About Us

Bingham Heritage Trails Association was founded in 2000 with the aim to raise the level of public awareness of Bingham’s heritage. The Association takes a holistic view of the heritage including in it the geology, archaeology, history, built environment and natural history of the parish of Bingham.

The Association is a registered charity, Reg. No. 1090475, with educational objectives. It is wholly a voluntary association, depending on its own efforts and the generosity of various donor organisations to fund its activities. This web site was built mainly with funds from the Local Heritage Initiative.

The members of the Association carry out original research, but also commission specialists to carry out research in some areas. Research is ongoing. New findings will be added to this site as they become available.

By March 2004 the Association had produced six leaflets, which are available free of charge from outlets in Bingham; four wall posters that are on permanent exhibition in the offices of Bingham Town Council and an audio library of oral history, deposited in Bingham Library.

In the twelve months up to May 2006, BHTA carried out a survey of Bingham Churchyard. A leaflet, Bingham’s Churchyard Trail has been published and is available with maps, a hand book and other papers in Bingham Library, the Town Council offices and from the Rector. All the information in them is also available on this web site.

Between November 2004 and December 2009 BHTA carried out a major project called The History of Settlement in Bingham Parish, funded by the Local Heritage Initiative. It involved archaeological field walking the 2000 acres of arable land in the parish, a topographical and geophysical survey of a deserted medieval village in Crow Close and an analysis of all the old maps and mapping information available for the parish. Members of the association carried out the work under the guidance of Trent & Peak Archaeology, but hired specialists where necessary.

Ongoing projects, not finished in 2009, include recording the oral history of Bingham, research into house histories, the collection of photographs of old Bingham and the collation of information about Bingham in newspapers from 1765 onwards.

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