Long Sutton Walk Two
Long Sutton is a small market town in South Holland with many fine buildings from the 18th century. In 1307 Long Sutton was on the sea bank and Walpole Cross Keys was five miles away on the sea bank in Norfolk, separated by marshland. In 1640 three miles of the marsh was enclosed by Cornelieus Vermuyden and Long Sutton was no longer on the sea bank. In 1831 Cross Keys Embankment together with a bridge designed by John Rennie over the newly dug Nene Outfall Cut made it possible for a direct route from Norfolk into Lincolnshire. Two coaching inns in Long Sutton, the Bull Hotel and the Crown and Woolpack were well placed for passing travellers.The name Long Sutton comes from the Old English, Sutton meaning village to the south and Long being a description of a long straggling village. These walks will explore the town and surrounding open countryside
Walk location: Long Sutton lies 8 km (5 miles) east of Holbeach.
Starting point: Market House, Market Street, Long Sutton.
The Market House or Corn Exchange was built in 1856 with money raised by the sale of shares. The building had space for a corn exchange, a market house, a public room for meetings and retiring rooms.
The building became the centre of town life. As well as markets and produce shows, musical evenings were regularly held. The need for the corn exchange started to decline during the 1920s when farmers started going to corn exchanges in Spalding and Wisbech. The Market House passed into private ownership and became a garage. The garage moved to a new location in the 1960s and by the end of the 20th century the building had fallen into disrepair.
In 1999 a group of local people began the long process of restoring the building to its present glory. It is now used as an information and community centre
St Mary’s church dates from the late 12th century and many Norman features are still present. The magnificent leaded spire stands 162 feet tall and is the tallest of its type in the country. It was built to the same design as the spire in Chesterfield
Hospital Drove marks the boundary between Long Sutton Common and the former estate of the Governors of Guys Hospital. The hospital owned the land between 1746 and 1919 when it was purchased by the Ministry of Agriculture and the large farms were turned into smallholdings
- 1Leave the Market House and turn right. Take the second turn on the right, Market Place.
- 2At the War Memorial and church turn left and follow the public footpath between the car park and churchyard. Continue along the edge of the churchyard to a road.
- 3Turn left and after approximately 40m cross the road with care and walk straight ahead along the public footpath between two houses and into the park. Follow the surfaced path straight on through the park to a road. Look out for the whale bones!
- 4At the road turn left, cross Park Road and continue straight on along Little London.
- 5Turn left along Daniels Crescent.
- 6At the T-junction turn right and then left onto John Swains Way. After approximately 60m turn right onto a public footpath in front of the houses.
- 7At the end of the tarmac path bear right in front of the shrubs and trees and then turn left and walk along the avenue of cherry trees and continue in the same direction to open field. Turn left and follow the path between the fields and then alongside the fence to a road.
- 8Turn left.
- 9At the T-junction turn left to return to the start point.
The walk uses roadside pavements and field paths. There are no stiles or livestock.