Benington, Hertfordshire

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St Peter's Church, Benington
Benington is located in Hertfordshire
Benington shown within Hertfordshire
Population 908 (2011 Census)[1]
Civil parish
  • Benington
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SG2
Dialling code 01438
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
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51°53′46″N 0°06′45″W / 51.8962°N 0.1126°W / 51.8962; -0.1126Coordinates: 51°53′46″N 0°06′45″W / 51.8962°N 0.1126°W / 51.8962; -0.1126

Benington is a village and civil parish in the East Hertfordshire district of Hertfordshire, England, about four miles east of Stevenage and 35 miles north of London.


There are two theories regarding the naming of the village. One comes from Saxon times and is derived from the name of the river to the west of the village - the Beane. The middle syllable 'ing' is common in place names all over south-east England and means 'people', Benington therefore meaning The Town of the Beane Folk. The second view is that Benington is a corruption of the name 'Belinton' which appears in the Domesday Book. This is thought to mean the town of Bela's people, after the name of the man who led the first group of immigrants to the area.[2]


According to the 2001 census it had a population of 922. At the 2011 Census the population had reduced to 908.[1]


The village has a strong farming history, and much of the surrounding countryside is still agricultural.

Ernest Doe and sons is located on Whempstead road in the village. They are an agricultural, horticultural and construction dealer. The shop sells everything you may need to maintain your garden.


The village has an airstrip to the south south west—Position: N51°52.95 W000°07.37

The village is served by a local bus route, number 384, between Stevenage and Hertford, which additionally links it to Walkern, Dane End, and Tonwell.

Local facilities[edit]

It has two churches, a primary school and two public houses. The Bell is a grade II* listed building.

Benington Lordship[edit]

Benington Lordship is a Georgian manor house which is situated to the west of the village. The gardens surrounding the house stretch over seven acres and also feature the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle.[3] The gardens are well known for their snowdrops and views over the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside. The gardens also feature a Victorian folly, kitchen garden, contemporary sculptures, carp pond, wildlife areas and rose gardens.[4]

Nature reserve[edit]

Benington High Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Benington Village Hertfordshire (2005) " Website - History"
  3. ^ Benington Castle
  4. ^ Bennington Lordship Gardens (2006) "Website Home Page"
  5. ^ "Benington High Wood citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Map of Benington High Wood". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 

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