Thorney Abbey, Cambridgeshire Family History Guide

Thorney Abbey is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cambridgeshire.

Alternative names:

  • Ankeridge
  • Thornie
  • Thorney

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1653
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1868

Nonconformists include: French Church and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Fleet, Lincolnshire
  • Wisbech St Mary
  • Newborough, Northamptonshire
  • Coates
  • Crowland, Lincolnshire
  • Sutton St Edmund, Lincolnshire
  • Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • Whittlesey St Andrew
  • Gedney Hill, Lincolnshire
  • Whaplode, Lincolnshire
  • Eye, Northamptonshire

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

THORNEY, a small town and a parish in the district of Peterborough and county of Cambridge. The town stands on an insulated eminence, amid the quondam marshes of the Nen, adjacent to the Peterborough and Wisbeach railway, 7 miles ENE of Peterborough; was anciently called Ankeridge and Thornie, the latter signifying “the island of Thorns;” rose around a monastery, founded in 662; was, within the last few years, almost entirely rebuilt; and has a post-office under Peterborough, a r. station with telegraph, a hotel, a church, a reading room and library, national schools, and horse fairs on 1 July and 21 Sept. The ancient monastery was soon ruined by the Danes; was restored or rebuilt in 972, as a Benedictine abbey, by Bishop Ethelwold; had attached to it an hospital for the poor; gave its abbots a right to a seat in the upper house of parliament; and was given, at the dissolution, to the Russells. The abbey church was rebuilt in 1128, and became parochial in 1638; but the present church includes little more than the nave of the ancient one, and has additions of 1840-1. The parish comprises 17,590 acres. Real property, £28,265. Pop., 2,219. Houses, 397. The property belongs to the Duke of Bedford. The living is a donative in the diocese of Ely. Value, £220. Patron, the Duke of Bedford. A temporary chapel of ease was recently built.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

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Census returns for Thorney, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Thorney, 1866-1871 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Thorney (Cambridgeshire)

The history of Thorney Abbey, Cambridgeshire : from its foundation to its dissolution … Author: Warner, R. Hyett

Parish registers for Thorney, 1653-1876 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Thorney (Cambridgeshire)

Register of baptisms of the French protestant refugees settled at Thorney, Cambridgeshire, 1654-1727 Author: Peet, Henry, 1856-1938

Registers of the Walloon and Huguenot Churchs of Norwich, Colchester, Thorney and Thorpe-le-soken : Huguenot Society Quarto Series : Volumes I, IV, XII, XVII, V, XV and XXb Author: Huguenot Society of London; Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Computer printout of Thorney or Thorney Abbey, Cambs., Eng

Computer printout of Thorney, French Huguenot, Cambs., Eng

Parish register printouts of Thorney, Cambridge, England, (French Huguenot), christenings, 1654-1727 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department


Early days of strangers in the fens Author: DeBoo, Robert Ford

The history of Thorney Abbey, Cambridgeshire : from its foundation to its dissolution … Author: Warner, R. Hyett

The lordship of Thorney and its records Author: Bullwinkle, Alan

Probate records

Probate records, 1754-1857 Author: Church of England. Peculiar Court (Thorney)


School records of Thorney Council School, 1863-1925 Author: Thorney Council School (Thorney, Cambridgeshire)

School records of Thorney Toll School, 1898-1925 Author: Thorney Toll School (Thorney, Cambridgeshire)

School records of Wryde Croft Mixed Council School, 1866-1925 Author: Wryde Croft Mixed Council School (Thorney, Cambridgeshire)


Old maps of Britain and Europe from A Vision of Britain Through Time


  • County: Cambridgeshire
  • Civil Registration District: Peterborough
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar Parish of Thorney
  • Diocese: Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1852 - None, Post-1851 - Wisbech
  • Poor Law Union: Peterborough
  • Hundred: Wisbech
  • Province: Canterbury