In the following account of Sutton in Craven I have tried to show the development of one of the many villages among the Pennine Hills. The history of the village has never been written, but I have been fortunate in having had access to documents collected for this purpose. The chief sources of information have been, copies of documents from the Record Office, London, the publications of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, the Kildwick Parish Registers, the township account books and miscellaneous papers and local deeds.
It is surprising how much information can be collected in his way about one small village, which even at the present time, after a recorded life of nearly nine hundred years, has only two thousand two hundred and twenty three inhabitants.
There are many gaps in the story during the middle ages, but doubtless these will be filled as more documents concerning the village are brought to light.
"Sutton-under-Loun, Where God nor goodman never come."