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St Mary's Church Tower

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Long Sutton Baptist Church 

 

 

 

Long Sutton is a small but attractive market town with a total population of around 9'400, situated in South  Holland in  the south eastern fringes of Lincolnshire close to the counties of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

 

The existence of a settlement can be traced back to Norman times and possibly to the 9th century, the Friday Market dates back to the early 13th Century, when the town was a prosperous trading centre, by the 14th Century  Long Sutton was said to be one of the richest communities in Lincolnshire.

 

Long Suttons main industry is farming the rich arable land that surrounds this  market town, which has always contributed to the prosperity  of the area, it is reported that as recently as the 1950s, eleven trains would daily transport passengers and local produce to and from the town. To day Small Holders and Farmers rely on road transport to take their produce to market, although the busy Friday Market with a small produce auction remains  in the towns market place,

 

Potatoes, Cabbage and Cauliflower along with cereal crops such as wheat are the main food crops grown in this area although it was also known in the past for its flower and strawberry growers serving mainly the Northern Markets such as Manchester. In the spring the fields in the Spalding area including Long Sutton used  to be ablaze in colour with Daffodils and Tulips in full flower which was grown not only for the flower markets but for the bulb market in Holland even today many vehicles leave the area loaded for the Dutch markets.

 

Long Sutton has many examples of fine Georgian architecture, St Mary's Church, is famous for its 13th Century lead-covered timber spire. This is a similar design as Chesterfield's famous twisted spire but Long Sutton's spire still stands straight and true. It is now the highest, oldest and best-preserved lead spire in England and possibly Europe:

 

Legend has it that Dick Turpin Highwayman stopped in Long Sutton on his legendry overnight ride from London to York hence the name "Swap Coat Lane" a street leading of Market Street, it is said that King Johns jewels were lost in the wash area somewhere around  Long Sutton which at that time was an island or costal settlement in the wash.

 

In the spring and through the summer floral displays adorn the streets and buildings in and around the Market Place and in the High Street, the floral  arrangements have helped to earn Long Sutton to be named amongst the 'Best Kept Villages' in Lincolnshire, and has been frequently named best small town in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.

 

Long Sutton offers more than most small towns or villages in the area when it comes to activities and leisure time interests, Long Sutton has a well appointed indoor bowling rink, a Popular Masonic Lodge,  local league football & Cricket teams, scouts and guides for both young and old, a youth club, along with a Civic Society that has an active interest in preserving interesting landmarks and local services in and around Long Sutton.

 

Long Sutton's Market House,  offers access many services locally with access to Lincolnshire Credit Union, Free Language and Skills for Life Classes, South Holland District Council Customer Services, the Citizens Advice Bureau and many other community services.  

 

Long Sutton enjoys a regular and frequent bus service between Kings Lynn and Spalding operated by Norfolk Green. Carnell's Coaches operate a local services from Long Sutton to  Wisbech  and Long Sutton to Boston. Lincolnshire Interconnect Bus Services cover the majority of Lincolnshire with either Boston or Spalding as a starting point. Boston, Kings Lynn, Spalding and Wisbech are local boarding points for the National Express UK network.  Regular hourly train services too London from Kings Lynn and regular services too all other parts of the UK from Spalding and Peterborough .

 

Long Sutton is home to one of the largest canning factories in the UK, every day thousands of canned products leave what used to be the Premier Foods factory now Princes to supply the supermarkets and corner shops across the nation. Princes own and distribute many of the brand names that they own from their Long Sutton factory which include Campbell Soups, Batchelors, Homepride, Fray Bentos etc. plus they can many other branded and supermarket own label products at the Long Sutton Factory, Princes is one of the major employer in this region.

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