The Abbey of St. Mary, also known as Thornton Abbey, sits just east of the village. The abbey was founded in 1139 by William le GROS, Earl of Yorkshire, and reached status of Abbey in 1148. It was seized by the crown in the Dissolution of 1541. It is now an English Heritage site.
The Abbey was visited by King Henry VIII in 1541.
The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence.
The church is built of stone.
The church was restored in 1883-4.
A clock was added to the tower in 1901.
The church seats 300 people.
There is a photograph of St. Lawrence church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site, taken by Debbie Shearwood.
Here is a photo of St. Lawrence Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):
The Anglican parish register dates from the year 1568.
The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Yarborough Deanery to make your search easier.
The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1850. The Primitive Methodists built their chapel in 1859. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
This village and parish are about 5 miles southeast of Barton-upon-Humber and 4 miles south of New Holland. Wootton parish is to the south. The parish covers over 4,900 acres and includes the hamlet of Burnham, 2 miles west of the village.
Parts of the village are designated as a "conservation area", to preserve the village character. If you are planning a visit, then:
By automobile, take the A1077 east from Barton and follow it as it turns south into Thornton Curtis, where it bisects the village.
Drop in to the Thornton Hunt Inn and ask about your family roots. The Inn hosts a "village night" where all locals are invited to meet neighbors and friends on the 1st Tuesday of each month. The Inn is a grade 2 listed building with British Heritage.
The name Thornton is from the Old English thorn+tun, meaning "village where thorn trees grow." In the 1086 Domesday Book the name is rendered as Torentune. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]