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THORNE: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1829.

"THORNE, is a small thriving market-town, in the parish of its name, and wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill, 165 miles from London, 66 from Manchester, 28 from York, 11 from Doncaster, and 7 from Snaith; situated on the south bank of the Don, surrounded by a country for the most part fertile, but low and monotonous. In the neighbourhood are vast moors and swamps, which, however, are mostly drained and well inclosed. Thorne is a place of some considerable trade, which is much improved by its navigation. On the banks of the river, at the quay, and at a place called 'Hangman hill,' are ship builders and raft merchants' yards, and wharfs for the unloading of merchandize. Rope making is also carried on here, and great quantities of coal are brought for the supply of the neighbourhood. The church is small, but its interior accommodation, cleanliness and simplicity, are inferior to none. It has a tower, with a peal of good bells, and a large handsome clock : the living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of Lord Deerhurst, and incumbency of the Rev. Eric Rudd. There are besides, four Methodist chapels, and one each belonging to the Unitarians and Quakers. The charities consist of two schools for poor children, one called 'Travis' and the other Brooks' charity. The market-day is Wednesday; and the fairs are the first Monday and Tuesday after June 11th and October 11th. The population of the township of Thorne, by the last census, was 3,463."

[Transcribed from Pigot's National Commericial Directory for 1828-29 ]
by Colin Hinson ©2007