In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Sutton like this:
SUTTON, a village and a parish in Epsom district, Surrey. The village stands adjacent to the Epsom railway, 4½ miles WSW of Croydon; consists chiefly of one street; is the head polling place for Mid-Surrey; and has a post-office‡ under London S, a r. station with telegraph, and two hotels.The parish includes Ben-hilton group of new villas at Been Hill, numerous other new villas and cottages, and the South Metropolitan District school. ...
Acres, 1,803. Real property, £12,061; of which £30 are in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 1,387; in 1861, 3,186,-of whom 900 were in the S. M. D. school. Houses, 452. The property is much subdivided. A section with a pop. of about 1,100, was formed, in 1863, into the chapelry of Benhilton. The head living is a rectory, and that of B. is a vicarage, in the diocese of Winchester. Value of the former, £660.* of the latter, £200.* Patron of the former, H. Padwick, Esq.; of the latter, the Representatives of the late T. Alcock Esq. The parochial church was rebuilt in 1863, at a cost of £6,000; and is in late first-pointed style. B. church was built in 1864, and is in the decorated English style. There are several dissenting chapels, a slightly endowed school, and charities £51.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Sutton in Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th April 2017
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