Aunsby and Dembleby

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Aunsby and Dembleby
Aunsby and Dembleby UK parish locator map.svg
Population 125 (2001)
District North Kesteven
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sleaford
Postcode district NG34
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Sleaford and North Hykeham (UK Parliament constituency)
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Aunsby and Dembleby is a civil parish in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. According to the 2001 Census it had a population of 125. The parish includes Aunsby and Dembleby, which were separate parishes until 1931, and the hamlet of Scott Willoughby.

The three ecclesiastical parishes are still administered separately, although all are part of the South Lafford Group of the Lafford Deanery, Diocese of Lincoln. The incumbent is the Rev'd Charles Robertson.[1][2][3]

Aunsby[edit]

52°56′13″N 0°26′48″W / 52.93694°N 0.44667°W / 52.93694; -0.44667 (Aunsby)

Aunsby: the church of St. Thomas

Aunsby lies just north and west off the point where the A15 crosses the A52. Its church, dedicated to St Thomas Of Canterbury, is a mixture of Norman and Perpendicular styles of architecture. It was repaired and rebuilt in 1861.[4]

In the Domesday survey the village is called "Ounesbi".

The ecclesiastical parish is Aunsby[1]

Dembleby[edit]

52°55′42″N 0°27′21″W / 52.92833°N 0.45583°W / 52.92833; -0.45583 (Dembleby)

Dembleby: St Lucia's church

Dembleby appears in the Domesday survey three times, as "Denbelbi", "Delbebi" and "Dembelbi". The parish was in the ancient Aswardhurn Wapentake.

St Lucia's Church is a foundation of unknown age, originally built in Early English style. The old church was taken down in 1867. The new church was built upon a better site in Norman style. The vestry in the current church was re-erected from the old church.[5]

The new church was consecrated in January, 1868

The ecclesiastical parish is Dembleby[2]

To the west is the woodland of Dembleby Thorns.[6]

Scott Willoughby[edit]

52°55′31″N 0°26′02″W / 52.92528°N 0.43389°W / 52.92528; -0.43389 (Scott Willoughby)

Typical wolds countryside at Scott Willoughby

Scott Willoughby is a small hamlet situated less than 1 mile (1.6 km) south-east from Aunsby. It has the smallest church that remains in use in the county. It was built in 1826, although there may have been an earlier church on the site.[7]

The ecclesiastical parish is Scott Willoughby[3]

The population of Scott Willoughby has rapidly declined over the past 200 years, with few houses remaining in the hamlet, despite this the post-box is still used.

Lost villages[edit]

Several abandoned medieval villages are known in the wider area.

Businesses[edit]

All employment in the parish is agricultural.

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