Thorney is a village to the east of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. On the edge of the unique and unspoilt Cambridgeshire Fen landscape – but only two miles from the thriving, historic city of Peterborough. It offers the perfect blend of rural tradition and cosmopolitan sophistication. Residents can enjoy the rural lifestyle and the superb arts, entertainment and shopping facilities of Peterborough.
The village has roots back to around 500 AD when it started out as a Saxon settlement, the existence of Thorney Abbey made the settlement an important ecclesiastical centre for a long period of time. Much of the village was built at the command of the Dukes of Bedford, who wished to have a healthy place in which their estate workers could live. In the mid 19th century many buildings were added to the designs of the architect S.S. Teulon, explaining the uniformity of the housing in the original centre of Thorney.
Thorney benefits from excellent transport links. The A47 bypass was opened in 2005, meaning the village much quieter. Also with easy access to the A47 - the A1 and fast direct rail connections from Peterborough to London, Cambridge and Stansted Airport are all easy to reach.
The village's local school is the Duke of Bedford Primary School and there is also a specialist school at Park House for children with special educational needs. Secondary school pupils have a choice of nearby Arthur Mellows Village College or schools in Peterborough city. College and university students can travel to either Peterborough or Cambridge.
Retail and Leisure
Thorney is a small village with a few local amenities including independent shops, pubs and community centre. Although nearby Peterborough provides for all tastes and ages. The city boasts several shopping centres, cinemas and theatres. Nestling in the heart of Peterborough is Ferry Meadows, a 500 acre park with meadows, lakes and woodlands to explore.