Bingham, Nottinghamshire

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Bingham
Bingham Market Square - geograph.org.uk - 324008.jpg
Market Square
Bingham is located in Nottinghamshire
Bingham
Bingham
 Bingham shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 9,000 (approx.)
OS grid reference SK705398
District Rushcliffe
Shire county Nottinghamshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NOTTINGHAM
Postcode district NG13
Dialling code 01949
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Newark
List of places
UK
England
Nottinghamshire

Coordinates: 52°57′00″N 0°57′14″W / 52.950°N 0.954°W / 52.950; -0.954

Bingham is a market town in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, England. In November 2013, Bingham was named the best town in the country to raise a family.

Geography[edit]

With a population of around 9,000 people, it lies about nine miles east of Nottingham, a similar distance south-west of Newark-on-Trent and west of Grantham. It is situated where the A46 (the old Fosse Way) intersects the A52. Every Thursday Bingham holds a market in the centre of the town, there is also a farmers' market on the third Saturday of each month held in the Market Place.

Twinning[edit]

  • Germany Wallenfels in Bavaria, Germany. In the past music groups have visited to and from the twinned towns, and a beer festival is held in Bingham every year.

History[edit]

Romans[edit]

The south east of Nottinghamshire traditionally formed the wapentake of Bingham. The Romans built a city at Margidunum (Bingham) and a settlement at the river crossing at Ad Pontem (East Stoke) on the Fosse Way that joined Isca (Exeter) to Lindum (Lincoln).[1]

Dormitory town[edit]

Eastern end of A52 bypass, which opened in December 1986

Bingham has expanded vastly since the 1950s with the majority of the housing being relatively new. Most of the more historic buildings (including the Church of St. Mary and All Saints, Bingham, the oldest) being in the centre. Approximately 500 houses are now being built bordering the A52 Grantham Road and the existing Mill Hill estate. There have been concerns that the 1000+ people who will move into these new houses will require more and improved services which so far the local councils are proving reluctant to provide, despite vast amounts of money being raised for the exchequer from the sale of the land to developers which was in public ownership.

Another 1000 houses are planned to be built as part of 'Future Bingham', North of the Railway line.[2]

The A46, to the west of the town, was upgraded and completed in 2013 to grade-separated dual-carriageway, which will increase traffic flow on the road, travelling in a much safer environment. The Widmerpool-Newark Improvement has been diverted to the west of the former Roman town to preserve the archaeology.

Things to do[edit]

Bingham Leisure Centre has sports facilities and a swimming pool. The facilities are attached to Toot Hill School.

The Crown

There are also six public houses in the town :

  • The Moot House
  • The White Lion
  • The Horse and Plough
  • The Bingham (recently reopened as a Bar and Restaurant)
  • The Butter Cross Wetherspoons (Formerly 'The Crown')
  • The Chesterfield at Bingham.

There are many types of cuisine to try in Bingham

  • La Coquette Crêperie & Waffle Kitchen

Bingham has a very active Scout Group, comprising around 140 young people.

Education[edit]

There are four schools in Bingham: Robert Miles Infant school, Robert Miles Junior School,[3] Carnarvon Primary School[4] and the comprehensive Toot Hill School.[5] Central College Nottingham also has a campus in the town.

Economy[edit]

Although Bingham is largely a Dormitory town for Nottingham, it does also have a number of thriving businesses and a busy town centre. The town has a shop vacancy rate of just 2% against an East Midlands average of 16%[6]*. There are 20 takeaways and/or places to eat, 11 Hairdressers/salons, 5 estate agents and 39 other retail outlets including a Sainsbury's, Cooperative Food, Boyes (opened 21 June 2013) and Boots the Chemists. Bingham also provides shopping, medical and other services to those living in the surrounding villages. Tesco Stores Limited have obtained planning permission to build a large supermarket near the town centre, construction has not yet commenced.

