Welcome to St. Peter's Thornton

St. Peter’s Church is set in the village of Thornton, a linear village on a ridge overlooking the picturesque and popular Thornton Reservoir. 

This old and beautiful church, of medieval origin dates from the 13th century and is Grade 1 listed.  It holds a unique place in the county, and its contents are of great historical interest. Medieval stained glass, linen fold pews from 1560, a working clock over 400 years old, a mid Victorian organ recently completely refurbished are just a few of its assets. These features survive today because, fortunately, no restoration was carried out during the Victorian era. At Christmas 2019, St. Peter's increased its peal of bells to six.


Sunday services include Holy Communion, Morning Prayer and All Age Worship, each followed by tea and coffee.  There is a mid-week daytime informal Communion Service on the fourth Wednesday of each month and a Beta Bible Basics group which regularly meets in a local home.

'Little Angels'  is a group for babies, pre-school children and their adults with songs, stories from the Bible and playtime with juice and biscuits. It is held in church at 2pm on the first Thursday of the month in term time and all are very welcome. 


Working-parties made up of volunteers from the village continue to work hard to tackle maintenance projects in the old churchyard.

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Circular Benefice Walk,
Saturday, 17th September

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If you enjoy walking, why not join us on Saturday, 17th September on the Benefice Walk of about 8 miles through beautiful countryside visiting some of our local churches: St Peter’s in Thornton, St Michaels in Markfield, St Mary’s in Stanton, the Quiet Garden at the site of Holy Rood, Bagworth, and, if we are not too tired, Cross Hills Baptist Church. The walk starts at the Lych-gate at St Peter’s Church in Thornton (LE67 1AA) and heads to Markfield following the Leicestershire Round through Brown’s Wood. From here our path takes us to Stanton, and then onto Bagworth, and finally back to Thornton through the new woodlands. We will leave Thornton at 11 am. You will need to bring drinks and a packed lunch. Footwear suitable for walking is necessary. There are options if you don’t want to do the complete walk. If you would like more information or to let us know you are joining us, please contact William & Shirley on 01530 230422.

Heritage Weekend

10th and 11th September 


St Peter’s Church, Thornton will be open all weekend to visitors. 

Come and explore our lovely Grade 1, historical church for yourselves.

There is no charge although refreshments will be available to purchase.

The church will be open between 10 am and 6 pm on Saturday 10th and from 1 pm till 5 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Social Afternoons for All

Following on from the Jubilee tea there will be social afternoons at Thornton Community Centre twice a month  on Wednesdays until December.

The first two will be on  14th and 28th September from 2 to 4 pm.

Everyone is invited to drop in for a cuppa, cake and chat.  Board games will be provided and a book swap available.  There will be toys available for young families.

Meet new friends, exchange ideas, learn new skills or just come for the company.

Just pop in and spend some time in happy surroundings.

If this new venture proves successful, we hope to continue in the New Year.

For more information contact Shirley 01530 230 422

Friends of St. Peter's

The Friends of St. Peter’s organisation, formed in 1995, works tirelessly to fund projects to maintain and improve the building. Its membership is drawn both from within the congregation and from the wider community and is supported by many of the villagers of Thornton. More information can be found here. 


Where to find us

St. Peter's Church is at the end of Church Lane, which is a narrow cul-de-sac off Main Street, adjacent to the village shop. There is no parking on Church Lane, but on-street parking is available on Main Street.

St. Peter's Thornton

Church Lane

LE67 1AA


Please note that correspondence should not be sent to this address. Letters, enquiries etc should be sent to the Rectory in Markfield.