Sleaford Museum Trust was formed in the 1970s to collect and preserve historical artefacts from the town's history. A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of more than £94,000 in December 2013 allowed the trust to establish a museum on Southgate, which opened in April 2015.[250][251][252] Sleaford and District Civic Trust was founded in 1972 to "preserve the best features" of the town.[253][254]

The 2011 Census revealed that approximately 93.6% of the town's resident population were White British; the second largest ethnic group was White Irish at approximately 3.4%, followed by Asian (including Asian British) at 1.09%; no other ethnic group represented 1% or more of the population. 88.5% of residents were born in England and 4.41% in other parts of the United Kingdom; 4.3% were from EU countries, with 2.5% coming from EU member states which joined after 2001.[1]

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The Sleaford Muslim Community Association has met in St Deny's Church Hall since the early 2000s. Plans to build a prayer hall on Station Road were approved in November 2013.[206] Protests were planned by the English Defence League, but were cancelled.[207][208]

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Between December 2013 and November 2014, 1,289 criminal acts were reported, of which 43.9% were classed as anti-social behaviour, making it the largest portion of reported crimes.[173] In 2010, recorded crime levels were amongst the lowest in the country and, for the year ending June 2014, the crime rate in the North Kesteven district is the lowest in Lincolnshire at 24.38 crimes per thousand residents.[82][174]

The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Denys.[193] The oldest parts date to the late-12th century and the broach-spire, built around 1220, is one of the oldest in England.[175][194][195] Regular Sunday services are held at the parish church.[183][184]

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Sleaford is a stop on the Peterborough to Lincoln Line and the Poacher Line, from Grantham to Skegness.[160][161] Grantham, roughly 14.8 miles (23.8 km) away by road and two stops on the Poacher Line, is a major stop on the East Coast Main Line. Trains from Grantham to London King's Cross take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.[162][163]

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The railways arrived in the 19th century. Early proposals to bring a line to Sleaford failed,[n 10] but in 1852 plans were made to build the Boston, Sleaford and Midland Counties Railway and its Act of Parliament passed in 1853. The line from Grantham opened in 1857; Boston was connected in 1859, Bourne in 1871 and Ruskington on Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway in 1882.[57][58]

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Richard Banister, the oculist, practised for 14 years in Sleaford where he trained in couching cataracts.[307] Henry Andrews astronomer and astrologer, worked in Sleaford during his youth.[308]

The earliest records of the place-name Sleaford are found in a charter of 852 as Slioford and in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Sliowaford. In the Domesday Book (1086), it is recorded as Eslaforde and in the early 13th century as Sliforde.[2] In the 13th century Book of Fees the name appears as Lafford.[3] The name is formed from the Old English words sliow and ford, which together mean 'ford over a muddy or slimy river'.[2]

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