Benington, Hertfordshire

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St Peters Church, Benington
Benington is located in Hertfordshire
 Benington shown within Hertfordshire
Population 1,000 (Parish)
Civil parish Benington
District East Hertfordshire
Shire county Hertfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SG2
Dialling code 01438
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North East Hertfordshire
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Benington is a village and civil parish in the East Hertfordshire district of Hertfordshire, England, about four miles east of Stevenage and 35 miles north of London. It is a small, picturesque village set in the Hertfordshire countryside and has been described as one of the most attractive villages in the county.[1]


There are two theories regarding the naming of the village. One comes from Saxon times and is derived from the name of the river to the west of the village - the Beane. The middle syllable 'ing' is common in place names all over south-east England and means 'people', Benington therefore meaning The Town of the Beane Folk. The second view is that Benington is a corruption of the name 'Belinton' which appears in the Domesday Book. This is thought to mean the town of Bela's people, after the name of the man who led the first group of immigrants to the area.[2]


According to the 2001 census it had a population of 922, which is now estimated at just over 1000.


The village has a strong farming history, and much of the surrounding countryside is still agricultural.


The village has an airstrip to the south south west—Position: N51°52.95 W000°07.37

The village is served by a local bus route, number 384, between Stevenage and Hertford, which additionally links it to Walkern, Dane End, and Tonwell.

Local facilities

It has two churches, a primary school and two public houses.

Benington Lordship

Benington Lordship is a Georgian manor house which is situated to the west of the village. The gardens surrounding the house stretch over seven acres and also feature the remains of a Norman castle and moat. The gardens are well known for their snowdrops and views over the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside. The gardens also feature a Victorian folly, kitchen garden, contemporary sculptures, carp pond, wildlife areas and rose gardens.[3]

Nature reserve

Benington High Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[4][5]


  1. Whitelaw, Jeffery W (1988). Hidden Hertfordshire. Countryside Books. p. 31. ISBN 1853060259.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Benington Village Hertfordshire (2005) " Website - History"
  3. Bennington Lordship Gardens (2006) "Website Home Page"
  4. "Benington High Wood citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 3 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Map of Benington High Wood". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 3 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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