Monument record MLI81728 - Settlement of South Thoresby


The settlement of South Thoresby probably has its origins in the late Anglo-Saxon period, and survives to the present.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

44009 South Thoresby is mentioned in Domesday. Sokeland of Greetham manor (which belonged to Earl Hugh) is recorded as being located in South Thoresby. The sokeland is returned with other sokeland, and so it is very difficult to make an estimate of size at this time. {1} The name Thoresby comes from an Old Danish personal name, and 'by' meaning settlement or homestead. {2} In 1563 there were six households in South Thoresby, and the population grew in size by 1801 to 150, and fell again to 108 in 1901. {3}{4} Medieval settlement and field system remains have been noted on aerial photography. During a site visit in May 2001 the land was walked and earthworks surviving in pasture fields were identified, which broadly confirmed the NMP interpretations. {5}{6}{7} There are probably late medieval hollow ways and field boundaries defining crofts and fields clearly visible and the line of the road is confirmed by a cobbled surface seen by the landowner when constructing the present gravel drive west of Limepits Farm. In the field to the west of this ridge and furrow is recorded, which is not clear on the ground. In the field to the south of this there are indiscernable earthworks which may represent dumping from excavations of ponds although it is probably more complicated than that. The grass in the eastern portion was too long to gauge the form of the earthworks although a large hollow at in a field to the south of Limepits Farm is probably a quarry site. The area adjacent to the stream contains what may the earthwork remains of a watermill and its water supply (see 44010). {7}

Sources/Archives (7)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. 13/3.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Ekwall, E.. 1960. Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names - Fourth Edition. page 466.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. page 195.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. page 367.
  •  Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. BMJ12, 15; 2/5/73.
  •  Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. TF4077:LI.134.1.
  •  Unpublished Document: Bonnor, J.. 2001. South Thoresby site visit. -.



Grid reference Centred TF 400 769 (805m by 965m)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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