North Thoresby

North Thoresby is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated between Louth and Grimsby, approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) from each,[1] and has a village population of 1,068 (2011)[2] with 50.5% of the population being over 60.[3]

North Thoresby
St.Helen's church, North Thoresby, Lincs. - - 146738.jpg
St Helen's parish church
North Thoresby is located in Lincolnshire
North Thoresby
North Thoresby
Location within Lincolnshire
Population1,068 (2011)
OS grid referenceTF292984
• London140 mi (230 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGrimsby
Postcode districtDN36
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°28′00″N 0°03′16″W / 53.466694°N 0.054483°W / 53.466694; -0.054483Coordinates: 53°28′00″N 0°03′16″W / 53.466694°N 0.054483°W / 53.466694; -0.054483

The area is chiefly agricultural but the majority of employed residents work in Grimsby and Cleethorpes or in the industries situated on the Humber bank.[citation needed]

The name North Thoresby is composed of the given name Thor and the suffix 'by', as with other villages in the area – indicating the influence of the Vikings.[4] South Thoresby also in Lincolnshire, is to be found to the south of Louth, whilst Thoresby Hall is not in the area, but in Nottinghamshire some 50 miles (80 km) to the west.


Evidence was found, just outside the village, that grapes were grown in the area by the Romans[5] but the claim has been contested.[6] The Village lies on a Roman road from Cadeby to North Coates, believed to have been a route of salt transportation from the coast to Lincoln.[1]

North Thoresby is listed in the same Domesday entry as Autby,[1] and in 1416 it was combined into Thoresby-cum-Autby parish, following the desertion of Autby and the loss of the village church.[1]

The Anglican parish church, St Helen's,[7] occupies a site where Christian worship has continued for more than 1,000 years. Like most churches of its age it has seen many alterations from an original simple room[according to whom?] to a 15th-century edifice with north and south aisles. The south aisle was demolished in Elizabethan times but remains of it survive inside the church.[citation needed] The church includes part of a Saxon grave cover, Tudor bench-ends and Restoration plaques which record the work tradesman such as "putty makers".[citation needed] There is also a memorial tablet to Francis Bond (1852-1918), the late 19th-century authority on Gothic architecture, who was born in the village.[7] Historically the parish was within Haverstoe, the south division of the Bradley-Haverstoe wapentake, in the North Riding of Lindsey.[8]

North Thoresby was enclosed in 1839, its Tithe barn still stands having been converted into a private dwelling standing to the east of the rectory.[1][9]

Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists each had a chapel here prior to 1900. The Methodist chapel, school and school house, were built in the mid-19th century.[10] In 1985 the school and house were converted into a community centre, The Wesley Centre, when the primary school relocated to a new building on High Street.[11]

Mosaic commemorating the crew of Avro Lancaster ED583

During the Second World War, on 4 October 1943, an RAF Avro Lancaster ED583 crashed in the village during a test flight from RAF Waltham, killing the crew. A memorial was dedicated to them on 4 September 2005.[12]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches south to Ludborough with a total population taken at the 2011 census of 1,933.[13]


North Thoresby has two public houses (with restaurants), a number of shops, a microbrewery, a used-car sales company, a primary school,[14] surgery and pharmacy,[15] a village hall, and facilities for football, cricket and bowls. Both the Parish Council and a voluntary group, The Village People, promote community activities.


North Thoresby is on the route of regular bus service between Louth and Grimsby. The village is also served by the National Express route between Grimsby and London, and Grimsby and Westward Ho!, stopping on the A16 close to the Halfway House, formerly Marquis of Granby public house. The village's railway station was on the East Lincolnshire Railway line from Louth to Grimsby until closed to passengers in 1970, with all freight movement on the line suspended in 1980 following the Beeching Axe. The line was reopened in part as the Lincolnshire Wolds heritage railway in 2009, which currently runs between the village and Ludborough.[citation needed]


North Thoresby and District Bowls Club are an outdoor bowls club affiliated to the English Bowling Federation, and play in four leagues - Grimsby, Skegness, Louth Wold and Lindsey Marsh. The team is based at The Storr Green. Amy Monkhouse, a World Ladies Bowls Champion, first became interested in the game at the club.[16]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Pre-Construct Archaeology (Lincoln) commissioned by Anglian Water, S. A. Savage (June 2007). "Replacement Water Main, Church Lane, North Thoresby Lincolnshire" (PDF). Anglian Water Services Ltd. p. 5. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  2. ^ "North Thoresby 2011 census data". Retrieved 8 November 2014.
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  4. ^ "Viking Place Names". History Learning Site. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  5. ^ "A History of British Gardening Series - Roman". Archived from the original on 16 February 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  6. ^ Skelton, Stephen (2008); UK Vineyards Guide Skelton; SP Skelton p3. ISBN 0951470337. Retrieved 12 May 2012
  7. ^ a b "St Helen's Church". Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2005.
  8. ^ "Open Domesday, Place: North Thoresby". Open Domesday. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Church of St Helen, North Thoresby". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  10. ^ "North Thoresby"; Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham Circuit
  11. ^ "North Thoresby Methodist Church". Lincoln & Grimsby Methodist District. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  12. ^ "Dedication of Memorial". North Thoresby, Grainsby and Waithe parish council. Lincolnshire County Council. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  14. ^ North Thoresby Primary Academy
  15. ^ North Thoresby Practice
  16. ^ "North Thoresby and District Bowls Club", Lincolnshire County Council. Retrieved 10 November 2022
  17. ^ "FAWCETT, Sir Luke". Who Was Who. A & C Black. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  18. ^ "Story: Kendall, Thomas". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. New Zealand Government. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  19. ^ Venebles, Edmund; Sadler, Susan L. (September 2004). "Mapletoft, Robert (1609-1677), college head". In Sadler, S. L (ed.). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/18019. Retrieved 15 March 2015. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • Webster et al. 1967 A Possible Vineyard of the Romano-British period at North Thoresby, Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. No. 2

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