In old documents the name of the village is spelled Adelington or Athelynton, indicating that it was a Saxon Settlement. Its name means the home of the family of Athel, a Northumbrian prince.
From Domesday until recent times it was a combination of two parishes, East and West Allington, supporting two Anglican churches and a Methodist chapel. St James”s church was demolished in 1947 and all that remains is the graveyard and a stone cross. The surviving church, The Holy Trinity, was originally the church of West Allington.
The village was owned by the Welby family for nearly 200 years, hence the name of our public house, The Welby Arms. The village once had a market second only in importance to that of nearby Grantham and the market cross opposite the pub survives to this day.
Allington’s location, on the edge of the Vale of Belvoir, provides a wealth of opportunities for the walker, cyclist and horse rider. Dominated by stately Belvoir Castle the area is on the route of the The Viking Way. This long distance footpath stretches for 147 miles (237km) from the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire to Oakham in Rutland. En route it passes through Allington. Until recently it traversed the heart of the village. However in 1997 it was diverted to provide a safer crossing over the A1 trunk road and officially it now meanders along the edges of the parish. Nonetheless many walking purists stick to the original route which is also favoured by those seeking food and drink in the village. Long distance cyclists are also well catered for with the 4000 mile National Byway passing through Grantham. Perhaps more importantly, some of the the Grantham Canal towpath, just three miles from Allington, is part of route 15 of the National Cycling Network that was opened in 2000. This network provides access to well over 10,000 miles of cycle paths across the UK. For the off road enthusiast the local hills and tracks around the Vale of Belvoir provide a challenging experience.
The Welby is a local pub with an emphasis on local events:
- Wednesday Mornings the pub hosts a Church Organised Coffee Morning, all are welcome.
- Every third monday of the month there is a Pub Quiz, starting at 8:00pm open to all comers, but be warned, it’s not for the faint hearted.
- The village Playing Field fundraisers meet at the pub to organise village events.
- Allington Morris (Morris Dancing), perform regularly outside the pub during the Morris Season (New Members Welcome)
More information about Allington can be found at allingtononline.co.uk