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Census

  • The parish was in the Caistor sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2115
1861 R.G. 9 / 2393
1871 R.G. 10 / 3422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2622
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was built in the 12th century.
  • The church used to have a western tower, but that was taken down prior to 1880 for safety reasons.
  • The church seats 120.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken on a sunny day in March, 2006.
  • John FIRTH has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2011.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register has baptisms and burials from 1726 and marriages from 1728.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The church was, for a while, part of the short-lived West Walshcroft rural Deanery.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Caistor sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.
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Description & Travel

Thoresway is both a village and parish which sits in a valley of the Wolds, 155 miles north of London, about 5 miles south-east of Caistor and 13 miles north-west of Louth. Rothwell parish sits to the north and Walesby parish to the south-west. The parish covers about 2,800 acres.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

  • The parish was for centuries a rabbit warren, but was brought into cultivation in the 1800s by the application of bonemeal and lime to the soil.
  • Rod COLLINS has a Thoresway History item on his site
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Maps

  • The national grid reference is TF 1797.
  • You'll want an Ordnance Survey Explorer map, which has a scale of 2.5 inches to the mile.
  • You might like the 1906 inch-to-the-mile map of North East Lincolnshire.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF167966 (Lat/Lon: 53.453241, -0.244054), Thoresway which are provided by:

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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Walshcroft Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In April, 1936, this parish gained 1,640 acres when Croxby Civil parish was abolished.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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Population

  Year  Inhabitants
1801 106
1831 158
1841 189
1871 220
1881 258
1891 259
1901 220
1911 190
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Schools

  • A Public Elementary School was built here for 50 children and an additional classroom was added in 1884. Another addition occured in 1903.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.