A walk through Thorner history

Thorner book pics story Suzanne
Thorner book pics story Suzanne

History and exercise are combined in Thorner: fine buildings with interesting histories.

Written by former BBC journalist David Miller, and published by Thorner and District Historical Society, the book takes readers on a walk through the village telling them about many of the buildings they pass on the way.

Mr Miller said: “Much of the information is taken from ‘The making of a Yorkshire village: Thorner” by a former headteacher at the village school, Terry Brown.

“Terry’s book is the classic history of Thorner but it was written over 20 years ago. So it’s time to take a fresh look at Thorner’s history, in particular the changes that occurred during the twentieth century.”

“There’s new material such as how self-service shopping came to Thorner and the demise of the rail link with Leeds and Wetherby. I’ve also tried to answer a question people often ask about Thorner: why are there no street lights?”

The new book also includes photographs from the Historical Society’s archives, many of which may not have been published before.

Mr Miller, who has lived in Thorner for nearly 20 years, says future projects are already being considered.

“One idea is looking at Thorner during the two world wars and perhaps a publication to mark the ninetieth anniversary in 2014 of the opening of Thorner Victory Hall”

The Thorner book costs £6.50 and is available by phoning 0113 289 2758.