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Amazing architectureSpectacular stained glassInteresting churchyard

Welcome to St Nicholas which has been at the centre of the community of Thorne for around 1000 years. Remains found in the area show that Thorne became a settlement in Anglo-Saxon times.

The fine church is Grade I listed and dates mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries with earlier and later additions. It is cruciform in shape and has two side aisles. There are traces of Norman windows and pillars. It is likely that the original church at Thorne was Saxon built or at least pre-conquest. The lighting has recently been re-ordered which shows off the interior to good effect.

There are many things to see in this beautiful church including a medieval clerestory and font and a 17th century Royal Coat of Arms. See at the spectacular stained glass (including a window by Sir Henry Holiday) and the splendid rood screen (1948). The chancel has traces of Norman windows. The south porch is an ornate piece of 15th century work and a rare stone coffin can be seen nearby. It was discovered in the 18th century and is thought to date to pre-conquest times.

Still a market town, Thorne had its first market charter granted in 1658. The town’s bailey castle dating from before 1100 served as a prison at one time before being demolished in the 17th century. The outline of the moat and motte can still be seen at Peel Hill.

We do hope you will come and visit our lovely church.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.


Tours for groups and schoolsGenerally accessible to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportRefreshments at site or nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: Stonegate, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5NP

Opening Times: The church can be opened for individuals or groups at pre-arranged times.

Contact: 01405 814055

Directions: M18 J8. Follow signs to Thorne. Turn left at traffic lights into town centre, then right into St Nicholas Road. At t-junction turn right and then left into car park. Church is opposite.

Grid Reference: SE 689 132 GB Grid


The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.


Doncaster Town & Peatland HODs 2010 Thorne St Nicholas


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