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There are many people with this surname, and it is possible that there are duplicate entries for an individual. If you discover any such duplicates, please email me and I shall correct them.

Thorp, AnnRef 426-9950
Daughter of
Squire Thorp.

In 1847, she married James Gill.

James died in 1855.

In 1858, she married William Howarth.

She was a wool moiter (?) [1861]

William died between 1861 & 1871.

Ann was a laundress [1871].

They lived at Brockwell, Sowerby [1871].

Living with her [in 1871] were her children Thomas Gill, Ellen Gill, Fred B Howarth, and Emma Howarth

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Thorp, ArthurRef 426-70
Son of Isaac Thorp, labourer.

Born in High Bentley, Shelf.

He was a miner of Shelf [1864] / a miner [1867] / a coal miner [1871, 1881] / a plasterer's labourer [1891] / a farmer [1901] / a dairy farmer [1911].

On 26th December 1864, he married Martha Murgatroyd [1843-1914].

Martha, of Shelf, was the daughter of Richard Murgatroyd, farmer


  1. Fred
  2. Phoebe [b 27th February 1867; bapt 19th April 1867; d  [Q4] 1868]
  3. Clara [4th June 1868-Q2/1952] who was a cotton & worsted  spinner [1881], roving cloth goods (worsted mill) [1911], a plush  dresser [1891], a mohair & alpaca factory worker [1901], retired &  incapacitated [1939]
  4. Titus [Q1/1872-Q4/1952] who was working on farm [1911], a  plush twister's labourer [1891], a farmer's son [1901]
  5. Phoebe [31st August 1875-Q1/1951] who was drowing cloth  goods (worsted mill) [1911], a worsted spinner [1891], a dress stuff  worker [1901], a worsted rover [1939]
  6. John Greenwood [Q1/1870-Q2/1871]
  7. Sarah [b 1877] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a dress  stuff worker [1901] & married Maurice Griffiths
  8. Mary [b 1878] who was a silk spinner [1891], a dressmaker  [1901] & married Albert Dobson
  9. Albert [b 1880] who was a silk dresser [1911]
  10. Ezra
  11. child who died young [before 1911]
  12. child who died young [before 1911]
  13. child
  14. child
  15. child

They lived at

  • High Bentley, Shelf [1871]
  • Brow Lane, Shelf [1881]
  • 13 Cardigan Street, Clayton [1891]
  • Collier Syke Farm, Queensbury [1901]
  • Browside Farm, Northowram [1908, 1911]
  • 17 Cote Hill Fold, Halifax (Clara & Phoebe) [1939]

Arthur died in Halifax [Q4 1912] (aged 68).

Martha died in Halifax [Q1 1914] (aged 70) 

This & associated entries use material contributed by Mark Harrey

Thorp, AustinRef 426-1116

Son of Dr Charles William Thorp.

In 1911, he married Edith May Petrie [1882-19??] in Todmorden.

Edith May came from Rochdale

They lived at Elm Cottage, Camberley, Surrey [1918].

He he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery [1900].

He was posted to Burma, where he was quartered with the 8th Bengal Native Mountain Battery, and was promoted to Captain [1900].

During World War I, he served with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Lieutenant-Colonel Thorp was awarded the Ordre de Léopold avec Palme and the Croix de Guerre.

He was killed [30th October 1918], a few days before the Armistice was signed.

He was buried at Le Cateau Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref II B 1]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley & Austin Thorp

Thorp, Benjamin HoltRef 426-1426
Or Thorpe.

Born 5th August 1832,

He was Vicar's Warden [for 14 years], and one of the Head Masters of the Brighouse National School [for 30 years].

He sold [loaned?] books to his pupils for 3d per week.

In 1857, he married Sarah Fisher [1835-1922] at Halifax.

He died 30th December 1885.

The couple were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse near the south door of the Church

Thorp, Dr Charles WilliamRef 426-499
LRCPI (1863), FRCSI (Exam 1874).

Son of Gabriel Thorp, surgeon.

Born in Kerry, Ireland.

He was at Stevens Hospital, Dublin [1860] before becoming Medical practitioner, physician and surgeon in Todmorden [1870, 1895].

Family stories tell that

Charles William owed his successful start in Todmorden to the patronage of one of the Fieldens, whom he had rescued from the Moors after Fielden had had a riding accident.

