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Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2387
1871 R.G. 10 / 3410
1891 R.G. 12 / 2611
1901 R.G. 13 / 3087
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Church History

St. Helen's Church

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

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.

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Military History


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.
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Names, Geographical

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Politics and Governance

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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    Year  Inhabitants
1801 378
1831 544
1841 623
1871 774
1881 745
1891 573
1901 629
1911 595
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