Aslackby and Laughton
|Aslackby and Laughton|
St James' Church, Aslackby
Aslackby and Laughton shown within Lincolnshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||95 mi (153 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Grantham and Stamford|
Aslackby and Laughton is a civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 243 in 102 households. It consists of the village of Aslackby, the hamlet of Laughton, and scattered farms.
Aslackby Grade I listed Anglican church is dedicated to St James. The chancel is Early English, largely rebuilt 1856, with the tower and nave, Perpendicular. The ecclesiastical parish is Aslackby, part of The Billingborough Group of the Lafford Deanery
There is a dining club, The Templars, for long-term residents, and a local history society.
The Aveland, a moat said to be the meeting place for the Wapentake of Aveland is in the parish. There is documentary evidence for a settlement called Avethorpe, from the Domesday survey onwards, but no actual location is known.
In 1164 the Knights Templar established a preceptory at Aslackby, from where their local estates were managed, and which resulted in high-status village buildings. However, with the transfer of the preceptory to the Hospitalers it was no longer needed, and little now remains.
Most work in the area remains agricultural, with further employment at an equestrian centre, a public house, and a metal tube manufacturing company. Commuting to Grantham, Sleaford or Bourne for work is common.
Until their disbandment in 1312, the Knights Templar were major landowners on the higher lands of Lincolnshire, where they had a number of preceptories on property which provided income, while Temple Bruer was an estate on the Lincoln Heath, believed to have been used also for military training. The preceptories from which the Lincolnshire properties were managed were:
- Aslackby Preceptory, Kesteven (TF0830)
- Bottesford, Lindsey (SE8907)
- Eagle, Kesteven (SK875672)
- Great Limber, Lindsey (TA1308)
- Horkstow, Lindsey (SE9818)
- Witham Preceptory, Kesteven (SK928205)
- Temple Bruer, Kesteven (TF0054)
- Willoughton Preceptory, Lindsey (SK923931)
- Byard's Leap (SK990494) was part of the Temple Bruer estate.
- "Civil Parish details".
- "Neighbourhood statistics". 2001 census. Office for national statistics. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- "Parish Boundary map from SKDC".
- "Church of St James", National Heritage List for England, English Heritage.Retrieved 9 July 2011
- "Church web site".[dead link]
- "National Monument Record for the church".
- "Aslackby P C C"., Diocese of Lincoln
- "National Monument record for The Aveland moat".
- "Natnional Monument record for Avethorpe".
- Bourne & Heckington: Billingborough & Morton (Map) (3 ed.). 1:25000. OS Explorer Map. OSGB. 2006. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-319-23811-0. Retrieved 9 April 2010.West Laughton TF074311
- "National Monument Record for West Laughton".
- "National Monument Record for additional settlement at Laughton".
- Ward, Penny. Dennis Mills (2nd ed.), ed. The Knights Templar in Kesteven (2 ed.). Heckington: Heritage Lincolnshire Publications. ISBN 978-0-948639-47-0.
- Page, William, ed. (1906). A History of the County of Lincoln. Victoria County History 2. pp. 210–213 'Houses of Knights Templars: Willoughton, Eagle, Aslackby, South Witham and Temple Bruer'. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- Media related to Aslackby and Laughton at Wikimedia Commons
- "Aslackby and Laughton Parish Council", Lincolnshire Parish Councils: South Kesteven. Retrieved 9 July 2011
- "Aslackby", homepages.which.net. Retrieved 9 July 2011
- "Aslackby", Genuki.org.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2011
- Aslackby in the Domesday Book
- Laughton in the Domesday Book