Donington, Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 52°54′15″N 0°11′54″W / 52.904035°N 0.19824609°W / 52.904035; -0.19824609


St Mary and the Holy Rood church, Donington
OS grid reference TF 21280 35586
Civil parish Donington
District South Holland
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Spalding
Postcode district PE11
Dialling code 01775
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament South Holland and The Deepings
List of places

Donington is a village and civil parish in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies 8 miles (13 km) north of the market town of Spalding on the A152, and is bypassed by the A52. The parish includes the hamlet of Northorpe, and falls within the drainage area of the Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board. Donington is the birthplace of the explorer Matthew Flinders.

Donington Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Mary and the Holy Rood. 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 feet.

Thomas Cowley School, parts of which are Grade II listed, was founded by Thomas Cowley in 1701 to teach twenty poor children to read and write. Explorer Matthew Flinders studied at the school (now called Thomas Cowley High School) as did Lord (Donald) Bruce of Donington, a Labour peer who helped establish the NHS. The school was also amongst the first 12 teams to ever play for the F.A Cup in 1871-72. They were drawn in t the fist round to the prominent Scottish team Queens Park. As neither teams could agree on a date both teamed progressed to the second round. This tie resulted in the school withdrawing from the competition.

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

The village has three public houses: the Queen Inn, the Black Swan and the Black Bull. There is also a Coop in the Market Place.