Deanery of Lafford

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The Deanery of Lafford is an historic deanery in the Anglican Diocese of Lincoln[1] in England. Located around the market town of Sleaford, it covers an area of c.200 square miles and serves a population of c.36,000.[2]

In 1910 the Deanery was divided into the Deaneries of Lafford i or North Lafford, and the Deanery of Lafford ii or South Lafford. The two Deaneries re-merged in 1964 to form Lafford Deanery.[3]

Parishes of the Gilbertine Benefice were added in 2010.[4]

Rural Deans of Lafford

  • 1978-1987: Thomas George Williamson[5]
  • 1987-1996: John Stephen Thorold[6]
  • 1996-2002: Canon Samuel Hall Speers[7]
  • 2002-2003: Graham Parry Williams[8]
  • 2003-2007: Peter John Mander[9]
  • 2008-2012: John Andrew Patrick[10]
  • 2012-present: Christine Pennock[11]

Parish churches

The following ecclesiastical parish churches were part of Lafford Deanery as of April 2012.

Note: The parish churches marked † were not part of the deanery as it was constituted in the nineteenth century.[12]
  • Anwick, St Edith
  • Asgarby, St Andrew
  • Aslackby, St James
  • Aswarby, St Denys
  • Aunsby, St Thomas Of Canterbury
  • Billingborough, St Andrew
  • Billinghay, St Michael And All Angels
  • Bloxholm, St Mary
  • Burton Pedwardine, St Andrew/Blessed Virgin Mary/St Nicholas
  • Cranwell, St Andrew
  • Dembleby, St Lucia
  • Digby, St Thomas Of Canterbury
  • Dorrington, St James
  • Dowsby, St Andrew †
  • Evedon, St Mary
  • Ewerby, St Andrew
  • Folkingham, St Andrew
  • Great & Little Hale, St John The Baptist
  • Heckington, St Andrew
  • Helpringham, St Andrew
  • Horbling, St Andrew †
  • Kirkby Green, Holy Cross †
  • Kirkby Laythorpe, St Denys
  • Leasingham, St Andrew
  • Martin, Holy Trinity†
  • New Sleaford, St Denys
  • Newton, St Botolph
  • North Kyme, St Luke †
  • Osbournby, St Peter & St Paul
  • Pickworth, St Andrew
  • Quarrington and Old Sleaford, St Botolph
  • Rowston, St Clement
  • Ruskington, All Saints
  • Scopwick, Holy Cross
  • Scot Willoughby, St Andrew
  • Scredington, St Andrew
  • Pointon, Christchurch
  • Silk Willoughby, St Denys
  • South Kyme, St Mary & All Saints
  • Swarby, St Mary And All Saints
  • Swaton, St Michael
  • Threekingham, St Peter
  • Timberland, St Andrew †
  • Walcot, St Nicholas
  • Walcott, St Oswald †


  1. ^ "Lafford Deanery". Lincoln, United Kingdom: The Diocese of Lincoln. Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Lafford Deanery". The Church of England in the Sleaford Area of the Diocese of Lincoln. Lafford Deanery. 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Records of the Rural Deanery of Lafford (to include North Lafford and South Lafford)". Lincolnshire Archives. Lincoln, United Kingdom: Lincolnshire Country Council. 12 March 1994. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  4. ^ "About us". The Gilbertine Benefice. Billingborough, Lincolnshire. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Williamson, Canon Thomas George" Crockford's Clerical Directory July 2014 (Church House Publishing)
  6. ^ "Thorold, Canon John Stephen" Crockford's Clerical Directory July 2014 (Church House Publishing)
  7. ^ "Speers, Canon Samuel Hall" Crockford's Clerical Directory July 2014 (Church House Publishing)
  8. ^ "Williams, Graham Parry" Crockford's Clerical Directory July 2014 (Church House Publishing)
  9. ^ "Mander, Peter John" Crockford's Clerical Directory July 2014 (Church House Publishing)
  10. ^ "Patrick, Canon John Andrew" Crockford's Clerical Directory July 2014 (Church House Publishing)
  11. ^ "Pennock, Mrs Christine" Crockford's Clerical Directory July 2014 (Church House Publishing)
  12. ^ Mills, Louis (3 May 2009). "Lafford Deanery". GENUKI UK and Ireland Genealogy pages. London, United Kingdom: The GENUKI Charitable Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2012. In the 19th century, the Lafford Deanery in southern Lincolnshire consisted of the following parishes:

External links

  • Official website
  • Diocese of Lincoln website

Coordinates: 53°02′40″N 0°23′15″W / 53.0444°N 0.3875°W / 53.0444; -0.3875

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