Church of St Swithun, Long Bennington
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Long Bennington is a linear village and civil parish in South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England, just off the A1 road, 7 miles (11 km) north of Grantham and 5 miles (8 km) south of Newark-on-Trent. It had a population of 2,100 in 2014, which fell to 2,018 at the 2011 Census.
Long Bennington Priory was an Alien house granted in 1462 to the priory of Mount Grace. The village has connections with the Younghusband family, whose members include the first western man to enter Lhasa. Long Bennington is supposed to be the last place where King Harold of Wessex camped before the Battle of Hastings.
On the morning of Friday 14 January 1966, coming back from a concert at the University of Hull, the group Manfred Mann were injured when their Ford Zodiac, driven by Anthony Hales, skidded on ice in the village. They were taken to Grantham Hospital; the leader singer, Manfred Mann, had a chest injury.
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 between London and Edinburgh.
In December 1968 a bypass was opened. It was made of concrete and excessively noisy until it was resurfaced with tarmac in 2003, at a cost of £4.4 million. West Kesteven Rural District Council did not like the ideas for the £942,000 Long Bennington bypass, calling it an absolute waste of money, and good food-producing land.
The British Frozen Food Federation is based in the village. Leonardo DRS (DRS Technologies UK) have a facility in the north of the village on the Long Bennington Business Park, where they have their Air Systems EW Test business.
Long Bennington has a parish council consisting of 11 councillors. The village is twinned with the Normandy village of Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse. It contains a Methodist chapel, St Swithin's Anglican church, and a primary school. Its public houses are the Reindeer, the Royal Oak and Whittakers. The village has a football team and a bowls team.
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- Grantham 1951-2000
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- Roseland Business Park
- Bennington Carriages
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- Royal Oak.