Thornley – a short history

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    Detailed history of Thornley (near Durham) by Jane Hatcher. "The name Thornley comes from the Old English elements of thorn, meaning thorn‐tree, and hlaw, meaning hill, so the place‐name describes a hill recognisable by its thorn‐trees. Some of Thornley’s modern housing estates have resurrected the ancient name ‘Thornlaw’. The original settlement of Thornley is now a Deserted Medieval Village site except for Thornley Hall, an impressive but plain Georgian hall which contains internal evidence of its medieval predecessor. The present mining village known as Thornley developed as New Thornley about ½ mile to the north of the original settlement......"  
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    Durham in Time
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    Added by: Simon Cotterill
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