Fielden paid for all Thorp's daughters to be privately educated


Charles William was an Army Medical Reserve – Surgical Major 2nd VB Lancs Fusiliers.

In 1873, he succeeded Dr James Hardman as certifying surgeon for factories at Todmorden.

In March 1891, his salary as Medical Officer was raised from £25 to £35.

He served with the Local Government Medical Service [1895], and was Medical Officer of Health for Todmorden Urban District [1895] and Todmorden Union Workhouse.

In 1905, he was at the Sourhall Isolation Hospital

On 4th August 1869, he married Edith Spencer at St Mary the Virgin, Eccles, Lancashire.

Edith, of Seedley Road, Pendleton, was the daughter of Francis Spencer, manufacturer


  1. Ethel [b 1870]
  2. Spencer
  3. Austin
  4. Harold
  5. Norah [b 1877]
  6. Norman
  7. Gerald [b 1881]
  8. Kathleen [b 1884] who was a sketch maker [1911]
  9. Olive [b 1887]

They lived at

  • Pavement, Todmorden [1871]
  • Dobroyd House, Todmorden [1881, 1911]

Charles died in Todmorden [Q4 1915] (aged 73).

See Frederick Castle

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley, Linda Briggs, Mark Harrey & Austin Thorp

Thorp, DukeRef 426-521
In April 1867,
John Drinkwater was charged with the manslaughter of Thorp.

On 22nd October 1866, the 2 men and a group of others were drinking at the Rose & Crown, Greetland when they determined to have some cheese & onions fried in a pan. Thorp undertook the cooking, and as he did, Drinkwater insisted on putting additional salt & pepper in the pan. This led to a dispute, and Thorp threatened to hit the other with a dripping-pan if he did not desist, A quarrel ensued and Drinkwater, seized the frying-pan with both hands and struck Thorp on the head. He fell to the floor and was taken home, where he died later that evening.

At the trial in August 1867, the Jury were of the opinion that Drinkwater simply intended to throw the onions at Thorp, and not the pan. Drinkwater was acquitted

Thorp, EdwinRef 426-7
Son of
Richard Arthur Thorp.

He was a dealer in vegetarian foods [1911] / a chemists' assistant [1914] / a serviceman [World War I] / an invalid (suffering shell shock) [1921] / doing odd jobs at home [1939].

He never married.

In 1921, he lived with his parents at Waterside House, Todmorden.

In 1939, he lived at 32 Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden, with his siblings Florence Ellen [6th July 1886-17th January 1952] who was a spinner (cotton mill)  & Agnes Marion [b 24th January 1892] who was a stationer's shop and aunt Hannah Agnes Wild

Edwin died 26th February 1952 (aged 61) 

He was buried at Lumbutts United Methodist Free Church with his parents & siblings

Thorp, EzraRef 426-331
Son of
Arthur Thorp.

He was an apprentice joiner [1901] / a joiner of 21 Commercial Street, Thornton [1907].

On 12th August 1907, he married Bertha Annie Rowlands [1883-19??] at St Peter's Church, Bradford (Bradford Cathedral).

Bertha Annie, a weaver of 19 Commercial Street, Thornton, was the daughter of John Rowlands, stonemason

This & associated entries use material contributed by Mark Harrey

Thorp, FieldenRef 426-2

Son of Joseph Thorp.

Born in Halifax

He was an assistant teacher at Bootham, St Giles, York [1851] / schoolmaster at the Friends School, 20 Bootham, St Giles, York [1861,  1871] / Fellow of University College, London [1871] / a retired schoolmaster [1881].

In [Q2] 1860, he married Amy Jane Clark [1838-1911] in Wells, Somerset.

Amy Jane was born in Street, Somerset

They lived at

  • 20 Bootham, St Giles, York [1851, 1861, 1871]
  • 18 Blossom Street, Micklegate, York [1881]

Amy died in York [Q1 1911] (aged 73).

Fielden died in York [Q1 1921] (aged 88) 

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Thorp, FredRef 426-343
Son of
Arthur Thorp.

Born 31st July 1866.

Baptised at St Michael's & All Angels' Church, Shelf [19th April 1867].

He was a hurrier in coal mine [1881] / a plush weaver [1891] / a dyer of Clayton Heights, Clayton [1892].

On 8th October 1892, he married Sarah Jane Drake [1869-1???] at St Peter's Church, Bradford (Bradford Cathedral).

