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Thorpe Arnold parish church of St Mary the Virgin

Thorpe Arnold is a small farming village in the English county of Leicestershire.



Thorpe Arnold is situated on the top of a hill to the north-east of the town of Melton Mowbray.

Nearby major cities include Leicester, Birmingham, and Sheffield.

In 1870–72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Thorpe Arnold as follows:

"THORPE-ARNOLD, a parish in Melton-Mowbray district, Leicester; 1¾ mile NE of Melton-Mowbray r. station. Post town, Melton-Mowbray. Acres, 1,742. Real property, £2,811. Pop., 124. Houses, 25. The manor belongs to the Duke of Rutland. The living is a vicarage, united with Brentingby, in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £400. Patron, the Duke of Rutland. The church is old."[1]


The first recorded mention of Thorpe (Torp) goes back to 1086 when it appeared in the Domesday Book, among numerous English manors of Hugh de Grandmesnil, sheriff of the county of Leicester and Governor of Hampshire, richly rewarded by William the Conqueror for his part in the Norman conquest of England.[2]

From the 12th century, Thorp is known as Thorp Arnold by the name of its new owners, vassals of Earl of Leicester, whose family name for a long time was Erna(u)ld (Arnold) de Bosco (Bois).[3]

First Barons de Bosco, Arnold I and his son Arnold II, took an active part in political life of England and Normandy. Arnold II supported Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester, and was rewarded by the earl with a grant of numerous manors in Leicestershire (including Thorpe Arnold, Brentingby, Evington, Humberstone and Elmesthorpe) and Warwickshire (Clifton-on-Dunsmoor and Shrewley).[4]

In the 17th century, Thorp Arnold was owned by sir Martin Lister, English politician, whose stepdaughter Frances Thornhurst lately became the mother of Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.[5]


Administratively, Thorp Arnold forms part of the civil parish of Waltham on the Wolds and Thorpe Arnold that, in turn, form part of the Borough of Melton.[6] The population is included in the civil parish of Scalford.


Thorpe Arnold Cricket club in 1902

Thorpe Arnold has its own cricket club.[7] The earliest photograph of the club dates back to 1902. The present site of the club chosen in 1922.

In 1931, the club entered the Melton & District League. In 1938, the first set of club rules appeared. In 1947, Thorpe Arnold Cricket Club formed its very first junior team.

Nowadays the club still takes an active part in competitions in various leagues across the County.[8]


  1. ^ Marius, John. "Thorpe Arnold". Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales.
  2. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Transliteration. London: Penguin. 2003. pp. 652–6. ISBN 0-14-143994-7.
  3. ^ "Baronial house of Arnold de Bosco".
  4. ^ "Kathryn A. Smith. Art, Identity and Devotion in the Fourteenth-Century England: Three Women and their Books of Hours, University of Toronto Press, 2003.-С.23".
  5. ^ Parkinson, Thomas (1882). Lays and Leaves of the Forest. R Akrill. p. 180.
  6. ^ "Waltham on the Wolds and Thorpe Arnold". MapIt. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Thorp Arnold Cricket Club".
  8. ^ "About us". About Thorp Arnold Cricket Club.

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