Much has been written about the history of Bingham and it is not intended here to rewrite it or to present a full account. Instead, it is aimed to present an account that is based on the research carried out by BHTA since 2001. A prominent element in this research has been the archaeological field walking in the History of Settlement project, yielding new information not only about prehistory and the early historic periods, but also providing insights into the post medieval to modern periods that documentary evidence alone cannot supply.

The name Bingham is thought to be Saxon and derived as follows: “the homestead of the family or followers of a man called Binna”, i.e. .Bynna-ing-ham- the place (ham) of the people (ing) of Bynna.

In parallel with the archaeological research the study of old maps and mapping information, in particular the manorial survey of 1586, the Chesterfield Estate map of 1776 and the tithe map of 1841/2 has provided details on land use, ownership and tenancies, trades and lifestyle in the late Tudor, Georgian and early Victorian times.

These, together with earlier research about the middle decades of the 19th century and the Second World War, contribute to a look at the way Bingham has been settled and developed since earliest prehistoric times and complement the books by Adelaide Wortley, Elizabeth Foster, Valerie Henstock and Catherine Haynes and Hilda Smith, which largely report on documentary evidence.

Although links to some of the illustrations used in the section on the History of Settlement of Bingham are provided, for a full account readers must refer to that section.

Prehistoric times
Iron Age
Roman Bingham
The Anglo-Saxons
Medieval Bingham
Tudor times
Stuart times
Georgian times
Victorian Bingham
20th Century

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