Sutton-at-Hone has a long history. A Commandery of the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem was established in Sutton-at-Hone in 1199, and is now the National Trust property St. John's Jerusalem. The part of the St. John Jerusalem property open to the public (on Wednesday afternoons, April - October) includes the 13th century Knights Hospitallers' Chapel and a garden moated by the River Darent.
The church of St. John the Baptist was in existence by 1077. It was rebuilt in the fourteenth century, and that church had to have substantial re-building work following a fire in 1615, reputedly caused by a person firing a gun at a bird that was in the church.