A group has recently been formed to study the history of Thornton le Street. The project's aim is to investigate the possible Roman origins of the settlement and an associated Roman road, tracing the history of the village through to modern times. The project has been awarded a substantial Heritage Lottery grant to be used for research and organisational facilities.
The project synopsis can be downloaded here (Adobe Reader PDF).
Initial dates for project activities
May – QGIS training; Walkover Survey training
June – Historic Buildings training
July – Small Finds ID and Test Pitting training
July – Big Dig Test Pitting Weekend
Joining details available shortly!
Thornton le Street History Group
Further details, Peter Macnamara 01845 525 430
(Updated 18 March 17)
St Leonard's Church Roof
We are delighted to announce that St. Leonard’s church has been awarded a grant of £110,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of re-roofing the church, some drainage work and refurbishment of the church windows. The total cost of the work will be £180,000 but further funds have been made available through a generous donation, Grants from Christ Church, Oxford and by reclaiming VAT through a government scheme.
As you may have noticed if you have been in TLS lately, there has at last been some progress on the work on the roof. Scaffolding has gone up both inside and outside and builders are ready to start stripping the tiles ready for the new roof. They are starting on the nave, followed by the chancel. There will also be some repairs to the stone work including the bell tower and the stone crosses that were on the roof will be restored and replaced. The windows will all be cleaned and repaired where necessary. It is planned to install a new stained glass window subject to statutory permissions being granted (see our 'What's On' section here).
As well as the building work we are undertaking to preserve the heritage of the church. Photobooks are being produced to record the artefacts in the church and also to record the progress of the restoration work. Research will be done on the village as a settlement, people who have memorials in the church and graves in the churchyard as well as local history. All this will be pieced together and used to form a comprehensive history of the village and the church in the form of a social history book, rather like a historical novel.
Some of the records and facts will be recorded for national databases.
In order to finance this we have received a grant from the Heritage lottery fund and our Patrons Christ Church Oxford. Despite this there is still a shortfall of around £3,000 which must be made up by fundraising. We already have about half of this.
To boost the fund we have arranged a series of coffee mornings, which will also be used to pass on information about the restoration and will act as an opportunity for anyone with ANY information about the village or people of the past, or anything interesting that they think they can share with us to add to our history story. To find out more details of the upcoming coffee mornings, please see our 'What's On' section here.
Further information and details of events will be provided on this website and also can be found in the local press.
(Updated 27 January 2017)