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Long Sutton
St Marys Church Long Sutton.jpg
St Mary's Church
Long Sutton shown within Lincolnshire
Population 4,821 (2011)
OS grid reference TF430230
• London 90 mi (140 km) SSW
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SPALDING
Postcode district PE12
Dialling code 01406
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
  • South Holland and The Deepings
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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 in the Parts of Holland. The Friday market dates back to the early 13th century when the town was a prosperous trading centre.

Long Sutton Bailey Grave
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.

Prosperity continued into the 20th century, helped by the arrival of the railways.

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 However, it was closed in 1959 when passenger services were withdrawn from almost the entire M&GN route.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.

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".


Long Sutton is the terminus of the A1101, the UK's lowest road.

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.

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.

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.

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

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