Thornton, Buckinghamshire

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Thornton is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population194 (2011 Census including Foscott)[1]
OS grid referenceSP7536
Civil parish
  • Thornton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMilton Keynes
Postcode districtMK17
Dialling code01280
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
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]


  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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