Allington, Lincolnshire

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Village green, Allington
Grid reference: SK858402
Location: 52°57’9"N, 0°43’23"W
Population: 897  (2011)
Post town: Grantham
Postcode: NG32
Local Government
Council: South Kesteven
Grantham and Stamford

Allington is a village and civil parish in the Kesteven part of Lincolnshire. It is situated three miles north-west of Grantham. The 2001 Census gave a parish population of 728 in 329 households.[1] This increased to a population of 897 in 422 households in the 2011 census.[2]


Some evidence has been found of settlement in the Neolithic period. Roman artefacts have also been found nearby. The population at the time of the Domesday Book was about 300.[3] At the time of the Norman conquest the name of the village was Adelinctune.

Allington's Grade-II-listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.[4] East and West Allington parishes were combined in 1896 and St James's Church in East Allington, the smaller building of the two, was demolished.[5][6]

The poet George Crabbe (1754–1832) became the incumbent of Muston, Leicestershire and West Allington in 1789, remaining until 1792.[7] His Natural History of the Vale of Belvoir was a pioneering study of the district.[8] English Heritage gives the date of Crabbe's Allington incumbency as 1790 to 1814, but he was an absentee for most of the remaining years.[4]

The Welby family was associated with the village from the 18th century onwards.[9] During the Second World War, Allington Hall becoming a military hospital. A prisoner-of-war camp in the village held German and later Italian inmates. The estate was subsequently dispersed in 1947.[3]


The first school in the village was established on the village green in 1847. The school was moved to its present site in 1906. It was extended in 2003–04.[3] Allington with Sedgebrook Church of England Primary School is in Marston Lane, Allington.[10]

The village public house is the Welby Arms, which also provides meals and accommodation.[11][12] The Old Manor House, built about 1660, is now a hotel.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church belongs to the Saxonwell Group of Churches. A service is held every Sunday.[13]

The main sports facility is Allington Playing Field, which is owned by the Parish Council.[14] The Viking Way, Sewstern Lane, passed through the village until 1997, but was diverted to follow a road bridge over the A1.

Social groups that meet regularly cover morris dancing, gardening, a preschool and a women's institute. The Village Hall, built in 1929, has been modernised and is in frequent use. It includes a doctor's surgery.[15]

There are daytime weekday buses to Grantham.[16]The nearest railway stations are at Bottesford (five miles) and Grantham (5½ miles).


  1. "Neighbourhood statistics". 2001 census. Office for National Statistics.$ph=60_61&datasetInstanceId=3070&startColumn=1&numberOfColumns=4&containerAreaId=790460. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  2. "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 National Heritage List 1062909: Church of the Holy Trinity
  5. History Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  6. "Holy Trinity, Allington", Retrieved 23 June 2011
  7. Pugh, Kate: "Crabbe's First Years in Muston 1789–1792", Boston Living History Project. Retrieved 1 July 2013
  8. Wilson, John Marius : Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870–72.
  9. National Archives Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  10. Primary school, Retrieved 23 June 2011
  11. Pub site Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  12. "The Village Green, Allington", Retrieved 23 June 2011
  13. Group site Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  14. Playing field page Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  15. Village Hall Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  16. Services Retrieved 2 February 2018.

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