Aslackby and Laughton
|Aslackby and Laughton|
St James' Church, Aslackby
|OS grid reference|
|• London||95 mi (153 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
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. increasing slightly to 251 in 118 households at the 2011 census. It consists of the village of Aslackby, the hamlet of Laughton, and scattered farms, and part of the hamlet of Graby.
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 ( )
- Bottesford, Lindsey ( )
- Eagle, Kesteven ( )
- Great Limber, Lindsey ( )
- Horkstow, Lindsey ( )
- Witham Preceptory, Kesteven ( )
- Temple Bruer, Kesteven ( )
- Willoughton Preceptory, Lindsey ( )
- Byard's Leap ( ) was part of the Temple Bruer estate.
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- Historic England. "The Aveland moat (348358)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Historic England. "Natnional Monument record for Avethorpe (348363)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- 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
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- Media related to Aslackby and Laughton at Wikimedia Commons
- "Aslackby and Laughton Parish Council", Lincolnshire Parish Councils: South Kesteven. Retrieved 9 July 2011
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- Aslackby in the Domesday Book
- Laughton in the Domesday Book