railway administrator, lived in the Hall 1910-1936
- The Trent, and other poems By John Joseph Briggs pub. 1859
- Living Springs journal. Accessed 29 January 2007
- 'Kings Newton village in South Derbyshire: Information and photos' Derbyshire UK, accessed 2009-08-16
- John Joseph Briggs in the Dictionary of National Biography 1866
- 'The gentry: the Paget family' Remembering Sutton Bonington, accessed 2009-08-16
Media related to Kings Newton at Wikimedia Commons