Thurlby (and Northorpe), By Bourne, South Lincolnshire… one of three villages named Thurlby in Lincolnshire!


St Firmin’s Church will be open the 11th, 12th and 13th September for Heritage Open Days Lincolnshire.

We will have in the church our original registers, some dating back to the 16th century, these will be available for family research.

St Michaels, Langtoft and St John’s Baston , the other churches in the Ness Group will also have their registers available that weekend.

The theme this year is WW1 and at present we have a small group researching the men on                       St Firmin’s War Memorial, which we will be pleased to share.

More details will be posted nearer the time

Welcome to this Thurlby/Northorpe website, a site which is very much a work in progress.

It is hoped that it will be of interest to all who live, have lived or have ancestors and are researching family history in the village of Thurlby/Northorpe. I hope to add to it as time goes on. If you have any information that you think would be suitable for inclusion, or you would like to contact me, please use the contact form.

If you wish to leave Family History questions please do so on the Family Research page, this enables others to see and perhaps link with others researching the same family name.

Details of the Transcripts, Registers and Monumental Inscriptions available in St Firmin’s Church are on the Family Research  page.  If you wish to view records it is advisable to make an appointment as the church is not always open.  Contact details for the Vicar and Churchwarden can be found at the link below. 

Link to St Firmin’s Church

1675 John Ogilby’s Britannia Scroll Road Maps- See Plate 41 the scroll shows the roads in our area in 1675- fascinating!

Wanted: People to Undertake Family History Research

The grave of Captain W A Sneath MLew Sommerfield Collection

The grave of
                 Captain W A Sneath MC                        Lew Sommerfield Collection

Every Remembrance Day, a long list of names of the fallen of both World Wars is read out in St. Firmin’s. Year 6 pupils from the school also come each year to church for their own Remembrance Service. As you know, it is the centenary of World War I this year. I would like to ask if there are any volunteers in the village who would like to spend the next nine months investigating each person listed on our memorial tablets – so we can create a visual and printed memorial of their lives in the village.

It may be that there is material already held by people in the village and I really do hope you will share it. I hope to be able to tie in Lew Sommerfield’s collection of photographs of the village at the time. I feel that this would be a terrific way of remembering those men who gave their lives for our freedom.

See REMEMBRANCE page – tab at top

Please do contact me if you want to be involved in this group.

Louis Sommerfield Collection

We are very fortunate to have a very large number of photos of the village , approximately 800, many of the photos date back to the late 1800′s and show local families at work and play. We are indebted to the late Louis Sommerfield for this magnificent and historically valuable collection.

The photo collection are periodically displayed at events in the church. If you would like to be informed when they will be available please use the contact form.  There an example of the collection at

We are very much indebted to the Rev.W.G.Summers who, when Vicar of Thurlby, researched and provided much of the information that we have available today.

There is now a printed booklet  ” The Church of St Firmin Thurlby” available for £1.50 + postage, please use Contact Form.