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Long Sutton, Lincolnshire

Historical Description

Sutton, Long (formerly Sutton St Mary), a market-town, township, and parish, in Lincolnshire. Long Sutton stands on the Bourn and Lynn section of the Midland and Great Northern Joint railway, 5 miles ESE of Holbeach, 9 N from Wisbech, and 105 from London, and has a posty money order, and telegraph office under Wisbech. It is the centre of an enormous parish, and is a seat of petty sessions. It is governed by an urban district council of nine members,. and is well drained. Population, 2439. A large building-was erected in 1856, which serves as corn exchange, market, and public rooms, and there are two banks and some breweries and corn mills. In 1892 the Winfrey family presented three acres of meadow land in the middle of the town for the purposes of a recreation ground. A weekly market for corn and cattle is held on Friday, and there are fairs on 13 and 14 May, and the first Friday after 25 September. The site of a large mansion, said to have been a residence of John of Gaunt, is near the church. Sutton Holland, Guanock, and Cranwell are separate manors. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln; net value, £545 with residence. The church, dedicated to St Mary, is one of the finest and most interesting in this part of the county. It is a building of stone of the Norman, Early English, Decorated, and Perpendicular periods, consisting of chancel, nave of seven bays and aisles, N and S porches, and a very remarkable Early English tower and spire, just touching the SW angle of the S aisle. This is one of the very few spires which, having escaped fire and decay, remain in Their original condition. The church includes many other architectural features of interest, and possesses some good stained windows. There are Baptist, Congregational, Free Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels. There was formerly an endowed free school, but the endowment, worth about £125 a year, is now administered by the school board. The town possesses several valuable charities, the aggregate income of which amounts to about £700 a year.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLincolnshire 
Ecclesiastical parishLong Sutton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionHolbeach 

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Little London (Long Sutton)
DistrictSouth Holland
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtPE12
Post TownSpalding