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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, reducing 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 King Harold of Wessex camped before the Battle of Hastings.

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. 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. 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 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.

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

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 Swithin’s Anglican church, and a primary school.

Its public houses are the Reindeer, Royal Oak and Whittakers.cropped-reindeer.jpg

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