thornton hough

Thornton Hough

The village of Thornton Hough dates back many hundreds of years and was listed as Toritone in the 1086 William the Conquerors’ Domesday Book. Its current name however was only established when the daughter of local land owner Roger de Thornton married Richard de Hoghe during the reign of Edward II. This Victorian shot shows the Village Green as a group of children play with what appears to be an upturned bench. Thornton Hough was developed by Joseph Hirst in the 1860’s The Huddersfield textile boss constructed All Saints Church, a vicarage, a school and housing, including the exquisite row known as Wilshaw Terrace. Lord Lever later arrived in the late 1880’s and added his own architectural mark to the village. He updated some of Hirst’s inadequate cottages transforming them into stylish half-timbered homes as seen in this photograph in1892. A second school was built to help meet the growing demand for schooling, as was a second church known as St. George’s.

These houses that line the Village Green are known as The Folds and were designed by Lever’s architects from Port Sunlight built to resemble traditional almshouses. The Village Green, seen here being used or a game of football, is 3.3 hectares is at the main focal point of village life. It provides a picturesque venue for all manner of sports from cricket to tennis to just plain enjoyment. It has won the Green Flag Award every year since 2004 which recognises and rewards the best green spaces the U.K has to offer. It is the only village green in the country to boast this impressive accolade. Just out of shot there stands a playground very popular with children on sunny days, as well as tennis courts and a Grade II listed pavilion. Each year the village hosts an annual Scarecrow Festival where members of the public create their own weird and wonderful scarecrows and place them around the village. The event is very popular and has become famous in its own right. Due to the villages’ beauty the local authority employs around eight members of staff to keep Thornton Hough in a tidy, attractive condition and to help keep its coveted status as one of the genuine jewels of the peninsula.