Aslackby and Laughton

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Aslackby and Laughton
St.James' church, Aslackby, Lincs. - - 90690.jpg
St James' Church, Aslackby
Aslackby and Laughton is located in Lincolnshire
Aslackby and Laughton
Aslackby and Laughton
Location within Lincolnshire
Population251 (2011)
OS grid referenceTF083305
• London95 mi (153 km) S
Civil parish
  • Aslackby and Laughton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSleaford
Postcode districtNG34
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°51′25″N 0°24′32″W / 52.857°N 0.409°W / 52.857; -0.409Coordinates: 52°51′25″N 0°24′32″W / 52.857°N 0.409°W / 52.857; -0.409
Parish boundary within Lincolnshire

Aslackby and Laughton is a civil parish[1] in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 243,[1] in 102 households.[2] increasing slightly to 251 in 118 households at the 2011 census.[3] It consists of the village of Aslackby, the hamlet of Laughton, and scattered farms,[4] and part of the hamlet of Graby.

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Aslackby (/ˈzəlbi/ AY-zəl-bee; 52°51′35″N 0°23′20″W / 52.85972°N 0.38889°W / 52.85972; -0.38889 (Aslackby)) is a small village extending westwards from the A15 road between Rippingale and Folkingham, about halfway between Sleaford and Bourne.

Aslackby Grade I listed Anglican church is dedicated to St James.[5] The chancel is Early English, largely rebuilt 1856, with the tower and nave, Perpendicular.[6][7] The ecclesiastical parish is Aslackby, part of The Billingborough Group of the Lafford Deanery[8]

There is a dining club, The Templars, for long-term residents, and a local history society.[1]


The Aveland, a moat said to be the meeting place for the Wapentake of Aveland is in the parish.[9] There is documentary evidence for a settlement called Avethorpe, from the Domesday survey onwards, but no actual location is known.[10]

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.[citation needed]

In the 1940s, Folkingham Airfield was developed close to Temple Wood. It was from there that parts of Operation Market were flown.[citation needed]


The hamlet of Laughton (52°52′20″N 0°23′58″W / 52.87222°N 0.39944°W / 52.87222; -0.39944 (Laughton)) lies less than 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north of Aslackby. West Laughton at its south-west is the site of a deserted medieval village (DMV).[11][12][13]


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.[citation needed]

Lincolnshire preceptories[edit]

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.[14] The preceptories from which the Lincolnshire properties were managed were:[15]



  1. ^ a b c "Civil Parish details".
  2. ^ "2001 census". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Parish Boundary map from SKDC".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St James (1062757)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Church web site".[dead link]
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church (348722)". PastScape. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Aslackby P C C". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011., Diocese of Lincoln
  9. ^ Historic England. "The Aveland moat (348358)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Natnional Monument record for Avethorpe (348363)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Historic England. "West Laughton (348714)". PastScape. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  13. ^ Historic England. "Additional settlement at Laughton (1041290)". PastScape. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  14. ^ Ward, Penny. Dennis Mills (2nd ed.) (ed.). The Knights Templar in Kesteven (2 ed.). Heckington: Heritage Lincolnshire Publications. ISBN 978-0-948639-47-0.
  15. ^ 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.

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