North Thoresby is both a village and parish about 148 miles north of London and midway between Louth and Grimsby. Grainsby parish is to the north and Ludborough parish to the south. The parish covers about 2,600 acres.
If you are planning a visit:
North Thoresby is just east of the A16, halfway between Grimsby and Louth, where the trunk road intersects with the B1201 arterial road.
The village has regular bus service to both Louth and Grimsby.
Passenger service on the rail line ceased in the 1960s, but started up again in 2009. The old railbed has been torn up and new track laid a short distance off.
The parish established a War Memorial in 2005. The article below appeared in the Grimsby Telegraph newspaper.
DAY IT RAINED TRAGIC DEBRIS
12:30 - 24 September 2005
The recent dedication of a memorial in North Thoresby to eight men who died in a tragic accident on a training flight prompted FRED ROBINSON of Mill Road, Market Rasen, to send in these moving memories of what happened on that fateful day. Having attended the ceremony for the dedication of the memorial erected for the crew of the Lancaster bomber in the centre of North Thoresby on Sunday, September 4, and to see the large crowds of people who came to show respect for those brave men, was unbelievable. Being interested in incidents like the one which happened on that fateful day, I recorded at the time what my late brother saw on October 4 as it was against the rules to talk about such incidents in public during the war - as "careless talk could cost lives". He was operating a threshing machine on a farm at Brigsley and was just checking the time on his pocket watch to see if it was break time. The time was exactly 12.50pm and, at that moment, he heard a terrific explosion at a great height - and debris began falling which resembled a flock of crows falling from the sky, with some large pieces and some tiny fragments. The largest pieces he saw appeared to be red in colour and he presumed they were the fuel tanks. An aircraft had exploded over Brigsley and Ashby-cum-Fenby. The wreckage was falling in a south-easterly direction towards Grainsby, where two engines fell at the entrance to the park and, at almost three miles away from the explosion, over the village of North Thoresby. A large piece of wreckage fell in the centre of the village demolishing part of the chapel. I was told the monument stands only a few steps from where the chapel, which has since been demolished, then stood.
Bob EMM has a photograph of the Memorial Park on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.
David BURNETT has a photograph of the 1940s Day Celebration on Geo-graph, taken in 2006. Some of these old warriors can still fit in their uniforms.
The name derives from the Old Scandinavian Thorir+by, meaning "farmstead or village of a man called Thorir". It appears as Toresbi in the 1086 Domesday Book. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].