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Aslackby Preceptory

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Temple Farm

In the civil parish of Aslackby And Laughton.
In the historic county of Lincolnshire.
Modern Authority of Lincolnshire.
1974 county of Lincolnshire.
Medieval County of Lincolnshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TF08643033
Latitude 52.85951° Longitude -0.38783°

Aslackby Preceptory has been described as a probable Fortified Ecclesiastical site.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


The Preceptory of Knights Templars at Aslackby was founded early in the reign of Henry II, for in 1164 the church of Aslackby with its chapel was presented to the Templars by Hubert de Rye. After the order was suppressed in 1308-12 the property passed to Temple Bruer. The round church still stood during C18, and "Temple" farmhouse was built out of the ruins. The embattled square gatehouse tower at the south end, described in 1861 as 'Machicolated parapet, terminating in battlements pierced with crossbowslits', was taken down as dangerous in 1891. The only remains are a few pieces of ornamental stonework built into the modernized C18 farmhouse. There are no standing remains of this preceptory. The ornamental stones in the farmhouse are corbel heads built into the south gable. An examination of all available air photography revealed no evidence of earthworks associated with the preceptory of Knights Templars. (PastScape)

The Military Orders appear to have usually dressed their preceptories up with some martial features although these must have mainly functioned as symbols of the orders origin and function. The preceptories would have contained some wealth but the presence of a skilled soldier among the residents of the preceptory may have been more of a deterrence for thieves than the decorative gatehouse.
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