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Graced with rich architecture and beautiful surroundings, which even lured the likes of Dick Turpin to stay, Long Sutton is full of history and a prosperous market town.
Where is Long Sutton?
Long Sutton is a small market town in south-east Lincolnshire close to the borders of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Travelling along the A47 to Norwich, head to Kings Lynn and stay on the A17 which will take you straight to the town.
About Long Sutton
Historically, Long Sutton traces its origins back to Norman times and possibly the 9th Century.
It is full of beautiful buildings, including St Marys Church, which dates from 1170s and boasts the highest wooden spire in the country.
The busy street market is also a major attraction every Friday, with stalls by local traders, and craftsman.
Magnificent examples of architecture include Alderley House which is an example of Georgian influence. The town also has links with John of Gaunt and the legendary Dick Turpin, who stayed in the town for nine months before escaping after resisting his arrest.
In 1216, King Johns treasures were said to have been lost to the Wash. The King ordered his baggage train to take the shortest route via The Welle Stream (near the present Sutton Bridge) but the long and slow-moving train of carts and wagons was beaten by the tide.
The east lighthouse at Long Sutton is best known as the home during the 1930s of Sir Peter Scott, who studied and painted the wildfowl he had grown to love there.
A Peter Scott walk begins at the lighthouse near Sutton Bridge and ends at West Lynn.
The annual flower festival attracts people from all over the country.