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Silk Willoughby or Silkby cum Willoughby, Lincolnshire

Historical Description

Silk Willoughby or Silkby-cum-Willoughby, a parish and a small village in Lincolnshire, 2 miles S from Sleaford, and 2½ S from Rauceby station on the Grantham and Sleaford branch of the G.N.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Sleaford. Acreage, 2590; population, 275. The manor belongs to the Earl of Dysart, who is also chief landowner. The old manor house, originally a seat of the Armyn family, is now a farmhouse. An ancient cross, having the emblems of the four Evangelists carved on the base, stands at the junction of Silkby and Willoughby. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln; net value, £370 with residence, in the gift of the Earl of Dysart. The church is a fine ancient edifice in the Norman, Late Decorated, and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel (rebuilt in 1878), nave, aisles, S porch, and a western tower, surmounted by an octagonal spire. It has a beautiful Norman font, and a traceried rood screen belonging to the Early Perpendicular period. There was formerly a chapel in that part of the parish known as Silkby, but this has disappeared.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLincolnshire 
Ecclesiastical parishSilk Willoughby St. Denis 
Poor Law unionSleaford 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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