(or Aylesham) is a parish and a village, with a station 11/2
miles south east on the Yorkshire Branch, and 2 miles north
of the junction at Barnetby of that and the Lincoln branches
with the main line of the Great Central (late M. S. and L.)
railway, 4 north-east from Brigg and 167 from London, in the
North Lindsey division of the county, parts of Lindsey, north
division of Yarborough wapentake, Brigg petty sessional division,
union and county court district, rural deanery of Yarborough
No. 1, archdeaconry of Stow and diocese of Lincoln. The church
of All Saints is a building of stone, in the Early English style,
consisting of chancel, nave, with vestry and chamber above,
and a small western tower containing 3 bells; it was restored
in 1873-4, at a cost of £2,419, by the trustees of the
late J. G. Corbett esq.; Col. Sir John D Astley bart. presented
the stain glass window in memory of Reginald Leonard, his second
son, who died in 1870: the base of the tower forms a porch,
in which are two stones carved with figures: the chancel retains
its piscina and a brass to the Thompson and Corbett families,
1702-1868: in 1896 a clock and inscribed brass were erected
in memory of the late Sir John Dugdale Astley bart. of Elsham
Hall, MP d, 1894, and a memorial window has been placed to the
late John and Sarah Dunn, and Muriel Elsden: there are sittings.
The register dates from the year 1566. The living is the vicarage,
net yearly value £97, including 3 acres of glebe and residence,
in the gift of Sir F. E. G. Astley Corbett bart. and held since
1899 by the Rev.George Lewthwaite BA of Keble College Oxford.
Here is a small Wesleyan Chapel, seating about 100 persons.
The Primitive Methodists hold their services in a private house.
The charities amount to £6 yearly. Elsham Hall is a modern
building of brick, standing in a park of 150 acres, the property
of Sir Francis Edmund George Astley-Corbett bart. of 45 Cadogan
Gardens, London SW, lord of the manor and sole landowner. The
soil is limestone and sand; subsoil, marl. The chief crops are
wheat, turnips, barley and oats. The area is 4,154 acres; rateable
value, £5,323; the population in 1891 was 457.