Long Sutton, Lincolnshire

Long Sutton

St Mary's Church
Long Sutton
 Long Sutton shown within Lincolnshire
Population 4,821 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTF430230
    London 90 mi (140 km)  SSW
DistrictSouth Holland
Shire countyLincolnshire
RegionEast Midlands
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town SPALDING
Postcode district PE12
Dialling code 01406
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK ParliamentSouth Holland and The Deepings
List of places

Coordinates: 52°47′08″N 0°07′12″E / 52.78564°N 0.12001°E / 52.78564; 0.12001

Long Sutton, is a market town in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies the Lincolnshire Fens, close to the Wash and 13 miles (21 km) east from Spalding.


Long Sutton was historically in the wapentake of Elloe[2] in the Parts of Holland. The Friday market dates back to the early 13th century when the town was a prosperous trading centre. By the mid-14th century, it was considered to be one of the richest communities in Lincolnshire.

Dr Bailey's inscribed stone in the church

Within St Mary's Church can be found a memorial inscribed "Alas Poor Bailey". This is in memory of a local surgeon, John Bailey, who was killed by robbers while returning to the town following a visit to a patient in Tydd St Mary. He was attacked just after midnight on 22 April 1795. His murderers were never caught.[3][4]

Prosperity continued into the 20th century, helped by the arrival of the railways. In the 1950s eleven trains would daily transport passengers and local produce to and from the town.

The town previously had a railway station on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway. However, it was closed in 1959 when passenger services were withdrawn from almost the entire M&GN route.

In 1987 a Butterfly Park was opened near Long Sutton. The park was closed in October 2012 after a series of losses and bad weather.[5]

On 21 June 2012, at about 2:30 pm, a tornado hit Long Sutton. Particular damage was caused in Woad Lane with the tornado "leaving a trail of destruction in its wake".[6]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches south to Tydd St Mary with a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 7,260.[7]


Long Sutton is the terminus of the A1101, the UK's lowest road. It is now bypassed, with Sutton Bridge, by the A17 which follows the former railway. In 2001 the town had a population of 6,461.[8]

Long Sutton has a Friday market and produce auction.

The town has a history of association with antique dealers and shops, because of its location just off the A17 which leads to Newark where the International Antiques & Collectors fair is held annually.[9]

The town is known for floral displays that decorate the town and its churches throughout spring and summer, and was named amongst the best kept villages in Lincolnshire, and for the second year running, has been named best small town in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.

Long Sutton is served by one main local newspaper company, Spaldingtoday, which produces the Spalding Guardian and the Lincolnshire free press.[10]

Premier Foods had a food processing plant in Long Sutton, producing Fray Bentos pies. Following the sale of the Fray Bentos business to Baxters in 2011, production was moved to Scotland in 2013.[11][12]

Facilities and landmarks

Town public houses are the Olde Ship Inn on London Road, the Crown and Woolpack on High Street, and the Corn Exchange and the Granary on Market Street.

Long Sutton County Primary School is located on Dick Turpin Way in the centre of Long Sutton; it has about 400 pupils. The Peele Community College is the local co-educational secondary modern school.

St Mary's Church has a 13th-century lead-covered timber spire. It is of a similar design to Chesterfield's twisted spire but Long Sutton's spire is straight. It is the highest, oldest and best-preserved lead spire in England and possibly Europe. The town has many examples of Georgian architecture.


The town's football club, Long Sutton Athletic, play in the Peterborough & District League, and have previously played in the Eastern Counties League.[13]

Notable people

The highwayman Dick Turpin lived in Long Sutton for about nine months, under the alias of John Palmer (or Parmen).[14] There is a road in the town named after him.


  1. "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. http://domesdaymap.co.uk/hundred/elloe/ Domesday Map Online: Long Sutton
  3. Urban, Sylvanus. The Gentleman's Magazine: and Historical Chronicle for the Year 1795. Volume 77. Part the First. (1795). p.441
  4. Codd, Daniel (2013). Tales from the Gibbet Post (The Hunt for 'Butcher Jack'). Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. Kindle Edition. ASIN: B00D2B8OWA
  5. "Long Sutton Butterfly Park to close". BBC News. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  6. "Tornado hits Long Sutton"; Spalding Guardian 23 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012
  7. "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. Annual Monitoring Report 2006-07, p. 11; South Holland District Council
  9. "Antique Fairs – IACF Antique & Collectors Fairs". Iacf.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  10. "News - Spalding Guardian". Spaldingtoday.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  11. "Baxters Fray Bentos acquisition cleared". BBC News.
  12. "On the move". FoodManufacture.co.uk.
  13. "Long Sutton Athletic Football Club". Teamstats.net. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  14. Kyll, Thomas (1739), The Trial of the Notorious Highwayman Richard Turpin, London: Ward and Chandler booksellers
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