• The parish was in the Horncastle sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2368
1871 R.G. 10 / 3382
1881 R.G. 11 / 3249
1891 R.G. 12 / 2598

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Wilfred (spelling variations abound).
  • The church was "heavily" restored in 1890.
  • The church only seats about 80.
  • There is a photograph of St. Wilfred's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • There is a photograph of St. Wilfred's church on the Flickr web site. On that same site there is an exterior shot taken on a beautiful, sunny day.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Wilfrid's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2005.
  • Here is a photograph of St. Wilfred's church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1562.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This village and parish sit 1.5 miles south-west of Horncastle on a rise. The River Bain passes through the east end of the parish. The parish covers some 1,755 acres, but its size has changed over time. In 1900 it covered only 1,280 acres.

The village population has melted away in recent decades. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1191 arterial road south-west out of Horncastle.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Thornton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF243678 (Lat/Lon: 53.192768, -0.14095), Thornton which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1930, Captain Alfred Cecil RIPPIN of the R.A.S.C. was resident in this parish.

Politics and Government

  • In 1887, a portion of the parish was transfered to the new parish of Woodhall.
  • In 1936, the parish boundaries with Horncastle, just to the east, were re-aligned.
  • The parish was in the South division of the ancient Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 97
1811 107
1821 153
1831 216
1841 236
1851 240
1861 281
1871 208
1881 192
1891 95
1901 66
1921 80
1931 75


  • The children of this parish attended school in Horncastle.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.