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History of Bonnington

Bonnington comes from the Old English ‘ing’ as a connective particle, linking the 1st and last elements, with ‘tun’ meaning an ‘enclosure, a farmstead’ combined with a personal name; therefore, a ‘farmstead connected with Buna’. The Domesday Book records Bonnington as Bonintone.

Bonnington parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Rumwold. The Normans built the church in the 12th century and rebuilt the nave in the 14th century. There is a record of two bells in 1552, although only one existed in 1887. In 1799, Edward Hasted described the Bonnington church as being ‘small, consisting of an isle and chancel. It has no steeple, but a pointed turret raised on the roof at the west end. It is kept very clean and neat’.

The Knights Hospitallers of the Order of St John of Jerusalem - the forerunners of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade – owned the village for many years.