To the north of the town, there is an industrial estate with approximately 40 businesses. The largest of these include GWIBS 24/7 a privately owned company employing over 50 people and working in Mechanical, Electrical and IT Services. Other major companies on the estate include Focus Label Machinery, Trent Designs, XACT Document Solutions (National Specialists in Managed Print Services), The Workplace Depot (who manufacture mobile safety steps, trucks and trolleys), and Water at Work. In 2012, The Workplace Depot[7] won a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice.

Bingham Business Club[8] offers members the chance to meet and work together to generate revenue and help address the issues that face businesses in the area. They meet monthly and their website has a list of members, events and news.

In November 2013 Bingham was named as the best town in England and Wales in which to bring up a family.[9] The Family Investments Report cited factors such as excellent schools childcare provision, low crime and affordable housing.[10]

Television[edit]

Bingham was a location in Midlands film director Shane Meadows' film Twenty Four Seven, which contained scenes shot at Toot Hill top field, The Linear Walk and Bingham Boxing Club. Bingham has also been in two episodes of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet,[11] as well as some episodes of Crossroads, Woof! and Boon.

Robot Wars series 3, Jungle Run and scenes from Shane Meadows' 2006 film This is England were filmed nearby on the former RAF Newton site.

Notable incidents[edit]

At 02.45 GMT on Monday 6 February 2012 thieves used a tractor to steal the cash machines from the Natwest bank in the market square. The incident was featured on local and national news.[12][13] [14]

A woman from Bingham lies to Police about being sexually assaulted in a taxi cab.[15][16]


25 May 2014 - The Prime Minister David Cameron has breakfast in Bingham [17]

In a recent survey, Bingham was voted one of the UK's "Best places to live".[citation needed]

Sports[edit]

Transport[edit]

Railway station

Trent Barton provide frequent and well used public bus service into Nottingham for commuters, shoppers and nightlife.[22] Bingham also has its own railway station which provides a less frequent service to Nottingham, Grantham & beyond.

Bus services[edit]

Centrebus

  • 6: Bingham - Grantham
  • 24: Bingham - Melton Mowbray
  • 54: Bingham - Newark

Trent Barton

  • Xprss: Bingham - Nottingham
  • Radcliffe Line: Nottingham - Radcliffe - Gunthorpe - East Bridgford - Bingham

Signpost gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elston Parish Council". Newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  2. ^ "Future Bingham". Crown Estates. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Robert Miles Junior School". Robertmiles.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Carnarvon Primary School". Carnarvon.notts.sch.uk. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  5. ^ "Toot Hill School, Bingham, Nottinghamshire". Toothill.notts.sch.uk. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  6. ^ Datoo, Siraj (8 September 2011). "High street vacancy rates". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Environment at core of best business practice". Newark Advertiser. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bingham Business Club". Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  9. ^ The Independent (11 November 2013). "Where's the best place to bring up a family? It's Bingham". The Independent (London). Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.familyinvestments.co.uk/news/2012/hotspots2013/?view=Standard
  11. ^ "The Original Auf Wiedersehen Pet Homepage". Aufpet.com. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  12. ^ "Thieves use tractor to steal cash machine". BBC News. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  13. ^ Cooper, Rob (2012-02-06). "Now that's a hole in the wall! Brazen thieves use TRACTOR to tear cash machine out of bank". London: Mail Online. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  14. ^ Millard, Neil. "Hole in the wall. Bank raiders grab ATM with a tractor.". London: The Sun Newspaper. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  15. ^ Dolan, Andy (2013-07-04). "Woman jailed for lying to police that taxi driver had sexually assaulted her in his cab after he proved his innocence with a smartphone app recording of their conversation". Daily Mail (London). 
  16. ^ Grantham Journal http://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/local/bingham-woman-who-lied-about-taxi-driver-attack-is-jailed-1-5249717 |url= missing title (help). 
  17. ^ http://www.nottinghampost.com/Prime-Minister-David-Cameron-stops-breakfast/story-21140230-detail/story.html
  18. ^ Youth FC
  19. ^ Cricket Club
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ [2]
  22. ^ "xprss - home". Xprss.info. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 

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