Origin:Southern Tun and Cheney is a family name
Domesday:Crowland Abbey holds 2 carucates of land in Sutton Ceney and 2 carucates of land in Stapleton. There is land for 5 ploughs. There 6 villans with 2 bordars have 1 1/2 ploughs. It was worth 60s; now 40s.
Arnold holds of Hugh 1 carucate of land in Sutton Cheney. There is land for half a plough. This plough is there in demesne. It was worth 3s; now 10s.
A small village in South Leicestershire adjacent to Bosworth Field.
The Normans gave 2 carucates of land and a windmill in Sutton Cheney to the Abbey of Croyland. In 1279 the village was made up of 3 manors, Verdon, Hastinges and Crowland.
By 1564 there were 25 families living there. In 1630 there were 4 freeholders, William Roberts (knight), Richard May, William Drakeley and John Swinsen (gent). The freeholders rose to 17 in 1719 but declined to 9 by 1775. By 1800 there were 64 houses with 160 males and 156 females; 79 of the population were engaged in agriculture and 76 in trade/ manufacture.
The Almshouses, accommodating 6 poor people, were founded in 1612 by William Roberts who provided an endowment of £30 a year to run them. In the Civil War the Roberts family were royalists and in 1646 were fined £780 for "delinquency" for "residing in the enemy's garrison".