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


St Firmin’s Church will be open the 12th, 13th and 14th September for

Heritage Open Days Lincolnshire.

10 – 5 Friday and Saturday , 11 – 5 Sunday

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

The Sommerfield Collection of over 800 photographs of the village and its life since the late 1800’s will be displayed. We are adding to this all the time and there will be over 100 photos added since last displayed.

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 at this event.

  Children’s Trail            Refreshments will be available

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

St John’s Baston  10 – 5  Friday and Saturday, 11 – 5 Sunday

St Michael’s Langtoft   10- 4 Saturday and Sunday

More details will be posted nearer the time

Memorial Roll Research

George Edward Healey - one of the fallen.

George Edward Healey – one of the fallen.

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 and a  group in the village are 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 we really do hope you will share it with us. We hope to be able to tie in Lew Sommerfield’s collection of photographs of the village at the time. We 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


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. We are still adding to this collection and there will be over 100 additional photos on display at the Heritage Open Days.

We are also 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. 


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