Caunton (St. Andrew)
CAUNTON (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union of Southwell, N. division of the wapentake of Thurgarton, S. division of the county of Nottingham, 5½ miles (N. W. by N.) from Newark; containing 539 inhabitants. It is situated on the Worksop road, and comprises by measurement 2900 acres, of which 1600 are in the manor of Caunton, 800 in that of Beesthorpe, and 500 in the manor of Knapthorpe; the scenery is pleasing, the soil chiefly clay, and the land well cultivated. Coal is supposed to exist, and various attempts have been made to discover it, but without success. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the Prebendary of North Muskham in the Collegiate Church of Southwell, valued in the king's books at £4. 2. 1.; net income, £142; impropriator, Lord Middleton. The tithes were commuted for land under an inclosure act, in 1795. The church is a neat structure of stone. There are places of worship for Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists; and a school built by subscription.