All Saints' church, Sutton
Sutton is a village and parish in the hundred of Rochford in Essex. It is located between the River Roach and the Southend-on-Sea, and includes the hamlet of Shopland. It has a population of 127, increasing at the 2011 Census to 135, although at the time of the Domesday Book it had a flourishing village with its own market and fair.
The area is known locally as Sutton with Shopland. Most of the civil parish of Shopland was amalgamated with Sutton in 1933. When St Mary Magdalene's church in Shopland was demolished in 1957 following wartime bomb damage, artifacts were removed and went to Sutton Church and others. Shopland churchyard is rededicated every year.
Sutton is rural with large farms, and is bordered by industrial estates on its northern (Purdeys Industrial Estate) and southern (Chandlers Way/Temple Farm Industrial Estate) borders.
All Saints' Church is of Norman origin and boasts a mediæval coffin lid and brass of 1371 from the demolished ancient church at Shopland nearby. The brass depicts Sir Thomas Stapel, Sergeant at Arms to Edward III, in armour such as he would have worn at the Battle of Crecy.
- Census 2001
- "Civil Parish population". http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11129306&c=SS2+5QP&d=16&e=62&g=6425544&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=0&s=1443018670460&enc=1. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- Rochford Council : District Tour
- A Vision of Britain Through Time : Shopland Civil Parish
- Barry Summerfield : Clerk to Sutton Parish Council (2009)
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