Thorpe (Wysall)


"This is a small village and parish, 11 miles south by east of Nottingham, containing only 38 inhabitants amd 930 acres of land, principally belonging to Mansfield Parkyns and George Frith Esquires, the former of whom is lord of the manor and patron of the rectory, which is valued at £2 3s 4d. The only remains of the church is a heap of ruins, nearly overgrown with grass, upon which the present rector, the Rev. T. Grantham, preached his introductory sermon in 1824, and has never since officiated in the parish. Tradition says, that this place was destroyed either at the Battle of Willoughby Field, or by the hail-storm noticed at Stanton-on-the-Wolds."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The local reisdents use the Keyworth Library. Here is a mobile library which comes about every 4th Thursday and parks on Main Street by the Post Office.

The Library at Nottingham will also prove useful in your research.



  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2278 & 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 3260
1891 R.G. 12 / 2518

Church History

  • The 1086 Domesday Book does not record a priest or a church in this parish.
  • The dedication of the Anglican parish church is unknown.
  • The old Anglican parish church was apparently built by the Normans around 1291 and was a small structure.
  • The first rector was appointed to this place in 1251.
  • A drawing from 1790 shows only a ruined steeple. The church tower was still partially standing in 1810.
  • The last religious service was conducted here in 1824, when the Rev. T. GRANTHAM preached an introductory sermon standing on the ruins. Apparently he never returned.
  • The site of the building is now just a mound.

Church Records

  • The last recorded event at the church was a marriage performed in 1712.
  • The church was in the No. 2 deanery of Bingham.
  • Your best bet may be to start searching Wysall's church records or other nearby parishes.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This parish lies some 120 miles north of London, about 6 miles north-east of Loughborough and just west of Willoughby on the Wolds. The parish covers about 863 acres.

There is no village. The village was deserted by 1535. The site of the village is just a few mounds and dips. There are a few scattered farmhouses. If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A46 motorway north out of Leicester city and follow it out to the Nottinghamshire border. Turn left into Willoughby on the Wolds. Near the west end of the village is a road to Wysall. Turn right onto that road and you will pass through Thorpe in the Glebe. Remember, it is just a few scattered farm houses.
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Historical Geography

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



  • The village was deserted following the enclosure and conversion of much of its arable land into a sheep run in the late 1400s.
  • The village was reported as deserted to King Henry VIII in 1535.
  • The parish is now home to Nottingham's largest Alpaca farm.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK608255 (Lat/Lon: 52.823611, -1.099161), Thorpe (Wysall) which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • This parish is also known as "Thorpe Bochart" and "Thorpe Buzzard".
  • The name has Scandinavian roots; "Thorpe" meaning a secondary settlement, perhaps to Wysall. "Glebe" probably means "earth clods". An old name for the parish is Thorpe-in-the-Clottes".

Politics & Government

  • This place is listed as an ancient parish in Nottingham county, but, in fact, no parish existed here in 1068. It is believed to have been established around 1100.
  • The parish was in the south division of the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Wysall Parish Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union in Leicestershire.


 Year Population
1801 20
1851 33
1861 36
1871 49
1881 51
1891 33
1901 37
1911 30


  • There were no schools built in this parish.