Description of the Society

Society details and history

The Thorner and District Historical Society was started in 1967 by Mr T W (Terry) Brown, the then Head Master of Thorner School, and other people in the village who thought that the long and varied history of this village needed preserving.

Thorner Historical Society aims to investigate, document and preserve the history of Thorner which dates back prior to the Domesday book. It is run by a dedicated Management Committee which meets bi-monthly.

During the year it engages in a number of activities which include:-

  • Organised trips to sites of historical interest which are open to non members
  • A presence at the Thorner Gala to promote the Society and raise interest in Thorner’s history
  • Occasional coffee mornings to display items of interest and make the archive available
  • Talks held at least twice a year on historical subjects of local interest where a modest admission fee is charged
  • Film evenings showing archive footage of Thorner, Leeds and Yorkshire
  • An AGM where members of the public can meet members of the committee and air any views on how the Society can be improved.

It currently has a digitised archive of over 600 images etc which will eventually be available on the Societies’ web site.


The Society would sincerely like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their Financial support on various projects and ongoing costs of the Society.

  • Thorner Parish Council
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Leeds City Council
  • Thorner Community Fund
  • Leeds POCA
  • Leeds MICE Fund

We would also like to thank the individuals who have made financial contributions to a number of projects the society has been involved with.