Visit Donington and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Donington, Lincolnshire. An ancient little town, once the most important flax and hemp centre, and still a flourishing twice-yearly venue for horse and cattle fairs. The earliest attempts at reclamation were made here in the Fentand by the Romans at Carr Dyke and the Roman Bank. Traces remain of Salters Way, built by them from the Midlands to the coast. Subsequent silting up of the Wash has recovered a 10-mile stretch for cultivation.
The market place is still cobbled and has Georgian and earlier houses and a delightful grammar school founded in the 18th century by Thomas Cowley “for twenty poor children to be taught to read English and write”. Over the old portico is a sundial dated 1719.
The church has a fine Decorated tower and spire rising to 200 ft, built in the 14th century and surmounted by a golden ball and weathercock.
Donington was the birthplace of Matthew Flinders in 1774. He went to sea after reading Robinson Crusoe, and travelled with Bligh, after the Bounty mutiny, and with Bass of Boston. He was the first to discover the error of compasses due to iron in ships, and he died in Donington on the day of the publication of a book on his voyages, in 1814.
Nearby towns: Boston, Bourne, Sleaford, Spalding
Nearby villages: Algarkirk, Amber Hill, Asgarby, Bicker, Billingborough, Birthorpe, Brothertoft, Burton Pedwardine, Dunsby, Ewerby, Fosdyke, Frampton, Frith Bank, Gosberton, Great Hale, Hacconby, Heckington, Helpringham, Horbling, Howell, Hubberts Bridge, Humby, Kirton, Millthorpe, Pinchbeck, Pointon, Quadring, Rippingale, Scredington, Surfleet, Sutterton, Swaton, Weston, Whaplode, Wigtoft, Wyberton
Have you decided to visit Donington or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Donington bed and breakfast (a Donington B&B or Donington b and b)
- a Donington guesthouse
- a Donington hotel (or motel)
- a Donington self-catering establishment, or
- other Donington accommodation