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Thorney (Thorneshay and Thorneshagh)

"Thorney is a small village, 8 miles east of Tuxford, and 14 miles north by east of Newark. Its parish forms a tongue of land which stretches into Lincolnshire, and comprises the three townships of Thorney, Broadholme and Wigsley, in which are 413 inhabitants and 4,140 acres of land, of which 300 acres are in woods, of the value of £2,690. The manor of Thorney has long been possessed by the Nevile family, and now belongs to the Rev. Christopher Nevile, who resides in the Hall, a neat modern mansion near the church.
The church is a handsome edifice with two bells, dedicated to St Helen. It was rebuilt of stone at the sole expense of the present vicar and the Nevile family. It is in the Norman style and will seat 300 persons. The pews are all open, and all the windows are of beautifully stained glass. It was consecrated April 11 1850. In the vestry are two ancient tablets of the Nevile family. The living is a vicarage, valued in the King's books at £4 7s 6d, now at £1,600. The Rev. Christopher Nevile B.A. is the patron and incumbent, and the Rev. Henry Nevile B.A. the curate. There is a small vicarage house and 18 acres of glebe, purchased with £400 of Queen Anne's bounty. In 1841, a Sunday School was erected by Captain Nevile, father of the present incumbent, and about 50 children attend. The township contains 2,380 acres of land, of the rateable value of £1,400. The vicarial tithe was commuted in 1843 for £170."
[White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Census

Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2476
1891 R.G. 12 / 2711
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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Thorney is a small village and a parish which contains three townships: Thorney, Broadholme and Wigsley. The parish is 149 miles north of the city of London, on the A47 trunk road near the navigable Fossdyke Canal and about 11 miles south-east of Retford. The parish covers 4,140 acres.

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Military Records

Richard CROFT has a photograph of five Commonwealth War Graves on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006. The description includes the monument inscriptions. Four of the men died on the same day.

The churchyard contains a total of ten Commonwealth War Graves from WOrld War II. They are for:

  1. Raymond George ALEXANDER, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 27, died 31 Aug. 1944. Husband of Joan Nora ALEXANDER of Egham, Surrey.
  2. Patrick BROOK, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 27, died 2 Mar 1943. Son of Evan and Violet Emily BROOK of Hampstead, London.
  3. William Ernest John COX, flgt. srgt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 21, died 31 Aug. 1944. Husband of Gladys Ethel COX of Hornchurch, Essex.
  4. Robert William HOLDITCH, pilot ofcr., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 22, died 17 Jan. 1945. Son of Robert Reginald and of Hilda Edith HOLDITCH.
  5. Aereon HUGHES, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 20, died 31 Aug. 1944. Son of Harry and S. E. Hughes, of Tan-y-fron Denbighshire.
  6. James William HUMPHREY, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 23, died 14 Jan. 1945. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Henry HUMPHREY of Penge, Kent.
  7. Walter Stephen JOBLING, Flying ofcr., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 34, died 1 Sep. 1943. Husband of Dinah Annie JOBLING of Lincoln
  8. James LAMBELL, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 36, died 31 Aug. 1944. Son of Samuel and Eleanor LAMBELL, of Darlington, Co. Durham.
  9. Joseph John Gordon NICHOLSON, flgt. srgt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 28, died 12 Apr. 1944. Husband of Joan NICHOLSON of South Africa.
  10. Robert William RASHBROOK, flgt. srgt., RAAF., age 20, died 1 Sep. 1943. Son of Ethel May RASHBROOK of Bassendean Western Australia.
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Names, Geographical

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Politics and Government

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Population

    Year Thorney Broadholme Wigsley
1801 134 47 62
1851 191 115 106
1881 162 95 91
1891 186 102 78
1901 192 90 89
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