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  • A cemetery was formed in 1878 and placed under the control of a nine-member Burial Board.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Sutterton cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.


  • The parish was in the Kirton sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • We have a partial extract of the 1891 Census for the parish.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 611
1861 R.G. 9 / 2331
1871 R.G. 10 / 3334
1891 R.G. 12 / 2570


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Sutterton area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary the Blessed Virgin.
  • The church was founded in the 11th or 12th century.
  • The church tower was rebuilt in 1787.
  • The church itself was thoroughly restored in 1903-8.
  • The church seats 450 people.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Mary's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538 for baptisms and burials, from 1539 for marriages.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes for the Holland West Deanery to make your search easier.
  • We have a fragmentary parish register extract in a text file. Your additions and corrections are welcome.
  • The LDS Family History Library has the Parish Register, baptisms, marriages & burials 1538-1924, on film #0989865.
  • The LDS Family History Library has the Bishop's Transcipt, baptisms, marriages & burials 1813-1830, on film #0508052 Item 5.
  • The LDS Family History Library has the churchwardens accounts, marriages & burials 1754-1949, on film #0094066.
  • The Baptists had a chapel here, built in 1803 and rebuilt in 1826. There was also a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built in 1839 and a United Free Methodist chapel erected in 1854. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Kirton sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Sutterton is both a village and a parish in the south of Lincolnshire, on the old road between Spalding and Boston. The parish is about 6 miles south of Boston and covers about 3,000 acres. Wigtoft parish is to the west, with Algarkirk parish to the east. The parish includes the hamlets of Struggs Hill and Dow Dyke.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A16 trunk road north out of Spalding or south out of Boston. Where the A17 intersects, about 6 miles south of Boston, turn north-east for about 1 mile. The village is bisected by the B1397 secondary road.
  • Richard HUMPHREY has a photograph of the Water Tower on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2015. The Water Tower is a good landmark while walking about the village.
  • Check our Touring page for additional resources.
You can see pictures of Sutterton which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Sutterton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Beridge Arms on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.


  • Dowdyke Hall was owned by Arthur John THRONHILL in 1912.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF285355 (Lat/Lon: 52.901561, -0.090961), Sutterton which are provided by:

Military History

A trace of World War II remains! Here is a photograph of a 3-Bay Pill Box left over from the conflict.

Military Records

A portion of the Sutterton War Memorial can be seen at the Photo Reflect site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Kirton Wapentake in the Boston Borough in the parts of Holland.
  • In 1840, the parish covered 6,550 acres. That was reduced by half by 1900.
  • In 1880, the parish gave up almost 3,000 acres to help form the new Amber Hill Civil Parish.
  • You can contact the local Parish Council about civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to answer family history questions.
  • For today's district governance, visit the local Boston Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Kirton and Skirbeck petty session hearings.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here under the Parishes Inclosure Act of 1772.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Boston Poorlaw Union.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 737
1831 1,093
1871 1,436
1881 920
1891 821
1911 885


  • A National School was established here in 1825.
  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1865 and enlarged in 1894 to hold 145 children.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.