History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
St Mary's Church
This delightful medieval church boasts a superb 14th-century spire rising to 240 feet. Look for a 13th century stone chair in the chancel. The font is 14th century and the nave arcades are 15th century.
In the church is a memorial to Matthew Flinders, who charted the coastline of Australia and became the first man to circumnavigate the Land Down Under. Flinders was apparently inspired to launch a nautical career after reading Robinson Crusoe. There are several Flinders family graves, including that of Matthew's brother Sam, who accompanied him on his voyage and survived him.
A statue to Flinders stands in the market place. Flinders was born in Donington in 1774, in a house on the market place. The original house is now gone, but the house that stands on the site has a blue plaque honouring Flinders. Flinders joined the navy in 1789 and served under Captain William Bligh of Bounty fame.
Address: Donington, Lincolnshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Photo Credit: Donnylad, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
We've 'tagged' this attraction information to help you find related historic attractions and learn more about major time periods mentioned.
Find other attractions tagged with:
14th century (Time Period) -
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Helpringham, St Andrew's Church - 5.4 miles (Historic Church)
Heckington Mill - 6.2 miles (Historic Building)
Sempringham Church and Holy Well - 6.5 miles (Historic Church)
Heckington, St Andrews Church - 6.6 miles (Historic Church)
Pinchbeck Engine Museum - 6.8 miles (Museum)
Chain Bridge Forge - 8.3 miles (Museum)
Spalding, St Mary & St Nicholas Church - 8.6 miles (Historic Church)
Ayscoughfee Hall Museum & Gardens - 8.6 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to Donington: