• 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:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2115
1861 R.G. 9 / 2393
1871 R.G. 10 / 3422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2622

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):



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.

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.

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.

If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Thoresway which are provided by:




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.



  • 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


  • 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:


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.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



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


  • 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.