Monument record MLI85878 - Settlement of Thurlby


The settlement of Thurlby was first documented in the Domesday Book, and survives to the present.

Type and Period (1)

  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age to Modern - 1000 AD? to 2050 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

The settlement of Thurlby by Lincoln is first documented in the Domesday Book, and was known at that time as Turulfbi, Turolfbi, Turoluebi and Turoluesbi. The name means 'Thorulf's farmstead or village' from the Old Danish personal name Thorolf, and Old Danish 'by'. A manor was recorded there, which was owned by Odo the Arblaster. Three sokemen, four villeins and one bordar were also recorded (48/14). Sokeland and a berewic of the manor at Acley (or Eagle), which was owned by Countess Judith, was recorded. Fourteen sokemen were also documented (56/15). One carucate of this land was successfully claimed by Osbern, which was still soke to Countess Judith. (72/25). {1}{2} There do not not appear to be any population figures recorded for Thurlby in the Diocesan Returns of 1563. Seventeen families were documented in the late seventeenth-early eighteenth century. {3}{4} The population of Thurlby parish in the nineteenth century was small, being 78 in 1801, and 109 in 1901, peaking at 156 in 1851. {5} Earthwork remains have been noted from aerial photographs in and around the present settlement. These remains include hollow ways, crofts, crew yards, a boundary, enclosure and pond. {6}

Sources/Archives (6)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. 48/14, 56/15, 72/25-6.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. page 127.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. -.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: R.E.G. Cole. 1913. Speculum Dioeceseos Lincolniensis sub Episcopis Gul: Wake et Edm: Gibson A.D.1705-1723. Part 1: Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow. page 130.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. page 362.
  •  Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. SK9061:LI.707.1.2-8.



Grid reference Centred SK 9085 6164 (407m by 469m) (2 map features)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (0)

External Links (0)

Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


Your feedback is welcome. If you can provide any new information about this record, please contact us.