Thorney in the early 1900s – exact location unknown but the walls might suggest somewhere close to the Abbey.

After the Storm, Thorney Causeway (1916)

Storm damage on The Causeway near Thorney in 1916.

The Tankyard, Thorney (c.1896)

A very early image from around 1896 showing The Tankyard at Thorney which today houses the Thorney Heritage Museum. The neo-Jacobean building, now known as Bedford Hall, includes a 96 ft high water tower, erected in 1855, that supplied fresh water to the village.

Standing outside the engineer’s cottage building is wife of the Estate Foreman Ann Parker and in the foreground are her children Walter Parker, Ethel Mary Parker, Lucy Maud Parker and Lily Bates Parker.

[Thanks to Helen Parker-Drabble of the Thorney Society for use of the image]

Cart Makers of Thorney

A superb image showing what appears to be a group of cart makers/repairers presumably in Thorney, date unknown.

In the background are two carts belonging to local farmer Edward Balderson (1865-1949) from Second House Farm in Thorney and on the far right is a cart belonging to Ernest William Hurn (1878-1961) from Dukes Head Farm also in Thorney.

After The Storm, Thorney

Two images believed to date back to 1913 and showing damage on one of the approach roads to Thorney.

Barnabus, Thorney

The Barnabus was a community bus that brought play activities to local villages …… this particular image was captured in Thorney.

Empire Day, Thorney

Three superb images showing Empire Day celebrations on The Green in Thorney, date unknown.

It was not until after the death of Queen Victoria, who died on 22 January 1901, that Empire Day was first celebrated. The first ‘Empire Day’ took place on 24th May 1902, the Queen’s birthday. Although not officially recognised as an annual event until 1916, many schools across the British Empire were celebrating it before then.

Each Empire Day, millions of school children from all walks of life across the length and breadth of the British Empire would typically salute the union flag and sing patriotic songs like Jerusalem and God Save the Queen. They would hear inspirational speeches and listen to tales of ‘daring do’ from across the Empire, stories that included such heroes as Clive of India, Wolfe of Québec and ‘Chinese Gordon’ of Khartoum. But of course the real highlight of the day for the children was that they were let of school early in order to take part in the thousands of marches, maypole dances, concerts and parties that celebrated the event !

Fire at Dukes Head Farm, Thorney

A fire at Dukes Head Farm on the Wisbech Road east of Thorney which was being farmed at the time by Thorney born farmer Ernest William Hurn. Date unknown.

Thorney from the Air (1930s)

An aerial shot of Thorney taken sometime in the the 1930s.

Thorney Railway Station (1972)

The old and derelict Thorney railway station building pictured in 1972 after 15 years of closure.