Church of St Mary and the Holy Rood, Donington
Donington shown within Lincolnshire
|Population||2,614 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||100 S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||South Holland and The Deepings|
Donington is a large village and civil parish in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 8 miles (13 km) north from the market town of Spalding on the A152, and is bypassed by the A52. The parish includes the hamlet of Northorpe, and falls within the drainage area of the Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board. Donington is the birthplace of the explorer Matthew Flinders.
The village has two public houses: the Queen Inn and the Black Bull. There is also a Coop and a Costcutter in the Market Place. Though Donington is on an operating passenger rail line with stopping services it has no station, and there has been no campaign to reopen the closed station, though in 2008 Hull Trains proposed reopening as a railhead to nearby Boston for a direct Lincoln to London service.
Donington has football teams for two age groups: Old Doningtonians for over eighteens, and Young Dons (established in 1996) for anyone under that age; Old Dons play in the Saturday Boston League and Young Dons on a Sunday in the Mid-Lincolnshire Junior League.
Donington Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Mary and the Holy Rood. The church is almost a complete combination of early Decorated and late Perpendicular style. Its chancel, however, is mainly Early English. The church tower and spire rise to 240 feet (73 m).
The Thomas Cowley School, parts of which are Grade II listed, was founded by Thomas Cowley in 1701 to teach twenty poor children to read and write. Explorer Matthew Flinders studied at the school, as did Lord Donald Bruce, a Labour peer who helped establish the NHS. The school was amongst the first 12 teams to ever play for the FA Cup in 1871-72. They were drawn in the first round to the prominent Scottish team Queens Park. As neither teams could agree on a date both teamed progressed to the second round. This tie resulted in the school withdrawing from the competition. The school is now a non-selective secondary school for pupils aged 11 to 16.
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