Thornton Village

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Thornton is a village located on the north side of Pinch Beck Valley, a tributary of Clayton Beck. The village is approximately five miles to the west of Bradford.

The origins of the village go back before the Norman Conquest, when Thornton belonged to the manor of Bolton. It is spelt in the Domesday Book as Torenton meaning ‘enclosure of Thorns’.

Thornton is historically associated with the foundation of a literary phenomenon and being the birthplace of the Bronte sisters Charlotte (1816), Emily Jane (1818) and Anne (1820). Their brother Patrick Branwell was also born here in 1817. The Bronte family moved to Haworth in 1820.

St James’ Church, is a landmark building located at the east end of Thornton. Copies of the entries in the baptismal register for Elizabeth, Charlotte, Emily, Branwell and Anne Bronte, the font from the Old Bell Chapel and a stained glass window designed by William Morris can be viewed at the church.

Thornton Viaduct, is grade II listed structure, dating from 1878. Has a rare S-Shaped curve stretching 275 metres and offers spectacular views over the Pinch Beck Valley.

The natural beauty of the area can easily be enjoyed and appreciated from the Great Northern Trail (Route 69) especially from the Thornton viaduct. The route also provides an opportunity to explore countryside important to the Brontë heritage.

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Sunday, 26th November 2023 - Sunday, 24th December 2023

Winter Windows - South Square Thornton Winter Windows TrailSouth Square is proud to present Winter Windows for the Fifth year running! This year Thornton Winter Windows is part of BDisLit, where the village windows are lit up using the theme set by artist Rosie McAndrew. This community event sees Thornton residents, businesses and organisations getting…
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Monday, 27th November 2023 - Friday, 1st December 2023

Saturday, 2nd December 2023 - Saturday, 2nd December 2023

St James' Christmas Tree FestivalChristmas Tree FestivalStart the Christmas season with a visit to St James' spectacular 'Christmas Tree Festival' in Thornton.
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Thornton Village


Thornton, Bradford, West Yorkshire

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