Thornton-le-Street History Group launched its Heritage Lottery-funded archaeology and history project with an Open Day in the village hall in February 2017. The day attracted a large number of people from across Yorkshire and beyond who were excited to see the scope and the possibilities of community archaeology, and were encouraged by the professionalism of the team. Over the last two years, this project has provided a great opportunity to gain training and practical experience in archaeological fieldwork and historical research. We thank our volunteers and local supporters, as well as those from further afield who have given so much to the investigation of this beautiful area. The funding came from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and we would like to thank the Lottery players without whom this project would not have been possible.

Much of the archaeological work took place within the boundaries of the scheduled monument of the medieval village and we would like to thank Historic England, landowners, residents within the village, the Diocese of York, Parish Council and the Barkers who gave permission for extensive excavations on their land.

It should go without saying that a project such as this starts and ends with the volunteers who participate in it. A body of people from the local and wider area who give freely of their time to learn, engage with history and make new friends is the lifeblood of community endeavor, and with Roads to the Past we consider this to be the most satisfying and humbling success of our project.

Listen to our project archaeologist Jim Brightman from Solstice Heritage

Hear about some of our finds

Hear about some of the exciting things we discovered

Listen to some of our volunteers

Following the success of our project we are continuing with our community endeavours in  archaeology, history and archive research in the Vale of Mowbray.  Due to coronavirus our summer and autumn events have been postponed.  We have arranged a series of webinars  as well as a walk around with medieval  Thornton-le-Street with Dr Al Oswald from the University of York

As we are now self-funding there may be a modest charge for some of our events.  We are pleased to report that we have received a small emergency grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which has enabled us to put on an online programme of events over the next couple of months. Please join our mailing list or check us out on twitter or follow us on eventbrite

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Webinar Programme

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We have arranged a series of webinars throughout December and January on topics we hope you will find interesting!

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Ramble around Thornton-le-Street

6 December 2020

join us for a ramble around the medieval remains of the village with Dr Al Oswald, University of York. Booking essential. Use the contact button to find out more information and to register your interest.

Guest writing on NYCRO's blog

We are delighted to have been asked to provide an article about Woodend for the North Yorkshire County Records Office (NYCRO) Here’s the link to our article in the blog

Our publications

Our book “Thornton le Street. The archaeology and history in its landscape” is now available. If you’d like to order a copy/copies (£5 each or £6.50 incl. p&p) please email giving your postal address and saying how many copies and we will send you payment details