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Thursby church.jpg
St Andrew's Church, Thursby
Thursby is located in Cumbria
Thursby shown within Cumbria
Population 1,216 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference NY3250
Civil parish
  • Thursby
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIGTON
Postcode district CA5
Dialling code 01228
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°50′31″N 3°03′00″W / 54.842°N 3.050°W / 54.842; -3.050Coordinates: 54°50′31″N 3°03′00″W / 54.842°N 3.050°W / 54.842; -3.050

Thursby is a village near Carlisle in North West England. Historically, the village is part of Cumberland.


Thursby, a small commuter village[1] lies on an old Roman road, 6 miles south of Carlisle.[2] Thursby takes its old name 'Thor's by' from Thor, the Thunder God of the Saxons, whose temple was reputedly nearby at Kirksteads. The village is predominantly centred on the church, a Victorian building built in 1846 and funded by the Brisco family of Crofton Hall. A bit of heritage comes to Thursby with the church reportedly have been built by King David I of Scotland. Thursby has always been known as a commuter village for travellers to pass through.[3] The Romans once passed through Thursby on their way to Carlisle. However today the village is predominately a bedroom community for the city nearby – the village is closely linked.[4] Thursby continues to thrive and grow with active community groups and regular events occurring at the parish halls as well as sports and sporting facilities (plat area at the Jubilee Field next to Thursby Primary School). The Ship Inn provides an open fire and great pub food.[5][6]


Thursby has a population of 1,185, increasing to 1,216 measured at the 2011 census.[7]

Over the last 150 years, Thursby's population has clearly aged. However, mortality decline in the late 19th century was mainly due to the reduction of very high infant mortality rates.[8] During the 20th century, declining fertility and improved life expectancy in later life significantly changed age structures.[9] The presence or absence of large numbers of infants dying before their first birthday had little effect on overall age structures.[10]

Population growth in Thursby since 1801
Year Pop. ±%
1801 409 —    
1811 440 +7.6%
1821 515 +17.0%
1841 574 +11.5%
Year Pop. ±%
1851 591 +3.0%
1881 533 −9.8%
1891 541 +1.5%
1901 496 −8.3%
Year Pop. ±%
1911 507 +2.2%
1921 495 −2.4%
1931 480 −3.0%
1951 917 +91.0%
Year Pop. ±%
1961 882 −3.8%

Social statistics[edit]

Thursby social status graph

This shows the social status, based on 1831 occupations. We can see that as expected, there are a large proportion of servant and manual labourers (as shown in green). At 1831, the employers would have largely been on agricultural land.[11] However, for a rural village in the 19th century, Thursby does have a large number of middle and upper social classes compared to others. The 1831 census provides information, down to parish level but only shows occupations of males over 20.[12]


Thursby lies within the Workington constituency. Labour MP Tony Cunningham (elected in the 2010 general election) was elected to represent the constituency at the Houses of Parliament with 45.5% of total votes. In terms of involvement with the European Parliament residents of Thursby vote to elect MEPs for the North West England constituency.


Thursby has one primary school, "Thursby Primary School" located on School Road, post code – Cumbria CA5 6PN.[13] The school acts a very traditional primary school on the basis that it accepts children of ages 4–11 and any ability. Governors of Thursby Primary School have described it as a "happy, vibrant village school, which is situated 6 miles west of Carlisle".[14]


While Thursby still largely remains a commuters' village there are still many attractions. There are many interesting buildings in or around the village centre (a useful map can be found at the noticeboard near the green). Traditional clay – walled buildings are a feature of Thursby, named examples include Greenwood Cottage on the green and Rosedene Cottage opposite the church on Matty Lonning. Examples of the larger Georgian farms still exist at Holly Lodge and West House in the village centre. The more dated 17th century farmhouse at Evening Hill has elements of clay structures with outward buildings and a cart entrance found when entering south out of the village towards Curthwaite. A little further on is the Tudor – styled Evening Hill House built in 1833, with twisted candlestick chimneystacks.[15]


St Andrews Church at the west end of Church Lane, built in 1846 is Thursby's main church and is responsible for many organised activities from the parish council. Funded by the Brisco family, on the site of the previous church, it has been said to have been built by David I, King of Scotland.[16] The present church has a number of monuments dating back to the its time from bells located in the tower, marble monuments to ancient font encrypted in the walls.[17]


There are two major roads that run through Thursby, one being the A595 and the other being the A596. These two roads link Thursby to Carlisle. Curthwaite railway station was situated nearby, closing in 1950.

Since being located in a very rural area the bus service is the only form of transport in Thursby there is limited bus services, the most prominent bus service would be the 38 run by Stagecoach.[18] The 38 bus completes a run from Eden Street, Silloth to Carlisle Bus Station. The nearest railway stations to Thursby are Dalston (2.49 miles) and Wigton (4.59 miles).[19]


Climate data for Thursby, Cumbria, England
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6
Average low °C (°F) 2
Average precipitation cm (inches) 9.39
Source:,[20] Met Office[21]

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ "The Ship Inn" The Ship Inn. Retrieved 2 May 2012
  6. ^ "Cumberland and West Moorland". Cumberland and the West Moorland. The Buildings of England. Nikolaus Pensner.1995
  7. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
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  16. ^ "thursbyonline" Thursbyonline. Retrieved 27 April 2012
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  18. ^ "eyezandearz" Eyezandearz. Retrieved 2 May 2012
  19. ^ "stagecoach" Stagecoach, 38. Retrieved 2 May 2012
  20. ^ "Weather in Thursby, wigton". Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "Met office" Metoffice- NW England. Retrieved 30 April 2012

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