• The parish was in the Bassingham sub-district of the Newark 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 / 2477
1891 R.G. 12 / 2712

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Germain (sometimes given as "St German").
  • The church is mostly of Norman and Early English architectural styles.
  • The church underwent partial restorations in 1843 and 1864.
  • A photograph of the Anglican church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • And Richard CROFT has a photo of the church on Geo-graph taken in September 2005.
  • Here is a photo of Saint Germain's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1575, but Bishop's transcripts go back only to 1602.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes for the Graffoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Thurlby is a parish and small village approximately 9 miles SW of Lincoln and 9 miles NE of Newark on Trent. Swinderby parish borders on the west, Norton Disney parish to the south and the River Witham forms the eastern border. The ancient Foss Way, now the A46 trunk road, cuts through the northwest corner of the parish. The Trent River is about four miles to the west and two branches of the River Witham embrace the parish. The parish covers about 1,840 acres, much of which was a large open moor before the 1800's.

The village of Thurlby abuts the Foss Way to the north. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Thurlby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Roman pottery and fragments of the old Roman Foss road have been found in the parish.
  • Sir Edward Ffrench BROMHEAD (1789-1855) was a member of the Analytical Society at Cambridge and later was George GREEN's patron and George BOOLE's friend. He is buried in the churchyard.


  • Thurlby Hall  is the principle manor in the parish. In 1871, it was the residence of Sir Benjamin Parnell BROMHEAD, baronet, who succeeded his father, the third baronet, in 1870.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK907617 (Lat/Lon: 53.144351, -0.644932), Thurlby which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • The name Thurlby is from the Old Scandinavian Thorulfr+by, or "Farmstead of Thorulfr". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Turoluesbi.
    ["A Dictionary of English Place-Names," A. D. Mills, Oxford University Press, 1991]

Names, Personal

  • Here is a partial list of surnames found in the parish in 1871: BELCHER, BROMHEAD, CLAYTON, COLLINGHAM, FISHER, HARSTON, JACKSON, METTAM, MORRIS, ROE, ROGERS and TRIMMINGHAM.

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 Boothby-Graffoe Wapentake in the North Kesteven division of the county, in the parts of Kesteven.
  • For today's district governance, contact the North Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lincoln (South) petty session hearings.
  • Care of the poor dates back to at least 1692 when Sir Christopher NEVILE donated £90 which was used to purchase land for their benefit.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Newark Poor Law Union in 1837.


Year Inhabitants
1801 78
1841 154
1851 156
1861 142
1871 139
1881 118
1891 112
1901 109
1911 110
1971 1,454