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Market Square with its buttercross
Bingham is located in Nottinghamshire
Population 9,131 (2011 UK census)
OS grid reference SK 70334 39950
  • Rushcliffe
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NG13
Dialling code 01949
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°57′07″N 0°57′11″W / 52.952°N 0.953°W / 52.952; -0.953

Bingham is a market town in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, England, 9 miles (14 km) east of Nottingham, 11.7 miles (18.8 km) south-west of Newark-on-Trent and 14.5 miles (23.3 km) west of Grantham. The town had a population of 9,131 at the 2011 census (up from 8,655 in 2001, with an estimated 10,197 in 2019).


Bingham lies near the junction of the A46 (the old Fosse Way) and the A52, about nine miles (14 km) east of Nottingham and similar distances south-west of Newark-on-Trent and west of Grantham. Neighbouring communities are Radcliffe-on-Trent, East Bridgford, Car Colston, Scarrington, Aslockton, Whatton in the Vale and Cropwell Butler. There is a market in the central Market Place every Thursday, and a farmers' market there on the third Saturday of the month.


The place-name Bingham seems to contain an Old English personal name, Bynna, + ingahām (Old English), The village of the people of . . . ; the village of the people called after . . .so probably, 'homestead/village of Bynna's people'.


The Romans built a fortress at Margidunum (Bingham) and a settlement at the river crossing at Ad Pontem (East Stoke) on the Fosse Way that joined Isca (Exeter) to Lindum (Lincoln). The south-east of Nottinghamshire later formed the wapentake of Bingham. Bingham acquired a market charter in 1341.

Dormitory town

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Eastern end of A52 bypass, which opened in December 1986

Bingham has expanded vastly since the 1950s, and most of the housing is relatively new. Most of the older buildings (including the Church of St. Mary and All Saints, Bingham, the oldest) are in the centre.

About 500 houses are being built bordering the A52 (Grantham Road) and the existing Mill Hill estate. There have been concerns that the 1000+ people who will move into these new houses will require more and improved services, which the local councils are so far proving reluctant to provide, despite the large sums gained for the Exchequer from the sale of the land in public ownership. Another 1000 houses are planned as part of 'Future Bingham', north of the railway line.

The A46, to the west of the town, was upgraded and completed in 2013 as a grade-separated dual-carriageway. The Widmerpool-Newark Improvement has been diverted to the west of the former Roman town to preserve the archaeology. The A52 bypass to the south of the town opened in December 1986.

Leisure and sports

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The Crown Inn

Of the six pubs in the town, four remain as such: the Butter Cross (Wetherspoons, formerly The Crown), the Horse and Plough (Castle Rock Brewery), the White Lion and the Wheatsheaf.

Bingham Leisure Centre has sports facilities and a swimming pool. These are attached to Toot Hill School.

Bingham has Scout troops with about 140 young members: 1st Bingham Scouts includes Beavers and Cubs.

The town's sports clubs are:

  • British Canoe Union
  • Bingham Town Youth Football Club
  • Bingham Cricket Club
  • Bingham Rugby Club
  • Bingham Badminton Club
  • Bingham Lawn Tennis Club
  • Bingham Leisure Centre Archery Club
  • Bingham Sub-Aqua Club
  • Bingham Penguins – Swimming Club
  • Vale of Belvoir Cycling Club
  • Vale Judo Club


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Bingham railway station

Trentbarton provides a frequent public bus service into Nottingham. Bingham's main railway station provides an hourly service to and beyond Nottingham and Grantham and to Skegness along the Poacher Line. Another station south of Bingham named Bingham Road was opened on the Nottingham-Leicester-Northampton Line. It closed in 1951 to passengers and 1964 to freight. The station site has been demolished and the trackbed is now used as a greenway.

Bus services

  • Vectare: 833 Bingham Circular via Cropwell Bishop, Langar, Orston and Aslockton
  • Centrebus:
  • X6: Bingham–Grantham Trentbarton:
  • Rushcliffe Mainline: Bingham–Radcliffe–West Bridgford–Nottingham (fastest Bingham–Nottingham route)
  • Rushcliffe Villager 1: Bingham–East Bridgford–Radcliffe–West Bridgford–Nottingham.

The A46, to the west of the town, was upgraded and completed in 2013 as a grade-separated dual carriageway. The Widmerpool-Newark Improvement has been diverted to the west of the former Roman town to preserve archaeological remains. The A52 bypass to the south of the town opened in December 1986.

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Although Bingham is largely a dormitory town for Nottingham, it has several businesses and a busy centre. Its shop vacancy rate of 2 per cent contrasts with an East Midlands average of 16 per cent.* There are 20 takeaways and places to eat, 11 hairdressers/salons, 5 estate agents and 39 other retail outlets.

The open-air food market in the central Market Place takes place every Thursday and a farmers' market there on the third Saturday of the month. Bingham provides shopping, medical and other services to surrounding villages. Planning permission has been gained to build a large supermarket near the town centre, but construction has yet to begin. In March 2015 planning permission was given for two other chain supermarkets.

To the north of the town there is an industrial estate holding about 40 businesses. The largest include GWIBS 24/7, Focus Label Machinery, Trent Designs, XACT Document Solutions, The Workplace Depot and Water at Work, and a business club.


Bingham's four schools are Robert Miles Infant school, Robert Miles Junior School, Carnarvon Primary School and the comprehensive Toot Hill School.

Notable people

In birth order:

  • Thomas Foster (fl. 1820s), first-class cricketer with Nottingham Cricket Club (1827–28), was reportedly born in Bingham.
  • Robert Lowe, first Viscount Sherbrooke (1811–1892), was a statesman born in Bingham into the family of the Rector of the parish.
  • Thomas Brown (1848–1919), first-class cricketer (Nottinghamshire), was born in Bingham.
  • Philip Miles (1848–1933), first-class cricketer (Nottinghamshire), was born in Bingham.
  • John Brown (born 1862), first-class cricketer (Nottinghamshire) was born in Bingham.
  • Albert Widdowson (1864–1938), first-class cricketer (Derbyshire), was born in Bingham.
  • Harry Churchill Beet (1873–1946), awarded a Victoria Cross for valour at Wakkerstroom, South Africa, in the Second Boer War on 22 April 1900, was born at Brackendale Farm near Bingham.
  • Stafford Castledine (1912–1986), first-class cricketer (Nottinghamshire), was born in Bingham.
  • Mary Joynson (1924–2013), director of Barnardo's from 1973 to 1984, was born in Bingham.
  • Spencer Cozens (born 1965) is a Bingham-born musician, writer and producer.
  • Jonathan Stenner (born 1966), cricketer and gastroenterologist, was born in Bingham.
  • Joe Heyes (born 1999), from Bingham, is a professional rugby union player for Leicester Tigers.
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