Which Lincolnshire village (UK), home to an RAF base, shares its name with a novel by Benjamin Disraeli?
Coningsby is a village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It takes its name from the Old Norse word 'konungr', meaning 'King'. English place names ending '-by' tend to derive from the Old Norse term for 'settlement'.
Half a mile (1 km) to the south of the village is RAF Coningsby, one of the Royal Air Force's (RAF) most important stations. The airfield houses the 'Battle of Britain Memorial Flight' formed in 1957 to commemorate the major World War II battle. The memorial includes a Lancaster plane, five Spitfires, two Hurricanes and a Dakota, all of which still fly on special occasions.
'Coningsby, or The New Generation' is an 1844 political novel by former British prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881). It was the first of a trilogy of novels, with the other two being titled 'Sybil' and 'Tancred'. The books are based on real political events of the 1830s in England following the enactment of the Reform Bill of 1832.
The title refers to the main character, Henry Coningsby, the orphan grandson of a wealthy marquess called Lord Monmouth. Coningsby develops liberal political views, which go against his grandfather's opinions. When Lord Monmouth finds out, he disinherits his grandson. Penniless, Coningsby is forced to work for his living. He decides to study law and become a barrister.
It is uncertain whether Disraeli was inspired by the name of Lincolnshire village or if the choice of character name was coincidental.