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Thorner Church.jpg
Thorner Church
Thorner is located in West Yorkshire
Thorner shown within West Yorkshire
Population1,646 (2011)
OS grid referenceSE3798040610
Civil parish
  • Thorner
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEEDS
Postcode districtLS14
Dialling code0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°51′37″N 1°25′26″W / 53.860329°N 1.424020°W / 53.860329; -1.424020Coordinates: 53°51′37″N 1°25′26″W / 53.860329°N 1.424020°W / 53.860329; -1.424020

Thorner is a rural village and civil parish in the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England, located between Seacroft and Wetherby. It has a population of 1,503,[1] increasing to 1,646 at the 2011 Census.[2]


The village appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Torneure" (also "Tornoure") means "thorn bank". The ancient parish of Thorner covered 4400 acres in the wapentake of Skyrack in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[3] The parish included the townships of Scarcroft and Shadwell, which became separate civil parishes in 1866.[4]

The church of St Peter is built in the later English gothic style and has a square embattled tower. In the graveyard is the memorial to John Philips, who lived to 118 years. A school was built by subscription in 1787, and is now the Parish Centre. The Wesleyan Methodists have a place of worship on the main street in the village, their nineteenth-century chapel having been converted to flats.[3]


Thorner is situated close to the A1, A58 and A64 trunk roads. It is 8 miles (13 km) north-east of Leeds city centre and 7 miles (11 km) to the south-west of Wetherby. The underlying rock is limestone, some of which was burnt into lime and flagstone and slates were quarried.[3]

Travel to and from the village by public transport is via the number 7 bus route (operated by the Transdev Harrogate & District bus company). The journey takes roughly half an hour from Leeds, 20 minutes from Wetherby and an hour from Harrogate.


Thorner has no street lighting. The village has two public houses, the Mexborough Arms and The Fox. There is no longer a post office, but there is a village shop, a delicatessen, a hairdresser's and a restaurant, formerly The Beehive pub. Social amenities include the Parish Centre next to the church, the Victory Hall in Carr Lane, an over-60s centre, a bowling green, tennis courts and cricket and football pitches.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Leeds Archived 2015-03-19 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2009-09-10
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Lewis, Samuel (1848), "Thorner St Peter", A Topographical Dictionary of England, British History Online, pp. 331–335, retrieved 2011-01-16
  4. ^ Vision of Britain website

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