St Peter’s Church

Thornton Church services – for details CLICK HERE

We are please to confirm that Revd Andrew Smith officially became Rector of the benefice of Markfield, Thornton, Bagworth and Stanton-under-Bardon, and Copt Oak following the Service of Institution and Induction on Monday 21st September 2020.

We would like to welcome Andrew and his family – Louisa, Ruben, Amelie and dog Sheldon!

St Peter’s church is off Main Street on Church Lane, Thornton. The church and graveyard occupy an enviable position on the hillside overlooking the reservoir.

Although there may have been an earlier church on this site, parts of the existing church; the aisle and nave, date from the 13th Century.  The perpendicular style tower dates from the 15th Century. As you enter the porch you will see the impressive 6′ x 9′ wooden door, dating from the 14th Century; it is believed the door came from the now derelict Ulverscroft Priory. At Christmas 2019 the church increased its peal of bells from three to six. (CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT ON THE BELLS PROJECT )

For church services and more information about the church AND RESOURCES DURING THIS TIME OF CORONAVIRUS visit

‘Friends of St Peters’ organises events to support the maintenance, restoration and improvement of this historic church building.
A list of  fund raising events organised by ‘the friends’ can be found on the website