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|Population||9,131 (2011 UK census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Bingham is a market town in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, England. Situated nine miles (14.5 km) east of Nottingham and 11.7 miles (18.8 km) south-west of Newark-on-Trent, the town had a population of 9,131 at the 2011 UK census (up from 8,655 in 2001). In November 2013 it was named the best town in England and Wales to raise a family.
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.
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
Bingham Leisure Centre has sports facilities and a swimming pool. The facilities are attached to Toot Hill School.
There used to be six pubs in the town, of which four remain as such: the White Lion, the Butter Cross Wetherspoons (formerly The Crown), the Chesterfield at Bingham, and the Horse and Plough. The Moot House has been redeveloped, and the former Bingham has reopened as a pub-restaurant and has been renamed the Wheatsheaf.
Bingham has Scout troops totalling around 140 young people. 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 Lawn Tennis Club
- Bingham Leisure Centre Archery Club
- Bingham Sub-Aqua Club
- Vale of Belvoir Cycling Club
Trent Barton provides a frequent and well used public bus service into Nottingham. Bingham's railway station provides a less frequent service to and beyond Nottingham and Grantham.
- 6: Bingham – Grantham
- 24: Bingham – Melton Mowbray
- 54: Bingham – Newark
- Rushcliffe Main Line: Bingham – Radcliffe – West Bridgford – Nottingham (fastest Bingham–Nottingham route)
- Rushcliffe villager 1: Bingham – East Bridgford – Radcliffe – West Bridgford – Nottingham
- Rushcliffe villager 2: Bingham – Whatton – Barnstone – Cropwell Bishop – Cotgrave – Gamston – West Bridgford – Nottingham
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