St James the Great Church, Thorley
|Population||626 (2011 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||BISHOP'S STORTFORD|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Thorley is a village and civil parish in East Hertfordshire district of Hertfordshire, England. The parish includes the hamlets of Thorley Street, Thorley Wash and Old Thorley, and is bordered at the north to the market town of Bishop's Stortford.
Thorley is less than one mile north from Blounts Farm in the adjoining parish of High Wych, the place where the criminal Harry Roberts was found by police during a long manhunt after he had participated in the murder of three London based policemen. He was found in a barn hiding under straw.
Thorley Church, dedicated to St James the Great, dates to the 13th century and includes a Norman font and a three-seat sedilia. The pulpit was designed by Gilbert Scott. There is a one-thousand-year-old yew tree in the graveyard, which also has the grave of Daniel Defoe's sister. The graveyard is entered through a lychgate dating from the 1920s. The stocks and whipping post that stood in the graveyard until the late 20th century have now been moved to the Bishop's Stortford Museum. Samuel Horsley was rector of the Church from 1779–1782, following in the footsteps of his father John, who was rector from 1745-1777. From 1594 to 1610, the rector was Francis Burley, one of the translators of the King James Bible A 16th-century Tudor barn in the adjoining farm was converted from pig barn to a church and community centre in 1996 with the help of a £1 million endowment.
Thorley has its own cricket club, Thorley C.C. The nearest local primary schools are Manor Fields Primary and Richard Whittington Primary, and Thorely Hill Primary which is on the same site as the Bishop's Stortford High School, all within and at the south of Bishops Stortford.
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