Thorne is about 10 miles north-east of
Until the 1620s, Thorne was in a more isolated location than it is today. Until then, it was cut off to the south as the River Don was able to flow along its southern edge towards marshland and eastwards into the River Trent. The river was diverted as part of a scheme to drain the marshland and then royal hunting ground of Hatfield Chase. Initially it was diverted into an old dike which took it northwards a the west side of Thorne and into the River Aire. Within a few years a new channel known as Dutch River was cut, which took the water of the River Don more directly into the River Ouse at what is now the port of Goole.
Thorne is now almost joined to the neighbouring village of Moorends, about a mile north, in which some local services will be found. The village forms part of the civil parish run by the Thorne Moorends Town Council. The village expanded in the 20th century through the coal mining community which worked at Thorne Colliery. The mine was successfully worked through several years in the early part of the century despite frequent problems related to flooding, which ultimately caused a closure of the pit in the late 1950s. There were subsequent unsuccessful attempts at reopening the mothballed pit, but it was not until 2004 that it finally came to an end with the turning off of the pumps and demolition of the pit head.
Thorne has long had good transport connections through being on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal and having railways diverging around both sides of the town. Now it is also close to the junction of the
The town is near to the River Don
Thorne is on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal which links the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation with the River Trent.
Thorne has a number of pubs to choose from.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets.
The town has a Post Office.
The town has pharmacies.
Thorne has banks.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, pizzas, sandwiches.
A choice of cafes can be found in Thorne.
Thorne has a selection of places to eat.
The town has a library.
Thorne has community halls.
The town has a leisure centre with swimming pool.
There are public toilets in the town.
Thorne has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, other.
Thorne North stationManaged by: Northern
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Northern - Thorne North Station and departure information at Northern website.
Thorne South stationManaged by: Northern
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Northern - Thorne South Station and departure information at Northern website.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelThorne can be reached via the M18 M180 A18 A614 A1146
Places to visit
Cusworth HallCusworth Lane, Doncaster
Situated two miles north of Doncaster, off the
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South Yorkshire Aircraft MuseumDakota Way, Airbourne Road
The museum has a collection of aircraft from the first air show to be held in Britain, held at Doncaster Racecourse in 1909, together with more modern preserved light aircraft and jets. It is located about a mile to the south east of the town centre. For opening times see the museum's website.
The castle is situated in the small town of Conisbrough, about five miles south-west of Doncaster. Its tall circular cylindrical keep has had its walls and roofs restored to create a feeling of how the castle would have been in the late 12th century when it was built. In 1201, the castle had a royal visit, when King John stayed there. The castle became famous through fiction as the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott's 'Ivanhoe'. The historic site is managed by English Heritage.
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Brodsworth Hall and GardensBrodsworth
The Victorian country house at Brodsworth, about 5 miles north-west of Doncaster, was built in 1860, surrounded by beautiful gardens. It remained largely unchanged through its lifetime and is now being conserved by English Heritage. Yorkshire bands perform at the hall most Sundays during the summer. A car park for the hall can be accessed from Church Lane, between the villages of Marr and Brodsworth.
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Yorkshire Wildlife ParkWarning Tongue Lane, Branton, Doncaster
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, about 4 miles south-east of Doncaster, was created at a former farm and riding school in 2009. It now houses some 400 animals of 70 different species, including polar bears, lions, tigers and leopards and a whole range of other animals native to Africa, South America and other parts of the world.
The Trolleybus Museum at SandtoftBelton Road, Sandtoft, North Lincolnshire
Although just outside the Yorkshire border at the former RAF Sandtoft airfield in North Lincolnshire, the museum is only a 12-mile drive from Doncaster. It lays claim to having the world's largest collection of preserved trolleybuses and includes many examples of trolleybuses used in Yorkshire, including those from the fleets of
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Emergency servicesSouth Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilThorne Moorends Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website
Metropolitan district councilDoncaster Council
Doncaster is one of four metropolitan district authorities within the county of South Yorkshire.
It covers Doncaster and many other towns and villages within a radius of between 7 to 10 miles from centrally-placed Doncaster.
Unusually within Yorkshire, the district council is run by an executive-powered elected mayor, who is supported by a cabinet. The mayor chooses the cabinet from elected councillors.
The elected mayor system means that Doncaster Council has two elections to organise, one for the elected mayor and one for councillors. The mayor and all councillors are selected in elections every four years, the most recent election being in 2021.
The election of 55 councillors is done across 21 wards with two or three councillors elected in each ward. Eight councillors currently serve under the chairmanship of the mayor on the cabinet.
Doncaster council website.
Doncaster is the responsibility of a elected mayor (2021 result):
Labour 40, Conservative 11, Independent 4
- 55 members
County strategic authorityBarnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority
Police and Crime CommissionerSouth Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Fire AuthoritySouth Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four metropolitan district councils of South Yorkshire - Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.