Donington, Lincolnshire

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Church of St Mary and the Holy Rood, Donington
Grid reference: TF212355
Location: 52°54’15"N, 0°11’54"W
Population: 2,805  (2011[1])
Post town: Spalding
Postcode: PE11
Dialling code: 01775
Local Government
Council: South Holland
South Holland and The Deepings

Donington is a large village and parish in the Holland part of Lincolnshire. It is situated eight miles north of the market town of Spalding on the A152 road, and is bypassed by the A52. Donington also conveniently sits between the A16 and A17. The parish includes the hamlet of Northorpe,[2] and falls within the drainage area of the Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board.[3] Donington is the birthplace of the explorer Matthew Flinders.


The village has one public house, The Black Bull. There is also a Co-op and a Costcutter in the Market Place. Though Donington is on an operating passenger rail line with stopping services it has no station, and there has been no campaign to reopen the closed station, though in 2008 Hull Trains proposed reopening as a railhead to nearby Boston for a direct Lincoln to London service.

Donington has football teams for two age groups: Old Doningtonians for over eighteens, and Young Dons (established in 1996) for anyone under that age; Old Dons play in the Saturday Boston League and Young Dons on a Sunday in the Mid-Lincolnshire Junior League.

There are two schools; the Donington Cowley Endowed Primary School, and the Thomas Cowley Academy with its four house system - Cowley, Flinders, Bass and Swift. The current Head of House for Cowley, and the head of P.E. is former Arsenal goalkeeper Chris Wright.

Other local amenities include Tulipland Butchers, Vanity Fayre Hair Stylists, Corner House Flowers, Jessops Bakers, and Pets and Produce delivering locally grown fruit and vegetables. Employing around 100 people, George Barnsdale is one of the main employers in the village and have been manufacturing timber windows and doors for over 130 years, making it one of the longest standing also.

For the children there is the Teen Skate Park for 11+, and the local park and playpark.


Donington's Grade-I-listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Mary and the Holy Rood.[4] The church is almost a complete combination of early Decorated and late Perpendicular style. Its chancel, however, is mainly Early English. The church tower and spire rise to 240 ft.[5]

The Thomas Cowley School is a partly Grade-II-listed building.[6][7] The school is a non-selective secondary school for pupils aged 11 to 16.


  1. "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. "Northorpe hamlet". Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. "The Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board". 
  4. National Heritage List England no. 1064449: Church of St Mary and the Holy Rood (Historic England)
  5. Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire pp. 117, 118; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  6. National Heritage List England no. 1064457: Old School Building at Cowleys School (Historic England)
  7. National Heritage List England no. 1166210: North Wing of Cowleys School (Historic England)

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