Sarah Jane, a weaver of 7 Ramsden Court, Horton, was the daughter of Jonathan Drake, wool sorter

This & associated entries use material contributed by Mark Harrey

Thorp, Dr HaroldRef 426-607
MRCS, LRCP (Lond 1898), MB (1901), CHB, DPH (1904).

Third son of Dr Charles William Thorp.

Born in Todmorden [4th April 1875].

He was educated at Bedford County School, Kempston, Bedfordshire (boarding  school) [1891]. He qualified at Owens College & Middlesex, and became a physician & surgeon at Todmorden [1905] / house surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary [1900] / house surgeon at Warrington Infirmary [1900-1942] / district medical officer, workhouse & public vaccination at Todmorden  [1920-1930] / district medical officer public vaccination at Todmorden [1935] / a physician & surgeon [1939].

On 24th April 1907, he married Mabel Sutcliffe [18??-1921].

Mabel, of Thornton-in-Craven, was born in Heptonstall


  1. Charles [b 1908]
  2. Mary [b Q1/1912]
  3. Joan [b Q3/1916]

They lived at

  • Dobroyd House, Todmorden [1881]
  • Vale Manse, Cornholme [1905-1910]
  • North View, Todmorden [1915-1942]
  • High Trees, Theescombe Lane, Amberley, Stroud, Gloucestershire  [1962]

Mabel died in Todmorden [Q4 1921].

Harold died 18th November 1962

This & associated entries use material contributed by Mark Harrey

Thorp, IsaacRef 426-8
He was assistant master at Dewsbury Grammar School before becoming headmaster at
Grace Ramsden's Endowed School [1906]

Thorp, JamesRef 426-4
Born 9th November 1838.

In [Q1] 1862, he married Grace Crabtree [1833-1899] in Halifax.

Grace was born 6th March 1833, the daughter of
William Crabtree

Grace died 11th December 1899 (aged 66).

James died 26th February 1907 (aged 69).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1563] with Grace's parents

Thorp, JohnRef 426-427
Cinder Hills, Hipperholme.

Heywood records that

his brother, Thomas Whitley, left him £200 per annum, but he spent it lavishly and was brought to beggary

and in another entry

[Thorp] coming from Halifax on Saturday night November 20th 1680, shot off a pistol towards my study window, which I did not know of till I heard that he bragged of it, saying I put out my candle, run out, which was not true, for I studied about an hour after, heard a great laughter when it went off, it seems somebody was with him and they made sport of it. Lord, pardon their folly

He married Unknown.


  1. 2 sons [both stillborn October 1675]

Thorp, JohnRef 426-2880
Recorded in 1908, when he was described as

formerly of the Shibden Mill Inn

He married Emma [1845-1908].

Emma was buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Thorp, JohnRef 426-481
Born in Halifax.

He was a wool washer [1871] / a wool comber [1881].

He married Hannah [1813-1873].

Hannah was born in Halifax.

She was a power loom weaver [1851] / a worsted weaver [1871]



  1. James [b 1841] who was an errand boy [1851]
  2. Elizabeth [1842-1861]
  3. Moses

The family lived at

  • Charlestown, Halifax [1851]
  • 14 Cockroft's Buildings, Northowram [1871]

Hannah died 20th December 1873 (aged 60).

John died 8th August 1889 (aged 74).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3980] with 3 of Moses's children and James Thorp [1826-1870]

Thorp, JohnRef 426-609
Son of
Richard Arthur Thorp.

He was living with his Wild grandparents at 3 Industrial  Street, Todmorden [1891] / a warehouseman (cotton mill) [1901] / a manager's assistant (cotton weaving mill) [1911].

In [Q1] 1915, he married Mary Agnes Halstead [1890-19??] in Todmorden.

Mary Agnes was born in Todmorden [24th October 1890].

She was a cotton weaver (retired) [1939]


Child: John [b 1917]

The family lived at

  • 1 Oldroyd, Todmorden [1917]
  • 12 Lee, Lumbutts [1921]
  • 1 Kilnhurst Road, Todmorden [1939]

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery.

He died 1st March 1917 (aged 32).

He was buried at Lumbutts United Methodist Free Church [South-East Corner 194]

He is remembered on Todmorden War Memorial, on the Memorial at Lumbutts United Methodist Free Chapel, and on the Memorial at Shade Council School.

