Thornton Curtis

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Thornton Curtis
Thornton Curtis Churchyard - - 567741.jpg
Church of St Lawrence, Thornton Curtis
Thornton Curtis is located in Lincolnshire
Thornton Curtis
Thornton Curtis
Location within Lincolnshire
Population295 (2011)
OS grid referenceTA087179
• London155 mi (249 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townULCEBY
Postcode districtDN39
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°38′47″N 0°21′23″W / 53.646452°N 0.356438°W / 53.646452; -0.356438Coordinates: 53°38′47″N 0°21′23″W / 53.646452°N 0.356438°W / 53.646452; -0.356438

Thornton Curtis is a village and civil parish in the North Lincolnshire district of Lincolnshire, England, approximately 5 miles (8 km) south-east from the town of Barton-upon-Humber. The population (including Burnham) at the 2011 census was 295.[1]

The name Thornton is from the Old English thorn+tun, meaning "village where thorn trees grow." In the 1086 Domesday Book the name is written as "Torentune". The origin of the Curtis part of the village name is unknown.

The village is served by Thornton Abbey railway station.

Notable buildings[edit]

Nearby is the 12th-century Thornton Abbey and the Grade I listed Abbots Lodge, a country house built on the monastic ruins for the MP Sir Vincent Skinner.

The parish church is a Grade I listed building dedicated to Saint Lawrence and dating from the 12th century. It consists of a 13th-century chancel, a nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled 13th-century western tower with eight pinnacles and containing 5 bells. The church was restored 1884 by James Fowler of Louth which included rebuilding the south porch, and new nave and chancel roofs. There is a 12th-century square black Tournai marble font, with opposed pairs of carved animals to sides, standing on a cylindrical column with shafts to each corner on a square base.[2]

Thornton Hall is a Grade II* listed country house built between 1695 and 1700 by Sir Rowland Wynne.[3]

There is one public house in the village, the Thornton Hunt, which dates from the 18th century and is Grade II listed.[4]

Thornton Village
Thornton Hall
Thornton Hunt Inn
The Tournai font, St Lawrence's Church

Historical and latest population/demographic details[edit]

The population of Thornton Curtis remained relatively stable for the 110 years from 1850 to 1960; since 1960 a marked decline can be seen.

Year Population
1801 242
1811 300
1821 328
1831 362
1841 393
1851 497
1861 483
1871 478
1881 491
1891 489
1901 477
1911 452
1921 481
1931 467
1941 N/A
1951 422
1961 403
1971 336
1981 308
1991 279
2001 246
2011 295

Information from the United Kingdom Census 2001:

  • Number of households in the parish: 116 (50% detached houses or bungalows).
  • Of the 246 residents, 117 were male and 129 female.
  • Over 50% of residents fell into the 30- to 59-year-old age categories.
  • Ethnicity: 97.6% British White.
  • Unemployment Rate: 2.48%.
  • Household Owner/Occupier (either outright or with mortgage): 64.1%.
  • Car ownership by household (at least one car per household): 88.7%.
  • 33.2% of the residents held no formal qualifications.
  • 8.4% of residents held Degree level or equivalent qualifications.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of Saint Lawrence, Thornton Curtis (1227786)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Thornton Hall (1103712)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  4. ^ Historic England. "The Thornton Hunt Inn (1227790)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 August 2011.

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