St Peter's Church with one of its war memorials to the right
Benington is located in Hertfordshire
Location within Hertfordshire
Population908 (2011 Census)[1]
Civil parish
  • Benington
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSG2
Dialling code01438
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°53′46″N 0°06′45″W / 51.8962°N 0.1126°W / 51.8962; -0.1126

Benington is a village and civil parish in the East Hertfordshire district of Hertfordshire, England, about four miles east of Stevenage and 35 miles north of London.


There are two theories regarding the naming of the village. One comes from Saxon times and is derived from the name of the river to the west of the village - the Beane. The middle syllable 'ing' is common in place names all over south-east England and means 'people', Benington therefore meaning The Town of the Beane Folk. The second view is that Benington is a corruption of the name 'Belinton' which appears in the Domesday Book. This is thought to mean the town of Bela's people, after the name of the man who led the first group of immigrants to the area.[2]


According to the 2001 census it had a population of 922. At the 2011 Census the population had reduced to 908.[1]


The village has a strong farming history, and much of the surrounding countryside is still agricultural.


The village has an airstrip to the south south west—Position: N51°52.95 W000°07.37

The village is served by a local bus route, number 384, between Stevenage and Hertford, which additionally links it to Walkern, Dane End, and Tonwell.

Local facilities

It has two churches

There is also a primary school (Benington Church of England Primary School) and two public houses (the Lordship Arms and the Bell). The Bell is a late medieval hall house, listed grade II*.[3]

The Old Tower is a former Victorian water tower, now converted as a private residence.

Benington Lordship

Benington Lordship is a Georgian manor house which is situated to the west of the village. The grounds surrounding the house stretch over seven acres and also feature the remains of Benington Castle (a Norman motte and bailey castle).[4]

The gardens of Benington Lordship are well known for their snowdrops and views over the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside. The gardens also feature a Victorian folly, kitchen garden, contemporary sculptures, carp pond, wildlife areas and rose gardens.[5]

Nature reserve

Benington High Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[6][7]

In popular culture

The 2009 psychological horror found footage short film and web series No Through Road by Steven Chamberlain follows four seventeen-year-old teenagers en-route to Stevenage who find themselves trapped in a time loop along two road signs marking an intersection between Benington and Watton.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ Benington Village Hertfordshire (2005) " Website - History"
  3. ^ "The Bell Public House". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ Benington Castle
  5. ^ Bennington Lordship Gardens (2006) "Website Home Page"
  6. ^ "Benington High Wood citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Map of Benington High Wood". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  8. ^ Peters, Lucia (16 November 2020). "The Weird Part Of YouTube: The Making Of "No Through Road" And The Power Of Unanswered Questions". The Ghost in My Machine. Archived from the original on 16 November 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  9. ^ Kok, Nestor (18 March 2022). "Ghosts in the Machine: Trick-Editing, Time Loops, and Terror in "No Through Road"". F Newsmagazine. Retrieved 18 March 2022.