Thornton le Moor



  • The parish was in the Market Rasen 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 646
1861 R.G. 9 / 2395
1871 R.G. 10 / 3425
1891 R.G. 12 / 2624

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The age of the church is uncertain, although parts appear to be of Norman origin and there is a Saxon doorway inside. Evidence points to the church existing circa 1100.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1871.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with English Heritage.
  • The church seats 120.
  • There is a photograph of All Saints Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1711.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The parish is often listed as being in the Walshcroft rural deanery in many directories of the county.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Market Rasen 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

This small village and parish sits about 7 miles south-west of Caistor on the Ancholme navigation canal. The parish covers about 1,500 acres and includes the ancient hamlet and manor of Bisthorpe (sometimes spelled "Baesthorpe")..

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1205 west out of Caistor past South Kelsey.
  • See the Lincolnshire Touring and Holidays page on this site.
You can see pictures of Thornton le Moor which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • William PARKER built a mansion here, Thornton House, around 1835.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF050963 (Lat/Lon: 53.452896, -0.420141), Thornton le Moor which are provided by:


Military History

  • The War Memorial is located inside the church and is a Roll of Honour to those who died and those who served in World War I. See the photograph at Geograph.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Walshcroft Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In April, 1936, this parish was abolished and all 1,533 acres were amalgamated with Owersby Civil Parish.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the East Lindsey division of Lindsey. Others place the parish in the North Lindsey division of the county.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard on the 1st Tuesday each month at the Market Rasen petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 50
1831 99
1841 102
1871 119
1881 80
1891 83
1901 102
1911 96


  • There is no record of a school here before 1900.
  • The children of this parish attended school in North Owersby and South Kelsey.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.