Church of St Mary Magdalene
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Thornham Magna is the sister village of Thornham Parva, ("Big Thorny Village" and "Little Thorny Village"") about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from Eye, Suffolk and close to the A140 main road from Norwich to Ipswich, the county towns of Norfolk and Suffolk.
The twin villages of Thornham Magna and Thornham Parva lie within a mile or so of each other through wooded country lanes. The surrounding area is mostly arable farming & cattle on the water meadows through which the River Dove flows. The combined population in 2001 was about 170, being measured at 210 in 2011. Both villages are mentioned in Magna Carta in 1215.
Magna is the larger of the villages with a grade II* listed pub (The Four Horseshoes), a forge workshop and village hall while Parva has a rare thatched church but only a few scattered houses.
Thornham Magna's church is the St Mary Magdalene and includes a window which has glass by Morris and Co and the figures (St John flanked by two Marys) by Burne Jones is said to be one of the finest Pre-Raphaelite windows in Suffolk. Thornham Parva's church is St Mary's. Both churches are from around the 14th century but both also have parts that date from Norman times. However, Thornham Parva's church also has a very rare 12 ft (3.7 m) long retable – a painted panel at the back of the altar – thought to have been made for Thetford Priory in the 1330s. The Henniker family historically owned most of the land in and around these villages. The seat of the Barons Henniker is the nearby Thornham Hall and the current Lord Henniker continues to live there and maintain the estate. St Mary Magdalene is considered the Hennikers' church. Both have war memorials that name the local residents who died in World Wars I & II.
The Four Horse Shoes pub has existed on its site in one form or another since 1150 and most of the houses in the village are between 100 and 600 years old including a lot of oak-beamed, mud-walled straw-thatch roofed Tudor farm houses.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
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