Silk Willoughby

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Silk Willoughby
Silk Willoughby Spire-Geograph-1625872-by-Ian-Paterson.jpg
Silk Willoughby village
Silk Willoughby is located in Lincolnshire
Silk Willoughby
Silk Willoughby
Location within Lincolnshire
Population299 (2011)
OS grid referenceTF056428
• London105 mi (169 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSleaford
Postcode districtNG34
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°58′22″N 0°25′42″W / 52.972909°N 0.428206°W / 52.972909; -0.428206Coordinates: 52°58′22″N 0°25′42″W / 52.972909°N 0.428206°W / 52.972909; -0.428206

Silk Willoughby is a village and civil parish in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 299.[1] It is situated 2 miles (3 km) south from Sleaford.

There are a number of council and rented properties within the village in addition to owner-occupied housing, both old and new. There are several listed buildings including a Manor House and a former rectory.[2]

The parish of Silk Willoughby comprises approximately 2,500 acres (10 km2) of arable and grazing land. The ecclesiastical parish is part of the benefice of Quarrington and Old Sleaford.[2]

The parish church is dedicated to St Denis. The modern diocesan records use the name "St Denis"' for the church, but the National Monuments Record shows it as "St Denys".[3] St Denis or Denys are alternative spellings for the same person. The nearby church in Sleaford uses the Denys spelling.

Several air accidents have occurred in the parish. On 4 June 1944, a B-24 crashed in a field after being abandoned mid-air[4] and on 7 June 1962, a Hawker Hunter T7 stalled and crashed, killing both crew.[5]

Silk Willoughby won the Best Kept Village award in 2007[2] and 2013.[6]


Medieval Cross Shaft

The former village of Silkby lies within the parish.[7]

'Butt Mound' and 'Folk Moot' are names given to two bowl barrows to the west of St Deny's church.[8] Years of agriculture have reduced them somewhat.[citation needed]

The shaft of a medieval wayside cross, dedicated to St Matthew stands on a modern base in what is believed to be the original location, now the corner of School Lane.[9]

The church of St Denis was built in the 12th century in Decorated style, and extended in the 14th in Perpendicular. It was extensively restored in the early 20th century.[10]

Notable people[edit]

Griffin Money, who served as a Nationalist Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1917–24, was born in the village in 1865.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Benefice Profile and Statement of Need: Quarrington, Cranwell, Silk Willoughby Archived 23 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine;, Quarrington and Old Sleaford Parochial Church Council. Retrieved 24 May 2012
  3. ^ Historic England. "St Denys Church (348938)". PastScape. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
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  7. ^ Historic England. "Silkby (349014)". PastScape. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Butt Mound and Folk Moot Barrows (348933)". PastScape. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 348941". PastScape. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Parish Church of St Denys (1061769)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 May 2012.

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