Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for WILSFORD

WILSFORD, a parish in Sleaford district, Lincoln; 1¾ mile ESE of Ancaster r. station, and 4½ SW by W of Sleaford. It includes part of Ancaster village, which has a post-office under Grantham. Acres, 2,860. Real property, £3,918; of which £150 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 484; in 1861, 641. Houses, 140. The property is subdivided. A Benedictine priory, a cell to Bec abbey in Normandy, was founded here in the time of King Stephen; and went first to Bourn abbey, next to the Brandons. The quarries here produce the fine freestone known as Ancaster stone. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £600. Patron, the Rev. J. P. V. Yonge. The church was recently restored, and has a tower and spire. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel and a good school.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "countries, 4th order divisions")
Administrative units: Wilsford CP/AP       Sleaford RegD/PLU       Lincolnshire AncC
Place: Wilsford

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