Church of St Swithun, Long Bennington
Long Bennington shown within Lincolnshire
|OS grid reference|
|- London||105 mi (169 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Sleaford and North Hykeham|
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 (11.3 km) north from Grantham and 5 miles (8.0 km) south from Newark-on-Trent.
Long Bennington has a population of 1,847.citation needed
Long Bennington Priory was an Alien house granted in 1462 to the priory of Mount Grace.1 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.citation needed
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 December 1968, when a bypass was constructed.citation needed It was made from concrete and had a high-pitched musical sound when driving along it,2 but was resurfaced with tarmac in 2003, at a cost of £4.4m.34
Long Bennington has a parish council consisting of 11 councillors. The village is twinned with the Normandy village of Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse. There is a Methodist chapel, St Swithun's Anglican church, and a primary school. Its public houses are the Reindeer, Royal Oak and the Wheatsheaf. The village has a football team, a bowls team and a youth club.citation needed
- "Priory of Long Bennington". Alien Houses. Victoria County History. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- "Long Bennington Bypass (A1): experimental sections of trunk road used as test bed for different types of road service; correspondence with local authority". National archive. 1967-1976. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- "CONCRETE ROADS GET THE QUIET TREATMENT". Highways Agency. 17 October 2001. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- Mumby, A (7 November 2002). "Road to rue in (letter)". New Civil Engineer. EMAP. Retrieved 30 July 2013.