Sutton St Edmunds


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  • The parish was part of the Long Sutton sub-district of the Holbeach Registration District.
  • In an 1890 re-organization, Sutton St. Edmund became a part of the Gedney Hill sub-district within the Holbeach Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 611
1851 H.O. 107 / 2097
1861 R.G. 9 / 2326
1871 R.G. 10 / 3327
1891 R.G. 12 / 2566

Church History

  • The church is dedicated to Saint Edmund (hence the parish name).
  • The church was rebuilt in 1798.
  • Sutton St. Edmund used to be a chapelry of Long Sutton before being formed into its own parish.
  • There is a bridge over the stream on the southeast corner of the parish, which takes one into Cambridgeshire. Harold's Bridge had a small Methodist chapel on the Cambridge side. (JB)
  • Here is a photo of St. Edmund's Church, taken by Ron Cole (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1706 (some sources give 1700). Bishop's transcripts go back to 1561.
  • Sutton St. Edmund is in the East Elloe Deanery.
  • The Baptists and the Free Methodists had chapels here in the 1800's. 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 part of the Long Sutton sub-district of the Holbeach Registration District.
  • In 1891, Sutton St. Edmund became a part of the Gedney Hill sub-district within the Holbeach Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Sutton St. Edmund is a parish and a village about 100 miles north of London, 14 miles southeast from Spalding and 5 miles west of the A1101 trunk road that runs between Wisbech and Long Sutton. Gedney Hill parish lies to the west, separated by a cut of the South Holland Main Drain. Cambridgeshire to the south and east, also defined by a drainage cut. The area is typical fenland: marshy and flat, drained by several small canals and the larger South Holland Main Drain.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, consider taking the B1166 arterial road west out of Wisbech. It will take you across the south end of the parish.
  • There is caravan parking and camping just south of the village, near the B1166 road.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Sutton St Edmunds which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF369133 (Lat/Lon: 52.70047, 0.024633), Sutton St Edmunds which are provided by:


Military History

  • In the middle of the village is a granite cross, erected to memorialize the men of the parish who perished in World War I.

Military Records

  • For World War I and World War II, see the Roll of Honour site for a list of those who served.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Sutton St. Edmund is from the Old English suth+tun, or "southern village", with the church name attached.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics and Government

  • This parish was formed from Long Sutton civil parish in December, 1866. Prior to that, the area had been a chapelry of Long Sutton.
  • The parish was in the ancient Elloe Wapentake in the South Holland district in the parts of Holland.
  • For local parish governance, visit the Sutton St Edmund Parish Council site. Be aware, they are NOT staffed to answer family history questions.
  • For today's district governance, visit the South Holland District Council site.
  • In March, 1884. the Hospital Drove portion of this Civil Parish was transfered to Sutton St. Mary Civil Parish.
  • In April, 1934. this Civil Parish gained 82 acres from Parson Drove Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



Year Inhabitants
1831 626
1871 734
1881 676
1891 645
1901 600
1911 652
1921 677


  • There was a school here, rebuilt in 1856 and enlarged in 1871. In the 1870's it had about 55 students.
  • Sutton St. Edmund's School was built in 1896 to hold 100 students. It was initially simply called "The Board School".
  • Southeau School was built in 1898 to hold 70 students.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.

Note: Sections marked (JB) were contributed by John R. G. Bland of Lincolnshire.