Coningsby

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Coordinates: 53°06′18″N 0°10′31″W / 53.1051°N 0.1752°W / 53.1051; -0.1752

Coningsby
High Street, Coningsby - geograph.org.uk - 429925.jpg
High Street (A153)
Coningsby is located in Lincolnshire
Coningsby
Coningsby
 Coningsby shown within Lincolnshire
Area  14.67 km2 (5.66 sq mi)
Population 3,864 [1]
    - Density  263 /km2 (680 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TF2258
    - London 110 mi (180 km)  S
District East Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LINCOLN
Postcode district LN4
Dialling code 01526
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Louth and Horncastle
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Coningsby /ˈkʌnɪŋzbɪ/ is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England.

Geography[edit]

Bridge over the River Bain

Taking its name from the Old Norse 'konungr' meaning 'King' with an Old Norse suffix 'by' meaning 'the settlement of' which gives Coningsby the meaning 'The Settlement of the King'. Coningsby lies approximately 7 miles (11 km) south from Horncastle, and on the A153 Horncastle to Sleaford road, with the Lincolnshire Wolds to the west and the Fens to the east. The B1192 Kirton to Woodhall Spa road passes through the town. At its western end it meets the village of Tattershall, demarcated by the River Bain. A railway line, which once passed through the village, opened on 1 July 1913 and closed on 5 July 1970. The Coldham Road Industrial Estate now occupies the site of the former Coningsby railway station. The Line was officially known as the Kirkstead and Little Steeping Railway though it was universally known by the local people and the railway workers as 'The New Line'.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Coningsby St Michael's C of E Primary School is on School Lane. The secondary modern school, the Gartree Community School, is just outside the Coningsby boundary in Tattershall, near the A153. Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle provides sixth form education with enrollment open to pupils graduating from both Gartree and other Secondary Modern Schools. Pupils may also choose to attend school in nearby Tattershall and other towns.[citation needed]

The nearest further education college is in Boston. In late March 2008, renovation on the Tattershall/Coningsby Library included a small learning centre provided by Boston College.[citation needed]

Parish church[edit]

Church of St Michael and All Angels

Coningsby is overseen by the tower of its 15th-century parish church, St Michael's, with its one-handed clock face. One of the few in the country (there is another at St Andrew's in Holt, Norfolk), it is stated by Coningsby Parish Council to be the largest of its kind in the world.[citation needed] The face is painted directly onto the wall of the tower and was probably installed in the 17th century. It is 16.5 feet in diameter and its hand is nearly 9 feet long. The driving weights are large stones and its pendulum swings once every two seconds. The pendulum is not attached to the clock but some distance away, linked by a connecting rod. There are three wheels in the timekeeping mechanism which needs winding once a day. The tower on which the clock face is painted is on the outside of the building. There is an arched passage under the tower which is part of a public footpath from the A153 High Street to the School on School lane, through the churchyard.[citation needed]

Amenities[edit]

Public houses include the Black Swan and the White Bull, both on High Street, and the Lea Gate Inn on Leagate Road (B1192).

RAF Coningsby[edit]

Typhoon takes off in February 2008
Main article: RAF Coningsby

Half a mile (1 km) to the south of the village lies RAF Coningsby, one of the Royal Air Force’s most important stations, home of No. XI Squadron, No. 3 Squadron, No. XVII Squadron and No. 29 Squadron. The base is part of Britain’s heritage, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight formed in 1957 to commemorate the Royal Air Force's major battle honours, with a Lancaster, five Spitfires, two Hurricanes and a Dakota. These aircraft still fly and can be seen at air shows during summer.[2] From 1950 RAF Coningsby was home to three squadrons of 'Washingtons', the RAF name for the American B29 bombers, and for the first 18 months these were maintained by National Service technicians whose conscription was extended to 24 months because of their particular skills.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

Pellcroft Engineering Ltd., located in Coningsby, is a company selling agricultural fans.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census, 2011
  2. ^ "Welcome to RAF BBMF", RAF BBMF. Retrieved 9 July 2013

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