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.

Regular services are held at St. Peter’s on most Sunday mornings, with a monthly mid-week communion service on the fourth Thursday morning of each month – see the calendar for specific dates and times. (Click on the text for more information)


The doors of our church buildings will unfortunately be closed in January. We hope to be open just as soon as possible, but we are taking every measure to keep us all safe in the current circumstances. Please join us for our online services and keep an eye on this website regarding the return of live services.




If the easing of the lockdown goes to plan, we are hoping to meet in the play area of the Community Centre on Thursday 6th May at 2pm.


We hope to resume our full meetings in St Peter’s church, with songs and stories from the Bible,

with time to play and to chat - on June 3rd .


(Please be reassured that both Lis and Helen will have had 2nd   Covid vaccinations before meeting in church)

Christmas 2019 THREE NEW BELLS - click to read report
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. 


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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.

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