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The village is mentioned in the Domesday book as Torentune in the Bulford hundred. There are three references in total. The first as being part of Fostun manor; secondly as part of Bulmer manor and lastly as part of the Bolesforde Wapentac. The etymology of the name is Old English and means settlement enclosed by thorn bushes. The suffix relates to the nature of the soil in the surrounding area.
The village lies within the Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency. It is within the Hovingham & Sheriff Hutton electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and also in the Sheriff Hutton ward of Ryedale District Council.
According to the 2001 UK Census the population is 187. Of these, 157 were over sixteen years of age and 96 of them were in employment. There were 83 dwellings, of which 48 were detached. The 2011 Census showed a population of 209. Foston Primary School, built in 1844 but much improved and extended, is located on the outskirts of the village.
The nearest settlements are Foston, North Yorkshire 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to the east; Bulmer, North Yorkshire 1.8 miles (2.9 km) to the north east; Flaxton, North Yorkshire 1.6 miles (2.6 km) to the south and West Lilling 2.1 miles (3.4 km) to the west.
- Thornton-le-Clay in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- "Etymology 1". Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- "Etymology 2" (PDF). Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
- "2001 UK Census". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. p. 707. ISBN 1-86150-299-0.
- "School". Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- "Methodist Chapel". Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- "Foston & Thornton-le-Dale Parish Plan 2009" (PDF). Ryedale District Council. 2009. p. 7. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
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