Thornton, Buckinghamshire

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Thornton
Thornton is located in Buckinghamshire
Thornton
Thornton
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population194 (2011 Census including Foscott)[1]
OS grid referenceSP7536
Civil parish
  • Thornton
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMilton Keynes
Postcode districtMK17
Dialling code01280
PoliceThames Valley
FireBuckinghamshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Buckinghamshire
51°59′49″N 0°55′05″W / 51.997°N 0.918°W / 51.997; -0.918Coordinates: 51°59′49″N 0°55′05″W / 51.997°N 0.918°W / 51.997; -0.918

Thornton is a village and civil parish on the River Great Ouse about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north-east of Buckingham in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire.

The toponym is derived from the Old English for "thorn tree by a farm". The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village as Ternitone.[2]

The earliest record of the Church of England Church of Saint Michael and All Angels dates from 1219.[2] The present building is 14th-century, but was dramatically restored between 1770 and 1800[2] and largely rebuilt by the Gothic Revival architect John Tarring in 1850.[3] The restorers retained mediaeval features including the 14th-century belltower, chancel arch and clerestory and 15th century clerestory windows.[2]

The Tudor Revival Thornton Hall (now Thornton College) was also built to John Tarring's designs in 1850.[3] It incorporates parts of a medieval house modernised in the 18th century.[3] The manor was home to Richard Cavendish (1794–1876)[4][5]

Thornton College[edit]

Thornton College, an independent day and boarding school for girls, occupies the former Manor House Thornton Hall. The school educates girls aged 4 – 18 and has a nursery for boys and girls aged 2½ to 4. Since the Sisters of Jesus and Mary (a Catholic religious order), purchased the site in 1817, there have been a significant number of new developments at the school, most recently an award-winning Science and Prep Classroom wing (AVDC Outstanding Design Award). A new Sixth Form department opened in 2016. The school now has over 400 pupils.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013
  2. ^ a b c d Page, 1927, pages 243-249
  3. ^ a b c Pevsner, 1973, page 268
  4. ^ "History and Topography of Buckinghamshire, comprising a general survey of the county, preceded by an epitome of the early history of Great Britain". 1862.
  5. ^ Blain, Rev. Michael (2007). The Canterbury Association (1848–1852): A Study of Its Members' Connections (PDF). Christchurch: Project Canterbury. pp. 18–19. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  6. ^ History of Thornton – Thornton College

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