Sutton on the Hill

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Sutton on the Hill
St Michael's Church, Sutton-on-the-Hill [1].
Sutton on the Hill is located in Derbyshire
Sutton on the Hill
Sutton on the Hill
Sutton on the Hill shown within Derbyshire
Population 123 (2011)
OS grid reference SK234336
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DERBY
Postcode district DE6
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
52°54′00″N 1°39′11″W / 52.900°N 1.653°W / 52.900; -1.653Coordinates: 52°54′00″N 1°39′11″W / 52.900°N 1.653°W / 52.900; -1.653

Sutton-on-the-Hill is a parish in south Derbyshire eight miles (13 km) west of Derby. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 Census was 123.[2] The village is widely spread out and contains both a church and a chapel. It was described as "a parish, with two townships and a hamlet" [3] in the 1870s. Now it has no shop, post office and has limited public transport links. It does however have a chapel and a fine church, which unlike most of the village, is on the hill.


Sutton on the Hill is mentioned twice in the Domesday book where it is spelt Sudtun and Sudtune. The book says [4] there is one carucate which is a berewick of the manor of Mickleover which at that time belonged to the Abbey of Burton together with other berewicks which included Dalbury, Sudbury and Hilton.

'The Lytchgate' [1].

Later the book lists under the title of “The lands of Henry de Ferrers[5]

”In Sutton on the hill Thorir, Alweald, Ubeinn, Leofwine and Eadric had two carucates of land to the geld. There is land for three ploughs. There are now three ploughs in demesne and nine villans having seven ploughs. There is a priest and a church and one mill rendering 10 shillings and twenty four acres of meadow. TRE[6] as now sixty shillings. Wazelin holds it.“

'The 1838 Chapel' [1].

The parish of Sutton on the Hill used to contain the places of Ash, Osleston and Thurvaston. The manor had at one time been owned by the Blue Coat Hospital and Library in Manchester as it was bought as part of charity set up in the will of Humphrey Chetham. The rights to appoint the vicar was purchased by German Buckston(e) in 1834.[7] In 1801 Sutton on the Hill's total population was 388. In 1901 it was 124. By 1971 the population was 112.[8]

Notable residents[edit]

George Buckston played for Derbyshire Cricket Club and was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1926. His son Robin was captain of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and High Sheriff in 1960. Current Derby County and former England U-21 Goalkeeper Stephen Bywater also lives in the area.


  1. ^ a b c Image from Wikimedia Commons May 2007
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  3. ^ IGWE - John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
  4. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.744-6
  5. ^ Henry held a considerable number of manors including several in Derbyshire given to him by the King. These included obviously Sutton on the Hill, but also included lands in Brailsford, Dalbury and Twyford.
  6. ^ TRE in Latin is Tempore Regis Edwardi. This means in the time of King Edward before the Battle of Hastings.
  7. ^ History, Gazetteer and Directory of Derbyshire, with the Town of Burton-upon-Trent, Samuel Bagshaw, 1846, accessed February 2009
  8. ^ Vision of Britain

Further reading[edit]

  • A History Of The Parish Of Osleston, Thurvaston, Sutton And Ashe, Michael Hartley, 1991

External links[edit]

Media related to Sutton on the Hill at Wikimedia Commons