Information on Thoralby, Yorkshire

Thoralby is around a mile from Newbiggin and West Burton, just off the B6160 in Bishopdale. It has  a population of just over 300 people living in 101  houses. The name comes from the Old Norse words of ‘Thoraldr’, a person’s name, and ‘bi’ for farm, meaning Thoraldr’s farm. By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 the village was referred to as Turoldesbi.  As is the case with many villages in the area, it was a centre of lead mining in the 18th and 19th century and the remains of mines and quarries are still visible on Thoralby Common. In the 19th century the village had two chapels, both of which have been converted to private dwellings and the village boasts 26 Grade II listed buildings in the village, which include the old chapels, post office and the pub The George, dating from 1732.

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