Long Sutton, Lincolnshire
St Mary's Church
Long Sutton shown within Lincolnshire
|OS grid reference|
|- London||93 mi (150 km) SSW|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||01406 36|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||South Holland and The Deepings|
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[by whom?] to be one of the richest communities in Lincolnshire.
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.
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".
In 1987 a Butterfly Park was opened near Long Sutton, where animals and insects could be seen and admired. The Butterfly Park was closed in October 2012 after a series of losses and bad weather.
In 2001 the town had a population of 6,461.
Long Sutton has a Friday market and produce auction. Premier Foods have a food processing plant, producing Fray Bentos pies. The town has a history of association with antique dealers and shops, this is due to its location just off the A17 which leads to Newark where the International Antiques & Collectors fair is held annually. The largest remaining antique shop is the 'Long Sutton Antique & Craft Centre'.
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. The Butterfly and Wildlife Park, voted Lincolnshire's Family Attraction of the Year by the Good Britain Guide, is home to butterflies, birds of prey and reptiles, and lies just outside the town.
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 fine Georgian architecture.
Town pubs 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. Peele Community College is the local co-educational secondary modern school.
Sport and leisure
Long Sutton is served by one main local newspaper company, 'spaldingtoday' which produce the 'Spalding Guardian' and the 'Lincolnshire free press'
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- "Long Sutton Butterfly Park to close". BBC News. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Annual Monitoring Report 2006-07, p. 11; South Holland District Council
- "Antique Fairs – IACF Antique & Collectors Fairs". Iacf.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
- "Antique Centres in Lincolnshire - Stamford, Hemswell, Horncastle, Louth, Gainsborough, UK". Antiques Atlas. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
- Kyll, Thomas (1739), The Trial of the Notorious Highwayman Richard Turpin, London: Ward and Chandler booksellers[page needed]
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- "News - Spalding Guardian". Spaldingtoday.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
- Long Sutton Parish Council
- St Mary's church
- The Peele Community College
- Long Sutton Primary School Website