Thornton Curtis



  • The parish was in the Barton sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • We have a handful of 1901 census surnames in a text file. Your additions are welcome.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2402
1871 R.G. 10 / 3436
1891 R.G. 12 / 2629
1901 R.G. 13 / 3107

Church History

  • The Abbey of St. Mary, also known as Thornton Abbey, sits just east of the village. The abbey was founded in 1139 by William le GROS, Earl of Yorkshire, and reached status of Abbey in 1148. It was seized by the crown in the Dissolution of 1541. It is now an English Heritage site.
  • The Abbey was visited by King Henry VIII in 1541.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence.
  • The church is built of stone.
  • The church was restored in 1883-4.
  • A clock was added to the tower in 1901.
  • The church seats 300 people.
  • There is a photograph of St. Lawrence church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site, taken by Debbie Shearwood.
  • Here is a photo of St. Lawrence Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the year 1568.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Yarborough Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1850. The Primitive Methodists built their chapel in 1859. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish are about 5 miles southeast of Barton-upon-Humber and 4 miles south of New Holland. Wootton parish is to the south. The parish covers over 4,900 acres and includes the hamlet of Burnham, 2 miles west of the village.

Parts of the village are designated as a "conservation area", to preserve the village character. If you are planning a visit, then:

  • By automobile, take the A1077 east from Barton and follow it as it turns south into Thornton Curtis, where it bisects the village.
  • Drop in to the Thornton Hunt Inn and ask about your family roots. The Inn hosts a "village night" where all locals are invited to meet neighbors and friends on the 1st Tuesday of each month. The Inn is a grade 2 listed building with British Heritage.
  • Visit our touring page.
You can see pictures of Thornton Curtis which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The Thornton Hunt Inn on Main street is a good spot to catch up on local news. The inn has a long history, but is still functioning. It has it own website.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the inn on Geo-graph. These are the names associated with the Inn in various directories:
Year Person
1842 -- not listed --
1861 Thomas TOWERS
1872 William SMISSONS, cowkeeper & vict.
1882 William SMISSONS, vict.
1913 George HALL
1913 John BARKER
1919 Jn. Edwd. GRINDLE
1930 William DAWSON

William SMISSONS, above, was born circa 1828 in Thornton Curtis, LIN.



  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of Thornton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA087178 (Lat/Lon: 53.645425, -0.357111), Thornton Curtis which are provided by:


Military History

David WRIGHT has a photograph of the War Memorial tablets in the church on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

The Lytch Gate to the churchyard is also a War Memorial. David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Lytch Gate on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.


Military Records

John Emerson supplies this list of names off of the memorial:

To the glory of God and in proud and grateful memory of the following men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918.

Name Notes Name Notes
Charles William CARLILE a Henry Thorpe GODDARD 31 Jan 1918
Fred Drury CARLILE a Charles William HOWSON a
Moses CANT a Albert PARKER b
Reginald Bertram Talbot CLIFF a Fred SHEPHERDSON a
Frederick DIXON b Arthur WILSON b
John William GODDARD b    

a = Not found in CWGC database
b = more than one candidate in CWGC database

To the Glory of God and in proud and grateful memory of the following men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1939-1945.

Name Notes Name Notes
Philip William BROCKELSBY   Horace ROWNTREE  
Tom Charnley COOK   Harry Joseph SELLARS  
Ernest MOSEY      

Names, Geographical

  • The name Thornton is from the Old English thorn+tun, meaning "village where thorn trees grow." In the 1086 Domesday Book the name is rendered as Torentune.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the Glanford district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The National Archives have the Parish Council Minute Books for 1894 thru 1937 under record no. 1061.
  • District governance is currently provided by the North Lincolnshire Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



Year Inhabitants
1801 242
1811 300
1821 328
1831 362
1841 393
1851 497
1861 483
1871 478
1881 471
1891 489
1901 477
1911 452
1921 481
1931 467
2001 246


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1873 to hold 100 children. A new wing was added in 1904.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.

Thank you, Alan BRIGHMAN, for your help in providing information on this parish.