Mary Agnes died in Halifax [Q3 1972]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Derrick Habergham

Thorp, JosephRef 426-420

In [Q2] 1838, he married Mary Birtwhistle in Halifax.

Mary was the daughter of
Francis Birtwhistle.

She was a card setter [1841]



  1. Elizabeth [b 1839] who married (1) Joseph Priestley Whitehead & (2) Richard Halliwell Procter
  2. William [b 1841]

In 1841, Mary & the children were living with her parents at Mount Pellon, Halifax

Thorp, JosephRef 426-576
Of Halifax.

See West Yorkshire Railway Company

Thorp, JosephRef 426-345
Of Sowerby.

During the campaigns of 1854 and 1855, in the Crimea War, he served with the 19th Regiment.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Crimea Memorial in Sowerby Church

Thorp, JosephRef 426-234

Son of Hannah & John Thorp, joiner & builder of Leeds.

Born in Leeds.

He was a Quaker / a Liberal / in the wool trade / a woolstapler at Halifax [1830, 1841] / a wool merchant [1851] / one of the Trustees appointed under the Halifax Improvement Act [1823] / Chairman of the Halifax School Board / second President of The Halifax Temperance Society [1857] / President of The British Temperance League [1864-1866] / a supporter of the Ragged School / President & Treasurer of the British School / President of the Halifax Auxiliary Bible Society.

As a member of the temperance movement, he gave the drinking fountain in People's Park, and the drinking Fountain on Savile Park to the town [1869].

In 1830, he married Hannah Fielden [1801-18??] at Calder Bridge near Garstang.

Hannah, of Lancaster, was the daughter of Rachel & Samuel Fielden, grocer of Lancaster

The marriage was registered at the Society of Friends monthly meeting, Brighouse


  1. Fielden
  2. Ellen Elizabeth [b 1839] who married Dr William Waite
  3. Joseph [b 1841]

They lived at

In his latter years, he suffered from heart problems, and went to Llandudno, Wales for his health [August 1873].

He died in Llandudno [23rd September 1873] (aged 70).

His body was brought back to Halifax for burial.

He was buried at the Quaker Burial Ground, Halifax. Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £35,000.

The will was proved by his widow Hannah, son Fielden and son-in-law William Waite.

Hannah died in Halifax [15th May 1879] (aged 78).

Probate records show that she left effects valued at under £7,000.

The will was proved by son Fielden, daughter Ellen Elizabeth and son-in-law William Waite

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley, John Needham & John Thorp

Thorp, JosephRef 426-520
Born 5th January 1838.

He was treasurer & deacon at Heath Congregational Church, Halifax / a member of the offices staff at Crossley's Carpets, Dean Clough.

He married Unknown.


  1. Harold
  2. son

They lived at 2 Wallace Street, Halifax [1916].

In August 1916, he fell as he was getting off a tram at Shay Lane, on his way from Waterhouse Street, Halifax to Netherton Mill, Holmfield.

He died 27th September 1916 (aged 78) 

This & associated entries use material contributed by John Needham & John Thorp

Thorp, MosesRef 426-5
Son of
John Thorp.

He was a dealer in braces & belts [1871] / a brace maker [1881] / a traveller [1891] / a traveller (braces) [1901] / a retired traveller [1911].

In [Q2] 1866, he married (1) Sarah Greenwood [1846-1904] in Halifax.


  1. Harry [b 1867] who was a brace maker [1881, 1891, 1901],  a store keeper [1911]
  2. Emily [b 1868] who was a paper bag maker [1881]
  3. Elizabeth [1871-1876]
  4. Clara [1876]
  5. Milford [1876-1879]

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3980] with their Thorp grandparents.

Sarah (possibly) died in Halifax [Q4 1904] (aged 58).

In [Q2] 1908, Moses married (2) Emma Beaumont [1851-19??] in Halifax.

Emma was born in Halifax

The family lived at

  • 9 Fitzwilliam Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 4 Sanderson Street, Northowram [1871]
  • 11 Mayfield Grove, Halifax [1891]
  • 37 Carlton House Terrace, Halifax [1901]
  • 19 Second Avenue, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1881, 1891] was Sarah's uncle William Wood [b 1823] (dyehouse labourer).

Moses died in Lancaster [Q3 1914] (aged 70) 

Thorp, NormanRef 426-3
Son of
Dr Charles William Thorp.

