Aslackby Preceptory

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Ecclesiastical site

There are no visible remains

NameAslackby Preceptory
Alternative NamesTemple Farm
Historic CountryLincolnshire
Modern AuthorityLincolnshire
1974 AuthorityLincolnshire
Civil ParishAslackby And Laughton

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)

Gatehouse Comments

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.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTF086303
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  • Osborne, Mike, 2010, Defending Lincolnshire: A Military History from Conquest to Cold War (The History Press) p. 35, 47, 49
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  • Marrat, W., 1816, The History of Lincolnshire, Topographical, Historical and Descriptive (Boston) Vol. 3 p. 123-24 online copy


  • 1861-2, Associated Architectural Societies' reports and papers (Lincoln, York, Northampton, Bedford, Worcester, Leicester and Sheffield ) Vol. 6 p. XV-XVI

Primary Sources

  • Lees, B., 1935, Records of the Templars in England in the Twelfth Century (London: The British Academy Records of the Social and Economic History of England and Wales 9) p. clxxxvi-viii.