Brookenby is a village and civil parish
Civil parish
In England, a civil parish is a territorial designation and, where they are found, the lowest tier of local government below districts and counties...

 in the West Lindsey
West Lindsey
West Lindsey is a local government district in Lincolnshire, England.-History:The district was formed on 1 April 1974, from the urban districts of Gainsborough, Market Rasen, along with Caistor Rural District, Gainsborough Rural District and Welton Rural District...

 district of Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire is a county in the east of England. It borders Norfolk to the south east, Cambridgeshire to the south, Rutland to the south west, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire to the west, South Yorkshire to the north west, and the East Riding of Yorkshire to the north. It also borders...

, England
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. The village is situated 9 miles northeast of Market Rasen
Market Rasen
Market Rasen is a town and civil parish within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies on the River Rase northeast of Lincoln, east of Gainsborough and southwest of Grimsby. According to the 2001 census, it has a population of 3,200....

. According to the 2001 census, it had a population of 742.


The village is based around the former RAF Binbrook
RAF Binbrook
RAF Binbrook was a Bomber Command station during World War II. After the war it was amongst others the home of the Central Fighter Establishment...

 station, with most of the population living in the former air force crew housing. Since the name of the station came from an existing nearby village, the name Brookenby was chosen in the 1980s when the new village was constituted. It is believed to be the name of an abandoned or 'plague' village nearby

The former sergeant
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s' mess
A mess is the place where military personnel socialise, eat, and live. In some societies this military usage has extended to other disciplined services eateries such as civilian fire fighting and police forces. The root of mess is the Old French mes, "portion of food" A mess (also called a...

 is now Brookenby Church
Brookenby Church
Brookenby Church is located in Brookenby, Lincolnshire, England. A member of the Church of England, it forms part of the Walesby group of churches, which also includes churches in Claxby, Kirmond le Mire, Normanby le Wold, North Willingham, Stainton le Vale, Tealby and Walesby. This group of...

, part of the Walesby group of parishes.

The arts

The Limelight Theatre group meets in the community centre

The consistent period architecture has led to the use of the area for films about the 1940s.
  • Scenes from The 1990 re-make of Memphis Belle
    Memphis Belle (film)
    Memphis Belle is a 1990 film directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Monte Merrick, starring Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz and introducing Harry Connick Jr. in his screen debut...

     were filmed at RAF Binbrook
    RAF Binbrook
    RAF Binbrook was a Bomber Command station during World War II. After the war it was amongst others the home of the Central Fighter Establishment...

  • Scenes from Dolly's Brood were filmed here in 2002.

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