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Thornby, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Thornby, a village and a parish in Northamptonshire, .5 miles NW of Brixworth station on the Northampton and Market Harborough section of the L. & N.W.R., and 10¼ NNW of Northampton. There is a post and telegraph office under Rugby; money order office, Guilsborough. The parish comprises 1232 acres; population, 214. The manor, with Thornby Hall, a mansion in the Elizabethan style, belongs to the Pender family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £312 with residence. The church is a building of stone partly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, N aisle, S porch, and an embattled western tower. It has some good stained windows. There is a Union chapel, used by various denominations, and a reading-room.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorthamptonshire 
Ecclesiastical parishThornby St. Helen 
Poor Law unionBrixworth 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in association with the Northamptonshire Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts for Northamptonshire online.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Thornby from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northamptonshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNN6
Post TownNorthampton