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Sleaford

Description and Travel

Sleaford is a principal town which covers portions of at least two parishes. The British would call it a conurbation, like Scunthorpe or several other towns in the county. Americans would more likely call it a place that had exceeded the original town limits, like San Francisco or New York. The two parishes that make up most of the town are Old Sleaford and New Sleaford. For many centuries, Old Sleaford was the more agrarian parish, while New Sleaford florished with construction and growth. Old Sleaford lies to the south and east of the Slea River and New Sleaford is on the northern and western banks of the river. The parish includes the hamlet of Holdingham.

The town is a crossroad place, 115 miles north of London and almost equi-distant between Newark in Nottinghamshire and Boston in Lincolnshire, with the Lincolnshire towns of Grantham 14 miles to the southwest and Bourne way off to the south, and the city of Lincoln 18 miles to the north. If you are planning a visit:

Sleaford town sign

Sleaford town sign   Sleaford town sign

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Archives and Libraries

The Sleaford Library will provide guidance in your search for no fee, but will not do lookups for you. They normally open Monday thru Saturday at 9am, but closing hours vary.

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Cemeteries

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Census

Census
Year
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2100 & 2101
1861 R.G. 9 / 2342 & 2343
1871 R.G. 10 / 3350
1891 R.G. 12 / 2578 & 2579
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Church History

St. Denys Church

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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History

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Manors

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Maps

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Military History

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Military Records

John Emerson, who retains the copyright, provides these photographs of the war memorial at Sleaford:

War memorial

plaque 1  plaque 2

plaque 3  plaque 4

plaque 5  plaque 6

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Names, Geographical

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Names, Personal

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Newspapers

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Politics and Governance

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Population

Population figures given below include workhouse staff and inmates.

    Year  Inhabitants
1801 1,596
1841 3,382
1881 3,955
1891 4,112
1901 4,508
1911 6,331
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Schools

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Last updated on 25-November-2012
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