Bingham shown within Nottinghamshire
|Population||9,131 (2011 UK census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Bingham is a market town in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, England. Situated nine miles east of the city of Nottingham and near to Newark-on-Trent, the town had a population of 9,131 at the 2011 UK census (up from 8,655 in 2001), and was in November 2013 named the best town in England and Wales to raise a family.
Bingham lies near the junction of the A46 (the old Fosse Way) and the A52, about nine miles (14 km) east of Nottingham and similar distances south-west of Newark-on-Trent and west of Grantham. Neighbouring communities are Radcliffe-on-Trent, East Bridgford, Car Colston, Scarrington, Aslockton, Whatton in the Vale and Cropwell Butler. There is a market in the central Market Place every Thursday, and a farmers' market there on the third Saturday of the month.
The place-name Bingham seems to contain an Old English personal name, Bynna, + ingahām (Old English), The village of the people of . . . ; the village of the people called after . . .so probably, 'homestead/village of Bynna's people'.
The Romans built a fortress 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). The south east of Nottinghamshire later formed the wapentake of Bingham.
Bingham has expanded vastly since the 1950s, and most of the housing is relatively new. Most of the older buildings (including the Church of St. Mary and All Saints, Bingham, the oldest) are in the centre.
About 500 houses are 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 the local councils are so far proving reluctant to provide, despite the large sums gained for the Exchequer from the sale of the land in public ownership. Another 1000 houses are planned as part of 'Future Bingham', north of the railway line.
The A46, to the west of the town, was upgraded and completed in 2013 as a grade-separated dual-carriageway. The Widmerpool-Newark Improvement has been diverted to the west of the former Roman town to preserve the archaeology. The A52 bypass to the south of the town opened in December 1986.
There are four schools in Bingham: Robert Miles Infant school, Robert Miles Junior School, Carnarvon Primary School and the comprehensive Toot Hill School. Central College Nottingham also has a campus in the town.
The Anglican parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints, Bingham, occupies a Grade I listed medieval building restored in 1845–46 and again in 1912. It has a peel of eight bells and a 19th-century organ. It belongs to the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. The new building of Bingham Methodist Church opened on 1 April 2016 at Eaton Place. It belongs to the Grantham and Vale of Belvoir Circuit.
Although Bingham is largely a dormitory town for Nottingham, it also has a number of thriving businesses and a busy centre. The town has a shop vacancy rate of just 2% against an East Midlands average of 16%.* There are 20 takeaways and places to eat, 11 hairdressers/salons, 5 estate agents and 39 other retail outlets. Bingham also provides shopping, medical and other services to those in the surrounding villages. Planning permission has been obtained to build a large supermarket near the town centre, but construction has not yet commenced. In March 2015 planning permission was granted for two other chain supermarkets.
To the north of the town is an industrial estate with about 40 businesses. The largest include GWIBS 24/7, a privately owned company employing over 50 people in mechanical, electrical and IT services. Others include Focus Label Machinery, Trent Designs, XACT Document Solutions, the Workplace Depot (manufacturing mobile safety steps, trucks and trolleys), and Water at Work. In 2012, The Workplace Depot won a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice. Bingham has a Business Club
In November 2013 Bingham was named by Family Investments as the best town in England and Wales in which to bring up a family. The report cited factors such as excellent schools, childcare provision, low crime and affordable housing.
Film and TV locations
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, as well as some episodes of Crossroads, Woof! and Boon.
Dickinson's Real Deal was filmed at the Bingham Leisure centre in 2015 and broadcast on TV on ITV1 in March 2016.
- Harry Churchill Beet, born at Brackendale Farm near Bingham, was award a Victoria Cross for valour shown on 22 April 1900 at Wakkerstroom, South Africa, during the Second Boer War.
- Thomas Brown (1848–1919), first class cricketer, was born in Bingham.
- Stafford Castledine (1912–1986), first class cricketer, was born in Bingham.
- Spencer Cozens (born 1965) is a Bingham-born musician, writer and producer.
- Mary Joynson, director of Barnardo's, the UK's largest children's charity, from 1973 to 1984, was born in Bingham.
- Robert Lowe, first Viscount Sherbrooke (1811–1892), was a British statesman born in Bingham into the family of the rector of the parish.
Leisure and sports
Bingham Leisure Centre has sports facilities and a swimming pool. The facilities are attached to Toot Hill School.
There used to be six pubs in the town, of which four remain as such: the White Lion, the Butter Cross Wetherspoons (formerly The Crown), the Chesterfield at Bingham, and the Horse and Plough. The Moot House has been redeveloped, and the Bingham reopened only briefly as a pub-restaurant.
The town's sports clubs are:
- British Canoe Union
- Bingham Town Youth Football Club
- Bingham Cricket Club
- Bingham Rugby Club
- Bingham Lawn Tennis Club
- Bingham Leisure Centre Archery Club
- Bingham Sub-Aqua Club
- Bingham Penguins - Swimming Club
- Vale Judo Club
- 6: Bingham – Grantham
- 24: Bingham – Melton Mowbray
- 54: Bingham – Newark
- Rushcliffe Main Line: Bingham – Radcliffe – West Bridgford – Nottingham (fastest Bingham–Nottingham route)
- Rushcliffe villager 1: Bingham – East Bridgford – Radcliffe – West Bridgford – Nottingham
- Rushcliffe villager 2: Bingham – Whatton – Barnstone – Cropwell Bishop – Cotgrave – Gamston – West Bridgford – Nottingham
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