Thornton, Buckinghamshire

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Thornton is located in Buckinghamshire
Thornton shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 194 (2011 Census including Foscott)[1]
OS grid reference SP7536
Civil parish
  • Thornton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Milton Keynes
Postcode district MK17
Dialling code 01280
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
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BuckinghamshireCoordinates: 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 House was also built to John Tarring's designs in 1850.[3] It incorporates parts of a mediaeval house modernised in the 18th century.[3]

Thornton College[edit]

Thornton College, an independent day and boarding school for girls, occupies the former Manor House. 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 Roman Catholic religious order), purchased the site in 1917, 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 370 pupils.[4]


  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 of Thornton – Thornton College


External links[edit]

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