Thornhaugh village lies west of the A1, seven miles southeast of Stamford. Its name is derived from the Anglo Saxon and means a thorn enclosed low-lying meadow beside a stream. There is evidence of a settlement as far back as the 12th century and for many centuries the population would have consisted of land owners, farmers, clergymen, millers and workers on the land, in the woods and quarries. Thornhaugh is a village with a small static population but the area within the parish is one of the largest in the county of Cambridgeshire. It was declared a conservation area in 1979 and residents benefit from the peace and quiet of living in a small village rather than a busy town.
St Andrew’s church contains a monument to the memory of William Russell, First Baron Russell of Thornhaugh. He is recorded holding high office in the service of Queen Elizabeth I and was a comrade-in-arms and close friend of Sir Philip Sidney. Sir Philip bequeathed to Sir William Russell his suit of gilded armour and many people thought that the helmet which was displayed for many years above the monument in the church, was part of this armour. Although this was not so, the helmet was nevertheless found to be of great value and was promptly removed for safe keeping.
Thornhaugh Parish Council
Chairman’s Annual Report May 9th 2016
During the past year the Parish Council met at St Andrews Church six times.
It was with great sadness that we learnt in November of the death of Bill Rogers our former Chairman. Bill was very committed to the village and his hard work, dedication and humour was an inspiration. He is a very tough act to follow. The Parish Council put a small simple brass plaque saying “Bills Bench” on the seat that he helped to install in Abbots Wood and where he would often sit during his walks around the woods.