Donington (sometimes "Donnington") is both a village, a market town and a parish. It lies 110 miles north of London, 10 miles north of Spalding and 10 miles to the southwest of Boston. The parish is bounded on the north by Bicker parish and on the south by Quadring parish. The parish covers over 5,800 acres and includes the hamlet of Northorpe. The area is flat fenland, drained by many small canals.
The nearby "Forty Foot Drain" used to be an important route for barge trade to Boston.
The village lies just off the A52 trunk road. If you are planning a visit:
Market Day used to be held on Saturday and there were agricultural fairs held on May 25th and October 17th.
Wikes Farm used to be the only Heronry in this part of England. The Herons would arrive in February and depart in September.
The most famous son of Donington was Capt. Matthew FLINDERS (1775 - 1814). Born in Donington, he died in London. He was the driving force behind getting the name Australia adopted for what was then known as New Holland.
The name Donington is from the Old English duning+tun, or "Estate of Dunna". In the 1086 Domesday book, the village is given as Duninctune. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]