Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for SUTTON-BRIDGE

SUTTON-BRIDGE, a small town and a chapelry in Long Sutton parish, Lincoln. The town stands on the river Nen, 3 miles above its influx to the Wash, and on the Wisbeach and Lynn railway, 7½ miles N by E of Wisbeach; originated in the construction of a bridge in 1831; is a sub-port, with a good quay and warehouses; consists chiefly of a long one-sided street, with one or two short streets, and several genteel detached residences; carries on commerce in corn, coal, timber, and other goods; and has a post-office‡ under Wisbeach, a r. station with telegraph, a hotel, a custom-house, and a coastguard station. The original bridge was superseded, in 1850, at a cost of more than £20,000, by a large iron swing bridge. The depth of water, at full tide, close to the bridge, is sufficient to float a man-of-war. A lofty embanked road goes from the bridge along the Cross-Keys Wash; and occasioned the reclamation of many thousand acres of land from the sea.—The chapelry was constituted in 1845. Pop. in 1861, 1,565. Houses, 319. About two-thirds of the houses, and nearly all the land, belong to Guy's Hospital, London. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £200 Patron, the Bishop of L. The church was built in 1843, and is in the early English style. There are three dissenting chapels and a national school.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a small town"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Long Sutton CP       Lincolnshire AncC
Place: Sutton Bridge

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