In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Thorne like this:
THORNE, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in W. R. Yorkshire. The town stands on the rier Don, the Keadby canal, and the South Yorkshire railway, amid a flat but fertile tract, 10 miles NE of Doncaster; and has a post-office‡ under Doncaster, a r. station with telegraph, two banking offices, an ancient church, six dissenting chapels, endowed schools with £200 a year, a workhouse, charities £342, ship-yards, roperies, timber-yards, wharves, a weekly market on Wednesday, and a cattle fair on 11 Oct. ...
Pop. in 1861, 2,591. Houses, 628. The parish includes four hamlets, and comprises 11,900 acres. Real property, £17,610; of which £75 are in gasworks. Pop., 3,381. Houses, 775. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £200.* Patron, the Hon. H. A. Coventry.The sub-district contains three parishes. Acres, 39,220. pop., 7,153. Houses, 1,694.The district includes Crowle and Epworth sub-districts, in Lincolnshire; and comprises 71,946 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £6,801. Pop. in 1851, 15,886; in 1861, 16,011. Houses, 3,631 Marriages in 1863, 112; births, 619,- of which 46 were illegitimate; deaths, 370,-of which 159 were at ages under 5 years, and 10 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,145; births, 5,607; deaths, 3,404. The places of worship, in 1851, were 11 of the Church of England, with 3,996 sittings; 2 of Independents, with 380 s.; 1 of Baptists, with 96 s.; 1 of Quakers, with 250 s.; 2 of Unitarians, with 200 s.; 16 of Wesleyans, with 3,391 s.; 6 of New Connexion Methodists, with 1,228 s.; 14 of Primitive Methodists, with 1,633 s.; and 1 undefined, with 10 attendants. The schools were 12 public day-schools, with 639 scholars; 49 private day-schools, with 1,039 s.; and 39 Sunday schools, with 2,505 s.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Thorne has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Doncaster. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Thorne and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Thorne, in Doncaster and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th May 2013
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