Thorpe (Farndon)


"Thorpe-by-Newark is a village and parish, 3 miles south-west of Newark, with a population of 108 inhabitants and 697 acres of land of the rateable value of £1,419. About 180 acres of common land was enclosed 40 years ago, and exonerated from tithes, but all the rest still remains titheable. Sir Robert Howe Bromley, Bart., is principal owner, and lord of the manor.
The church, dedicated to St Lawrence, is a small structure, upon an eminence, and has 40 acres of glebe. The rectory, valued in the King;s books at £8, now £280, is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and the Rev. Charles Townsend M.A. is the incumbent, who resides at the rectory, a neat, modern, brick mansion near the church. W.R. Brockton Esq. is a small owner, and Mr John Tomlin is a resident owner, with a few other small owners.
The residents are, Rev. Chas. Townsend, M.A., rectory; and Wm. Bennet, Thos. Fryer, Wm. Smith, and John Tomlin, farmers ; Wm. Smith, cottager, and George Mason, joiner."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Southwell sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 3534

Church History

  • In the 1086 Domesdaqy Book entry for this parish, there is no mention of either a church or priest.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence (often spelled Laurence).
  • The church was built of Bennington blue stone with Ancaster stone facings.
  • The church was in poor shape in 1624, with water pouring through the roof during rains.
  • During the English Civil War, during the siege of Newark, the old communion cup was stolen from the church by ransacking soldiers.
  • When the Reverend William WOOD came to the church in the late 1860s he found a sum of money (between £40 and £50) which the rectors had put aside for the purpose of restoration. In order to boost these funds, WOOD called upon the assistance of his parishioners and, alongside donations from the Lord of the Manor, Sir Henry BROMLEY and local landowner Mr TOMLIN, a new building was erected on the old site during 1869-70.
  • The tower was restored in 1934.
  • The church seats only 70.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Lawrence's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.
  • David HALLAM-JONES also has a photograph of St. Lawrence's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1555 for all entries.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Newark.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

A village and a parish 3.5 miles SW of Newark.

The village is just off the A46 (Foss Way) just east of East Stoke. David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of the end of Main street in the village on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016.

Robert DANYLEC has a photograph of Thorpe Village on Geo-graph, showing the Fall colours, taken in November, 2005.

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John Marius WILON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72", states:

THORPE, a parish in Southwell district, Notts; 3½ miles SW of Newark r. station. Post town, Newark. Acres, 698. Real property, £1,745. Pop., 107. Houses, 23. The manor belongs to Sir H. Bromley, Bart. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £280. Patron, the Lord Chancellor.

Historical Geography

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



It was here, in June 1487, that King Henry VII raised his standard before the terrible battle of East Stoke that finally secured the Tudors on the English throne.



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Military History

  • Inside the church is a monument to Lord William de THORPE who fought at the 1346 battle of Crecy. He died in 1361.
  • There is a monument and window in the church dedicated to the memory of John Bainbridge WOOD who was killed in the second Boer War on 1 June 1901.

Military Records

The rector's son, Lieut. Andrew Wentworth PING, was wounded by shrapnel in World War One and the Newark Great War Bulletin of 15 March, 1915 reports that the shrapnel caused a sceptic poisoning of the wound.


Names, Personal

Lucy TOWNSEND (1781 - 1847) was a prominent Feminist, revered by many today as a founder of the Women's Movement. Her husband Charles was an avid abolutionist and an active member of the Anti-Slavery Society.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Newark Wapentake (Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.
  • The parish has formed a joint East Stoke with Thorpe Parish Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark-on-Trent petty session hearings.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed in 1813.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 44
1831 105
1841 106
1851 115
1881 90
1891 72
1901 66