"THOROTON, a parish in Bingham district, Notts; 2 miles N of Elton r. station, and 4½ NE by E of Bingham. Post town, Nottingham. Acres, 730. Real property, £1,168. Pop., 210. Houses, 43. T. Hall is the residence of G. Storer. The living is a vicarage annexed to Orston. The church is good."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 854
1861 R.G. 9 / 2483
1871 R.G. 10 / 3547
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717

Church History

  • The Anglican parish chapel was dedicated to Saint Helena.
  • The church was struck by ligntning and damaged in 1868.
  • The church was restored in 1869.
  • The church seats 135.
  • The church is a Grade I listed structure with British Heritage.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Helen's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUSTT has a photograph of the Church tower on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1583.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1777-1854.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham No. 2.
  • The parish had a small Wesleyan Methodist chapel in the early 1900s.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Thoroton is a small village, township, parochial chapelry and a parish on the north-west bank of the Smite River (or Rivulet). The village stands 4 miles north-east of Bingham, 9 miles south-west of Newark-on-Trent and 125 miles north of London.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Thoroton is north of the A52 and east of the A46 trunk roads. Take the A52 east out of Bingham and turn northeast at Aslocton.
  • Andrew TATLOW provides a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013. You might wish to offer your talent and artistry to embelish this sign.
You can see pictures of Thoroton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of Thoroton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of Thoroton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK765425 (Lat/Lon: 52.974404, -0.862221), Thoroton which are provided by:


Military Records

The War Memorial is a white marble plaque with black engraved letters on the north wall of the parish church.

To read the inscription on the War Memorial, see the Southwell Churches History Project site.

These are the names enscribed on the war memorial above:

  1. H. WHITEHEAD, North Staffs
  2. C. H. JOHNSON, Leics.
  3. A. CLARICOATS (possibly Arthur Claricoate)
  4. T. HALLAM
  5. E. FOSTER
  6. S. I. JOHNSON, Cheshire Regt.
  2. A. SMITH
  5. G. WILCOX
  6. H. WILCOX
  7. W. WILCOX

Names, Personal

Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of The grave of Ethel Gordon FENWICK on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish around 1866.
  • This place was anciently a Berue of Orston, which lies to the south.
  • The parish was in north division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake in the eastern (or southern) part of the county.
  • In March, 1889, this parish was enlarged by 56 acres taken from Hawksworth Civil Parish.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and have instead decided to have Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1799.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.
  • William ABBOTT left, some time before 1869, the interest from £25 for poor widows in the parish.


 Year Population
1841 120
1851 177
1861 210
1871 188
1881 152
1891 121
1901 88
1911 100
1921 84
1931 105