Laughton, West Lindsey

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Church of All Saints, Laughton
Laughton is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population410 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK849972
• London150 mi (240 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGainsborough
Postcode districtDN21
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°27′56″N 0°43′21″W / 53.465485°N 0.722464°W / 53.465485; -0.722464Coordinates: 53°27′56″N 0°43′21″W / 53.465485°N 0.722464°W / 53.465485; -0.722464

Laughton is a village and a civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 410.[1] It is situated approximately 6 miles (10 km) north from the town of Gainsborough[2]

Nearby is Laughton Forest, mostly privately owned but leased to the Forestry Commission, which was created in the 20th century on a sandy heath.[3]


Laughton is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book, as "Lacestone" and "Lastone", with 29 households.[4]

Dr Roger Dalyson founded a village school in the reign of James I; a new school-house was built in 1821, funded by Isabella Ingram-Seymour-Conway, Marchioness of Hertford. [5] The Ingram family were the local landowners, giving their name to the Ingram Arms public house.

All Saints Church[edit]

The parish church is built of limestone, dedicated to All Saints, and is a Grade I listed building dating from the 12th century. It was restored and the chancel rebuilt in 1894 by Bodley and Garner.

Gothic brass[edit]

All Saints' church, Laughton, anachronistic re-used monumental brass made circa 1405, of a knight wearing the style of armour worn at the Battle of Agincourt (1415), with Gothic-style canopy, serving as ledger stone for the remains of William Dalison[6] (died 1546), who lived well into the Renaissance age when the taste for the Gothic style had long passed

In the south aisle is a full length monumental brass, made in about 1405, showing a knight wearing the style of armour worn at the Battle of Agincourt (1415), with Gothic-style canopy, reset in 1549 with new imitation Gothic-style inscription, to serve as the ledger stone for William Dalison (died 1546) of Laughton, Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1546 and Escheator of Lincolnshire. It is of a style and design similar to at least three surviving brasses namely those of:

Wildsworth Church[edit]

Ruins of Wildsworth Church

The village of Wildsworth is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the west on the bank of the River Trent. It had a yellow-brick church, dedicated to St John the Divine, built in 1838 by Charles Biggs. It was declared redundant by the Diocese of Lincoln in 1982 and demolished two years later.[2][7] It is still listed on the National Heritage List for England as a Grade II listed building, where it is described as disused.[8]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Laughton by Gainsborough". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  3. ^ "The History of Laughton Forest 1926 - 2013",
  4. ^ "Laughton". Domesday Map. Anna Powell-Smith/University of Hull. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Laughton - Laverstoke Pages 33-37 A Topographical Dictionary of England. Originally published by S Lewis, London, 1848". British History Online.
  6. ^ "to a member of the D'Alison family"Historic England. "All Saints, Laughton (1317208)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Laughton". Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  8. ^ Historic England. "St John the Divine, Wildsworth (1165941)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 July 2011.

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