Welcome to Sutterton

The area that is now Sutterton has been populated since Roman times.  In the 11th or 12th century Sutterton was founded as a separate parish with the now Anglican  church of St Mary the Virgin at its centre.  At the time of the Doomsday book it is believed that Sutterton had a small chapel as part of the neighbouring parish of Algarkirk.  Until recently, when the bypasses were put in, Sutterton was at the crossroads of two important roads.  The road from Boston, a major port in the 13th to 15th centuries, goes to Stamford and London.  The other road comes from Newark on the Great North Road, South East to Kings Lyn and Norwich.  It boasts one of the first roundabouts in the U.K. at the original junction of these two roads.

 

Sutterton is a friendly place in the fens with approximately 1500 residents ranging from young families to those into their 90s.  Besides the church the village boasts two hostelries.  The Beridge, opposite the church, has stood since Georgian times, as have some of the building close to it.  A friendly welcome can be had here, with both alcoholic beverages and food available.  The Thatched Cottage on Pools Lane probably dates back to the 12th century, and was built by Sir Robert de Crecy for three families of villains, (indentured agricultural workers). This property continued as private residences for seven hundred years, before eventually being transformed into a Public House and Restaurant. It still includes remnants of the traditional Lincolnshire ‘mud and stud’ construction technique as well as open wooden beams.  It provides alcoholic beverages and food.

 

The village is well served by two general stores where many commodities, including daily papers, are available.  One of them includes a Post Office.  The education of youngsters up to the age of eleven is well catered for.  The old school house, which was made redundant when the new junior school was build is now used as a nursery.  The new “Four Fields” school built in 1978 provides for the educational needs of children, years 1 to 6, both from the village and the surrounding area.

 

Some villages have a duck pond but Sutterton has at its centre a wildlife haven called Bell Mere Pool, an area of 1.8 acres. In January 1978 work began to convert the space from a meadow to ponds with surrounding rough grass land where many water birds, ducks such as mallard, various types of geese, can now be seen along with annual visitors such as herons.  In the early summer it is a blaze of glorious colour with wild flowers.

 

In front of the Thatched cottage is a playground for supervised children.  The parish council has recently added a “Zip Wire” to the range of equipment which they look after on behalf of the residents for the use of the children.

 

The Parish Plan, see separate section, has encouraged new groups to be set up.  There is a football team, a choir as well as clubs for the youngsters.  Bingo takes place every Friday at the village hall (part of the school).  Various other events take place during the year including an annual fete.  The parish is kept informed by its news sheet (known as the “Round and About”) of coming parish events, local opinions, poetic offerings, along with goods and services available from local trades persons.  The actions of the parish council are also reported so that parishioners can attend public forums to give their view.