School Square and the Church 2005
St Bartholomew's Church from School Sq 2005

This 2005 view of St Bartholomew’s Church, Thornley, is taken from roughly the same position as the 1949 photograph of Thornley Band. School Square ran down the road from left to right, where the modern bus stop remains, somewhat marooned, as a testament to busier times. Dating from 1843, the church is now disused and is rumoured to be due for demolition--a fate which would be wholly in keeping with the abject neglect suffered by the village in the 35 years since the closure of the pit.