Pictures of Benington
There is a sunlit stillness that pervades the curving country lanes of Benington. There is an atmosphere of cool and calm and one could be forgiven for thinking that the modern world had passed Benington by. This classic Hertfordshire village has long enjoyed the reputation of being one of the prettiest, a reputation that is fully justified. A row of enchanting black and white cottages edge the one side of the village green and the village pond has a family of ducks who vie with each other for food fed by villagers and visitors alike.
Close to the pond is a large Georgian Manor House which is entitled, The Lordship, it is an extremely handsome building, so too, is the church which has a short spike rising above a short turreted square tower and an interior that contains faded medieval wall paintings of flowers and tombs topped by effigies of a knight and his lady. They date 14th and 15th-century, the knight wears chain mail and the lady has beautiful, long hair. The other knight is in plate armour and his lady wears a wimple. Both tombs are exquisite and well preserved. The church contains many other treasures, it's hansome propertions look stunning when dappled in the fading evening sunlight, it is a house of God that is worthy of time looking around and a moment spent in reverent prayer.
Benington, is a wide, spacious village, full of ancient trees, wide grassed open spaces around which are set picturesque cottages and gorgeous old farmhouses in meadows where cattle graze contenedly in the silent stillness of the late evening which sees a misty moon rise and shine, as if in blessing, on this perfectly peaceful English village scene.
You should come and experience Benington for yourself, it is surrounded by other equally delightful places, especially the romantic ruins of an ancient castle and closeby there are delightful gardens that are open to the public. There are many restaurants, pubs and inns in the area and the nearby town of Stevanage has a host of well stocked shops and a museum which tells a little of local history. Take time out - you will enjoy it
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