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Silk Willoughby

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Census

  • The parish was in the Sleaford sub-district of the Sleaford Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 624
1861R.G. 9 / 2343 & 2346
1871R.G. 10 / 3350
1891R.G. 12 / 2578
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Denis and dates from Norman times.
  • The church was built between 1315 and 1360.
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1878.
  • The church was restored in 1907-8.
  • The church seats around 200.
  • There was a small chapel, probably Anglican, in the hamlet of Silkby, still in use in 1810. But it had disappeared by 1900.
  • There is a photograph of St. Denis Church on the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photo web site.
  • Ian PATERSON has a photograph of the church on a snowy day, taken in December, 2009.
  • Here is a photo of St. Denis Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

 

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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
  • We have a small number of parish register entries in a text file. Your additions are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has a Loan Library service which has the parish registers on microfiche for Baptisms from 1652 to 1812 and Marriages from 1652 to 1812.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes for the Lafford Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Sleaford sub-district of the Sleaford Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.
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Description & Travel

Silk Willoughby is both a village and parish about 2 miles south of Sleaford and about 12 miles north-east of Grantham. Aswarby parish lies to the south and Quarrington parish to the north. In 1841, the parish covered 2,450 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is just east of the A15 between Bourne and Sleaford.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Silk Willoughby which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Silk Willoughby has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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Manors

  • Anciently, this parish contained two manors, named after their families, which gave the parish their names: Silkebi and Wilgebi.
  • A large ancient farmhouse in the parish was reputed to be the manor house of the ARMYN family.
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Maps

  • See our "Maps" page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF056428 (Lat/Lon: 52.972164, -0.428924), Silk Willoughby which are provided by:

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Names, Geographical

  • "Silk Willougby" also appears as "Silkby-cum-Willoughby" in many records.
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Politics & Government

  • Silkby was a separate hamlet until 1337, but its exact boundaries are unknown.
  • The parish was in the ancient Aswardhurn Wapentake in the North Kesteven division of the county, in the parts of Kesteven.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Kesteven District Council.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Sleaford petty session hearings every Monday.
  • In 1718, Dame Margaret THOROLD of Syston, near Grantham, left land providing £10, generally given to the poor as coal at Christmas.
  • After the Poor Law reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Sleaford Poor Law Union.
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Population

YearInhabitants
1801225
1841227
1871258
1881280
1891275
1901226
1911231
1921222
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Schools

  • In 1841, the rector of the parish was paying for the education of 12 poor children.
  • The parish had a Public Elementary School by 1900, built to hold 40 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.