In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Sutton Bridge like this:
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 The original bridge was superseded, in 1850, at a cost of more than £20,000, by a large iron swing bridge.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.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Sutton Bridge has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Holland. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Sutton Bridge and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Sutton Bridge, in South Holland and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 12th December 2013
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