Thimbleby is both a village and a parish about one mile west of Horncastle. The parish and village overlook the valley of the River Bain, and is bordered on the north by Edlington parish, to the south by Langton and on the west by Horsington. The parish is in the west part of The Wolds and covered about 2,560 acres in the early 1800's. At that time, the parish held land at Tower Moor and Wildmore Fen (some 12 miles south of the parish), but by 1872 the parish had been reduced in size to 1,770 acres. About 1881, the Wildmore Fen allotment was transferred to the new parish of Wildmore and the parish reduced in size once more, now to 1,385 acres.
Thimbleby village sits in a small vale and lies on both sides of the road to Lincoln. If you are planning a visit:
Take the B1190 secondary road, which runs between Lincoln and Horncastle. About a mile west of Horncastle, you will find yourself in Thimbleby village.
The village is first recorded as Stimblebi in the 1086 Domesday Book, but is more correctly listed as Timblebi around 1115. The name derives from the Old Scandinavian Thymill+bi or "farmstead of Thymill or Thymili". A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.
In 1857, the parish's first school for boys and girls was built on land donated by Edwin KEMP. In 1872, it had about 40 children attending. The building was enlarged in 1898. In 1900, only 25 students were attending.