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.
1841H.O. 107 / 611
1851H.O. 107 / 2097
1861R.G. 9 / 2326
1871R.G. 10 / 3327
1891R.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 & 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 & 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





  • 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.