Church of The Holy Cross, Great Ponton
Great Ponton shown within Lincolnshire
|Population||333 2001 Census|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||95 mi (153 km) S|
|Civil parish||Great Ponton|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||NG33 5xx|
|Dialling code||01476 53xxxx|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Grantham and Stamford|
Great Ponton is a village and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 3 miles (5 km) south of Grantham, on the A1 trunk road, which bisects the village. The tower of the parish church is a landmark beside the road. In the 2001 Census, the population of the village was recorded as 333, of whom all were of white ethnic origin and 87% described themselves as Christian. The average age was 40.
On 12 October 1932 Flt Lt Harold Marett and Acting Pilot Officer Adrian White, from No 3 Flying Training School, crashed their RAF aeroplane in a field. The passenger in the plane had attempted to parachute.
On 4 March 2000 a train broke down nearby after a fire broke out in one of its air-conditioning units, and about one hundred passengers were evacuated.
Great Ponton is situated on the A1 approximately 3 miles (5 km) south of Grantham. A footbridge provides pedestrian access from the west of the village to the east over the A1. To the east is the River Witham and the East Coast Main Line.
Nearby villages include Stoke Rochford, Stroxton and Little Ponton. To the north is the parish of Little Ponton and Stroxton, and the parish boundary crosses the A1 at 200 metres south of the electricity pylons, opposite Gibbet Hill, to the west. Due east, it crosses Ermine Street (B6403) south of Ponton Park Wood. It meets Boothby Pagnell west of Boothby Great Wood, and the boundary skirts the wood's western edge. East of Ponton Great Wood, on the road to Boothby Pagnell, it meets Bitchfield and Bassingthorpe, with the boundary following the road westwards, to the north of Bassingthorpe New Plantation.
It follows the western side of the plantation southwards to the Bassingthorpe road, west of Stoke Tunnel Farm, where it meets Stoke Rochford. It follows the road, south of Pasture Farm, to the west of the East Coast Main Line road bridge, and from the bridge follows due west to the A1 at North Lodge Plantation, and meets Cringle Brook, which meanders alongside the A1 northwards to the village. The boundary passes to the south of Cindertrack Plantation, and to the north of Halfmoon Plantation, where it meets Wyville cum Hungerton. A half mile north it meets Little Ponton and Stroxton.
High Dyke, a small hamlet, is situated 1 mile (1.6 km) south-east from Great Ponton, where the East Coast Main Line bridges across the High Dyke road.
The stretch of the A1 at Great Ponton is an accident blackspot. There is a garage-cum-shop at the Ponton Main Service Station on the north-bound carriageway of the A1; The Blue Horse village public house is on the south-bound carriageway.
The village church is dedicated to the Holy Cross and is in the Colsterworth Group of churches, which includes Little Ponton. Its tall pinnacled tower was built in 1519 by Anthony Ellys, a wool merchant who lived in the Manor House. Ellys Manor House is open to the public. The church weather vane is a gilded fiddle. Educationalist Charles Hoole was the vicar in 1642–46 and Joshua William Brooks was rector, 1864–82.
Great Ponton primary school is on Mill Lane.