Long Bennington

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Long Bennington
St.Swithun's church, Long Bennington, Lincs. - geograph.org.uk - 70492.jpg
Church of St Swithun, Long Bennington
Long Bennington is located in Lincolnshire
Long Bennington
Long Bennington
 Long Bennington shown within Lincolnshire
Population 2,100 
OS grid reference SK835445
   – London 105 mi (169 km)  S
District South Kesteven
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWARK
Postcode district NG23
Dialling code 01400
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Sleaford and North Hykeham
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Coordinates: 52°59′29″N 0°45′27″W / 52.9913°N 0.7575°W / 52.9913; -0.7575

Long Bennington is a linear village and civil parish in South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies just off the A1 road, 7 miles (11 km) north of Grantham and 5 miles (8 km) south of Newark-on-Trent.

Long Bennington has a population of 2,100.[1]


Long Bennington Priory was an Alien house granted in 1462 to the priory of Mount Grace.[2] The village has connections with the Younghusband family whose members include the first western man to enter Lhasa.[citation needed] Long Bennington is supposed to be the last place King Harold of Wessex camped before the Battle of Hastings.[3]


The Viking Way has passed to the south-east since 1997 to avoid a direct crossing of the A1. The River Witham runs to the east. Lying beside the A1 road, the village main street was once the part of the Great North Road from London to Edinburgh until 1968 when a bypass was constructed.[4] It was made from concrete and made excessive road noise, but was resurfaced with tarmac in 2003 to mitigate this, at a cost of £4.4 million.[5][6]


Long Bennington has a parish council consisting of 11 councillors.[7] The village is twinned with the Normandy village of Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse.[1] There is a Methodist chapel, St Swithun's Anglican church, and a primary school.[8] Its public houses are the Reindeer, Royal Oak and Whittakers[citation needed]. The village has a football team and a bowls team.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Home". Long Bennington Parish Council. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Page, William, ed. (1906). A History of the County of Lincoln 2. London: Victoria County History. p. 242. 
  3. ^ Howarth, David Armine (2008). 1066: The Year of the Conquest. Paw Prints. p. 165. ISBN 9781439512425. 
  4. ^ "Network changes - 1960s". Roaders Digest. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Concrete Roads Get The Quiet Treatment". Highways Agency. 17 October 2001. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Mumby, A (7 November 2002). "Road to rue in, Letters". New Civil Engineer. EMAP. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Parish Council". Long Bennington Parish Council. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  8. ^ a b "Clubs, Facilities & Amenities". Long Bennington Parish Council. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 

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