He was an architect and designed the general scheme of the Memorial Garden in Todmorden

This & associated entries use material contributed by Austin Thorp

Thorp, Richard ArthurRef 426-6
Born in Todmorden [4th November 1856].

He was a book keeper in a cotton manufactory [1891] / a cashier in a cotton manufactory [1911] / a secretary & cashier with Fielden Brothers.

In [Q2] 1884, he married Gertrude Wild [1862-19??] in Todmorden.

Gertrude was the daughter of John Wild


  1. John
  2. Florence Ellen [6th July 1886-17th January 1952] who was  a spinner (cotton mill) [1901], a certified day school teacher  (Borough Council) [1911], a head mistress elementary infants schools  [1921], an infant school mistress [1939]
  3. (possibly) Gertrude Alice who died 10th August 1889 (aged  1 year & 7 months) 
  4. Thomas William [b 1889] who was an electrical contractor  [1911]
  5. Edwin
  6. Agnes Marion [b 24th January 1892] who was a stationer's  shop assistant [1911], a printer's & book binder's clerk [1921], a  clerk in a newspaper office [1939]
  7. Henrietta Maud [b 1894] who was a chemists' shop  assistant [1911]
  8. (possibly) Kathleen who died 17th April 1896 (aged 1 year  & 4 months) 
  9. Mabel [b 1898] who was a music student & domestic duties  [1911]

The 1911 census shows that they had had 9 children of whom 7 were still alive at that time.

They lived at

  • 3 Waterside, Dobroyd Road, Todmorden & Walsden [1891]
  • Higher Lee, Langfield [1901]
  • Waterside House, Todmorden [1911]

Living with them [in 1911] was Gertrude's sister Hannah Agnes [b 23rd December 1869] (sewing machinist in clothing factory).

In 1921,

  • Richard was living at Waterside House, Todmorden, with daughters Florence Ellen, Agnes Marion & Mabel.

    With them was sister-in-law Hannah Agnes Wild

  • Gertrude was living at Mankinholes. Edwin was head of the household, and Gertrude is recorded as

    living in a cottage at Bents, Mankinholes and looking after her son Edwin who was an invalid (suffering shell shock).

    With them was Gertrude's sister Florence Law Dawson

Richard died in Salford, Lancashire [Q3 1925] (aged 68) 

Members of the family were buried at Lumbutts United Methodist Free Church

Thorp, Richard deRef 426-5500
In 1334,
John de Rokis was charged with drawing blood from Richard de Thorp and was fined 2/-

This & associated entries use material contributed by Jeffrey Knowles

Thorp, SpencerRef 426-1112
Son of
Dr Charles William Thorp.

He was a medical student [1891].

In 1895, he accompanied Samuel Nothard to the Pasteur Institute in Paris after Nothard had been bitten by a rabid dog

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley & Martin Nuttall

Thorp, SquireRef 426-8830
Of Sowerby.

He was a cloth dryer / a cropper [1858].

He married Unknown.

Child: Ann

Thorp, SquireRef 426-242
He was a woollen cloth dresser [1841].

Around 1820, he married Sarah [1796-18??].


  1. Ann [b 1821] who was a worsted twister [1841]
  2. John [b 1828] who was a silk piecer [1841]
  3. Joseph [b 1832]
  4. James [b 1834]
  5. Sarah [b 1837]

They lived at Style, Sowerby [1841]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Derrick Habergham

Thorp, ThomasRef 426-294
Of Slead Syke.

The Northowram Register records that he was

a Papist

Thorp, Thomas E.Ref 426-312
Of Todmorden.

During World War II, he served with the Royal Marines.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Thorp, WilliamRef 426-1269
He owned
Northowram Hall in the 17th century.

In 1690, he fold the property to Joseph Crowther.

His extreme brutality brought such fear to the neighbourhood that it has been said that when the Brontë family sought proof for their writings of the cruelties that man can devise, they studied the history of William Thorp

Question: Does anyone know how Thorp acquired this reputation for brutality?


This & associated entries use material contributed by Carole Edwards Caruso


Thorp surnameRef 426-1
There are 29 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Thorp, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Thorp

Baptism 1819; Marriages 1846, 1858, 1864, 1877, 1888, 1906, 1928; Deaths 1899, 1907


See Thorpe Surname

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