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St John the Baptist, Sutterby, Lincolnshire

(53°13′50″N, 0°4′24″E)
TF 385 724
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
21 July 1998

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Feature Sets

On the southern slope of the Wolds stands this small, abandoned church of nave and chancel, isolated even from the tiny hamlet in East Lindsey with which it is associated. It consists of a nave and chancel with a S porch to the nave. A wooden screeen divides the nave from the chancel. Pevsner (1964, 384) reports a 'wonky brick bellcote' but this is no longer there. Construction is of greenstone. Since 1981 the church has been in the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches. The blocked N doorway of the nave is Romanesque.


In 1086 Sutterby was held by Hugh, Earl of Chester, as sokeland of his manor of Drayton. Together with Dalby and Dexthorpe it was assessed at 15 carucates to the geld. In 1219 it was recorded as a gift from Hugh of Wells, Bishop of Lincoln, to the Benedictine nuns in Chester, who held the advowson.


Exterior Features



Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 195968

  1. N. Pevsner and J. Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1964, 384.
  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 730.

Victoria County History: Cheshire, 3, (London 1980, 146-50.

J. Vigar, 'Church of St John the Baptist Sutterby, a guide to its history', Friends of Friendless Churches nd.