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  • St Firmin, Church Street, Thurlby near Bourne, Church of England


  • The parish was in the Bourne sub-district of the Bourne Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 623
1851 H.O. 107 / 2095
1861 R.G. 9 / 2318
1871 R.G. 10 / 3316
1881 R.G. 11 / 3198
1891 R.G. 12 / 2557


  • St Firmin, Church Street, Thurlby near Bourne, Church of England

  • Northorpe Lane, Thurlby near Bourne, Methodist (United Free)
  • High Street, Thurlby near Bourne, Methodist (Wesleyan)

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Thurlby area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Firmin. Some sources give the spelling as St. Fermin.
  • Many parts of the building are of Norman origin.
  • The church was restored in 1856.
  • The church was extensively repaired in 1929.
  • The church seats 400.
  • There is a photograph of St. Firmin's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Firmin's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Firmin's Church

Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1575 (one source gives 1560).
  • Scott ARROL provides us with a list of Early Thurlby Marriages in a Portable Document File format (You'll need Adobe Reader for this).
  • You may wish to purchase some of the Aveland and Ness Deanery marriage indexes.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here, built in 1832 and replaced in 1912.
  • The United (Free) Methodists also had a chapel built in 1861. Tim HEATON has a photograph of the original Free Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in 2009.
  • The Particular Baptists had a small chapel built in 1834.
  • For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Bourne sub-district of the Bourne Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Thurlby is both a village and parish about a mile south of Bourne. Witham on the Hill parish lies to the west and the River Glen forms part of the south-eastern boundary. The area is about 4,000 acres of flat fenland, drained by many small canals.

Othorpe is a very small hamlet 1 mile southwest of the village and Northorpe is a hamlet 1 mile north of the village. If you are planning a visit:

  • The A15 trunk road runs through the east end of the village itself.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the busstop on the green on Geo-graph, takeen in April, 2014.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Thurlby which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Thurlby has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • The "Carr Dyke," a canal of Roman origin, runs just a few yards west of the church. The Dyke extends for 56 miles from Peterborough to Lincoln. Richard CROFT has a picture of a portion of the Car Dyke on Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • According to White's 1842 Directory of Lincolnshire. races used to be held here on the nearest Monday to Old Michaelmast Day. The directory doesn't tell us what kind of races these were.
  • The parish was known for its fine oak trees.
  • In the 1800s bricks were made here.
  • The Blue Bell Public House (known as just the Bell before 1882) closed before World War I. Here are the names of people associated with the Inn in various directories:
Year  Person
1842 Wm. SANDALL, vict.
1868 Hugh HODSON
1872 Joseph FAIRCHILD, vict.
1882 Joseph FAIRCHILD, vict.
1900 Thomas BURROWS
1905 Thomas BURROWS
  • In 1930 The Crown Public House served as a local spot for conversation and refreshment. Here are the names of people associated with the Inn in various directories:
Year  Person
1842 Edis SMITH
1872 Edis SMITH
1882 Eliz. Ann SMITH, vict.
1900 Samuel PRESCOTT
1905 Joseph BINGLEY
1913 Mrs. Emma BALDWIN
1930 Herbert BROWN
  • The Five Bells Inn also served the locals. Here are the names of people associated with the Inn in various directories:
Year  Person
1842 Eldred KNIPE, vict.
1868 Eldred KNIPE
1872 William JACKSON, blacksmith
1882 Jph. THORPE, vict.
1900 Mrs. Emma CLARKE
1905 Mrs. Emma CLARKE
1913 Mrs. Emma CLARKE
1930 Edward SPENCER
  • The Horse Shoe Inn was popular with folk moving along the roads. Here are the names of people associated with the Inn in various directories:
Year  Person
1842 John GOODACRE, vict.
1868 Mrs. Precious GOODACRE
1872 Isaac SMITH, vict.
1882 John ANDREW, vict.
1900 George Wm. GOUGH
1905 Charles F. GLOVER
1913 Barsabas NEAL
1930 Barsabas NEAL


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF105168 (Lat/Lon: 52.737522, -0.364771), Thurlby which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

  • The name Thurlby is from the Old Scandinavian Thorulfr+by, or "Farmstead of Thorulfr". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Turoluesbi.
    ["A Dictionary of English Place-Names," A. D. Mills, Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Ness Wapentake in the South Kesteven district and parts of Kesteven.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council about civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to answer family history questions.
  • For today's local governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • In 1769, Ann FISHER left the interest on £100 for the benefit of the poor. It was generally given as bread at Christmas.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Bourne Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases were heard in the Bourne petty session hearings on Mondays.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 508
1831 632
1841 699
1871 844
1881 814
1891 782
1901 726
1911 756


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1853, replaced in 1877 and enlarged in 1898 to hold up to 150 children.
  • A School Board was formed in 1875.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.