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
Location within Lincolnshire
Population2,018 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK835445
• London105 mi (169 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWARK
Postcode districtNG23
Dialling code01400
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°59′29″N 0°45′27″W / 52.9913°N 0.7575°W / 52.9913; -0.7575Coordinates: 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] reducing to 2,018 at the 2011 Census.[2]


Long Bennington Priory was an Alien house granted in 1462 to the priory of Mount Grace.[3] 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.[4]


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.

In December 1968 a bypass was constructed, with construction starting in January 1967; it was planned to start in December 1965.[5] 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.[6][7] 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 North of Long Bennington to Shire Bridge section started construction in March 1968, and also finished in December 1968, with the village's bypass.

The British Frozen Food Federation[8] is 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.[9]

Further south, next to Leicestershire, near Three Shire Oak, is the Roseland Business Park.[10] Bennington Carriages[11], west of the village and the bypass at Authorpe Farm, have a Royal warrant.


Long Bennington has a parish council consisting of 11 councillors.[12] The village is twinned with the Normandy village of Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse.[1] There is a Methodist chapel, St Swithin's Anglican church, and a primary school.[13] Its public houses are the Reindeer, Royal Oak and Whittakers[citation needed]. The village has a football team and a bowls team.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Home". Long Bennington Parish Council. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  3. ^ Page, William, ed. (1906). A History of the County of Lincoln. 2. London: Victoria County History. p. 242.
  4. ^ Howarth, David Armine (2008). 1066: The Year of the Conquest. Paw Prints. p. 165. ISBN 9781439512425.
  5. ^ "Network changes - 1960s". Roaders Digest. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Concrete Roads Get The Quiet Treatment". Highways Agency. 17 October 2001. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  7. ^ Mumby, A (7 November 2002). "Road to rue in, Letters". New Civil Engineer. EMAP. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ BFFF
  9. ^ DRS
  10. ^ Roseland Business Park
  11. ^ Bennington Carriages
  12. ^ "The Parish Council". Long Bennington Parish Council. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Clubs, Facilities & Amenities". Long Bennington Parish Council. Retrieved 1 June 2015.

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