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The beach, Sutton on Sea
Sutton-on-Sea is located in Lincolnshire
Sutton-on-Sea shown within Lincolnshire
OS grid reference TF520817
• London 125 mi (201 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Mablethorpe
Postcode district LN12
Dialling code 01507
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
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53°18′40″N 0°16′48″E / 53.311245°N 0.280105°E / 53.311245; 0.280105Coordinates: 53°18′40″N 0°16′48″E / 53.311245°N 0.280105°E / 53.311245; 0.280105

Sutton-on-Sea (originally Sutton in the Marsh or Sutton le Marsh) is a small coastal village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated at the junction of the A52 and A1111 roads, 6 miles (10 km) north-east from Alford and 2 miles (3.2 km) south from Mablethorpe. The village is part of the civil parish of Mablethorpe and Sutton (where the population is listed).

Village facilities include a post office, public houses, a general store and a hotel, and a paddling pool on the sea front.


At very low tides it is possible to view the remains of an ancient mixed forest on the beaches of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea. It was submerged by rising sea levels about 3000 years ago.[1][2] Sea flooding was a periodic problem in the Middle Ages. The village was last flooded on 31 January 1953, when a ten-foot storm surge broke through the flood defences.[3]

The church, which is a Grade II listed building, is dedicated to Saint Clement. It was built in 1818–19 on a new site, after the previous church was destroyed by the sea.[4]

The Alford and Sutton Tramway ran from Alford town to Sutton-on-Sea on rails set into the road. It opened in 1884 and closed five years later.[5][6]

Sutton-on-Sea railway station opened as part of the Sutton and Willoughby Railway in 1886. It closed on 5 October 1970, by which time it was owned by British Rail.[7]

In 1897 the village was the subject of a plan by the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway to build a port and harbour at the terminus of its East-West line to Warrington on the Manchester Ship Canal.[8] However, by the time the line reached Lincoln the money had run out and Lincoln remained its terminus.[8]


Sutton on Sea Community Primary School was built in 1862 as a National School, becoming a board school in 1887, and a council school in 1903. It became a primary school in 1964, and has been called the Sutton on Sea Community Primary School since 1999.[9]


  1. ^ "Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment" (PDF). Project 3279. English Heritage. p. 22. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sutton on Sea Forest". Sutton on Sea website. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Local home page Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ "British Listed Buildings". St Clement, Sutton On Sea. English Heritage. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alford to Sutton Tramway". Alford Website. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "This Is Grimsby". Grimsby. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Disused Stations". Sutton on Sea. Subterranea Brittanica. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Cupit, J & Taylor, W., (1984) The Lancashire , Derbyshire & East Coast Railway Usk: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0853613028[page needed]
  9. ^ "Lincs to the Past". Sutton on Sea Community Primary School. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 

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