Today, Thornton Le Street History Group has received £98,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Roads to the Past, which will study the history of the village and its surrounding area. Led by volunteers from the local community the project will trace the history of the village from its conjectured origins in Roman times through to the present day.
Thanks to National Lottery players the project will commence early in the New Year and will include extensive documentary research using local and national archives and measured survey of selected buildings and landscape features. Comprehensive training in associated techniques will be provided. The project will end in June of 2018 with the publication of professional reports and the handover of a website dedicated to the project findings.
Thornton le Street is an archetypal lowland village with extensive evidence of early occupation. It contains a substantial Scheduled Monument site, a water mill, a river ford, an early church, and an adjacent landed estate. Two Roman roads are said to converge at this point and it is hoped to resolve whether the village is Roman or medieval in origin. Notwithstanding this the project will be a model for similar studies and create a body of committed expertise in archaeological investigation.
Further details can be obtained from the village website: www.thornton-le-street.com