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The local area guide to living in Thorner

Thorner is an idyllic little village located within West Yorkshire, with a combined total population of 1,646 according to the 2011 Census.

Situated between Wetherby and Seacroft, this rural village is also a civil parish, boasting beautiful scenery and stunning woodland for locals and potential visitors to explore. Thorner’s rich agricultural history still resonates today, with several farms that can still be found selling produce such as wheat, barley, potatoes, and beef cattle.

St. Peter’s Church stands tall as the main focal point of the parish, with its eye catching gothic style and its embattled tower. It’s here that many locals meet for various activities and services. The church has played a pivotal role among the community for many years, treating new arrivals to a warm welcome and the opportunity to receive various updates on recent news and upcoming local family friendly events. It’s these little touches that reinforce the overall positive community spirit that exists amongst the villagers.

Local entertainment can be found at the Thorner Victory Hall. Beer festivals, comedy festivals, and a fireworks display are all held at this venue, along with a host of other activities suited to a variety of interests.

Information about the local residents

The 2011 Census showed that the majority of the households within the area of Leeds were listed Grade C1, at 32.70%. When compared to the figures for the national average at the time, this was higher than the rest of the country. Social Grade AB accounted for 22.28% of households, a figure just under the national average.

The median age of locals within the Leeds area was 35 years old, which was younger than the average national statistic for that year, at 39. The mean age of residents came in at 37.6 years of age, and this too was slightly younger than the average for the nation, which was 39.3 years old.

A total of 1,345 people aged 16 and over were registered in Thorner during the 2011 Census. Close to three quarters of Thorner residents are homeowners, with 36% owning theirs outright and 37% with a mortgage or a loan. 31.8% of these locals stated that they had achieved a degree. This data suggests that a significant portion of working residents would be professionals commuting into the city and surrounding towns, using this quiet rural village as a haven away from the hectic nature of larger areas.

Information taken from the 2011 Census, Department for Work and Pensions.

Nearby schools

The village has one school for children aged between 4 and 11. The Thorner Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School covers a total of 7 classes, which go from Foundation level through to the final Year 6. The school was classed as ‘good’ in their most recent Ofsted report, with ‘outstanding’ early years provision.

After primary school, children venture out of the village into neighboring towns and the city of Leeds to pursue secondary school education, college, and eventually university.

Getting around

Thorner is situated relatively close to the A1, A58, and the A64 trunk roads, which enable the locals and visitors to easily access the village. These routes also allow for easy transport into the city, which is accessible via car and is roughly 9 miles away.

The local bus service calling into the village is the 770, serving passengers looking to commute to and from Wetherby (20mins), Leeds (30mins), and Harrogate (1hr).

Local Shops

Within the village itself there is a post office as well as a shop that caters to basic day-to-day needs. For those who require a wider assortment of stores to choose from, Trinity Leeds shopping and leisure centre is located just 8 miles away.

The Beehive restaurant offers visitors a quaint village dining experience for lunch and dinner, while there are two additional pubs located within the village. The Fox serves up a delicious local menu that places an emphasis on its locally-sourced produce, while The Mexborough Arms offers a warm and hospitable atmosphere, catering to both lunchtime and evening meals.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.