"Following family history –
wonderful museum, helpful
members of the Society.
Delighted to have first visit to this area. Thank you so very much."

“We found memories of mother's home – interesting to discover history”

A member of the Beharell family visited an outreach exhibition and was amazed to find a large board linking the history of the Beharells from 17th century Lille to Thorney.


For details of our enquiries service, please see the Family List page below.

Please contact us prior to visiting the museum for family history enquires, so we can provide you the best possible service.

We can prepare documents for you in advance of your visit. 

We are grateful for donations (cheques payable to The Thorney Society) to support the work of our Museum.

During museum opening hours, family history experts may be unavailable and stewards may be unable to help immediately.

The Museum holds the following copy records:

Thorney Abbey Monumental Inscriptions

Census Returns 1841 – 1891

Marriages 1653 – 1940

Burials 1653 – 1963

Baptisms 1653 – 1940

Research on various Thorney Families (collated from other records)

Duke of Bedford Alterations to Tenants

Duke of Bedford Contracts

Fenland Notes and Queries

Wills of Thorney residents


Thorney has always provided people for service in the armed forces whether in the local militia, World War I, World War II,

or any conflict since.

In World War II this included service in the Home Guard, Red Cross and Land Army.

Donations and photographs are held in the museum recording local people involved in all of the above.

The Cambridgeshire Regimental Museum sent, on short term loan, copies of the Militia Lists for 1822 and 1823. These have been transcribed and can be reviewed under "Militia Lists". These take a couple of minutes to load.

Books about graves and memorials in Thorney Abbey Churchyard

These books include information about people with the following family names:

Military gravestones: Baldwin, Benton, Berridge, Briggs, Castle, Clapham, Cooke, Gedney, Hadnam,

Johnson, Latimer, Lilley, Merchant, Morris, Oliver, Peach, Shirley

Victorian gravestones: Bland, Bott, Buck, Carr, Cautley, Cave, Clapham, Cooke, Davis,

Gee, Hammerton, Hardy, Nichol, Russell, Thacker

Please see the bibliography page for information about buying these books (available December 2005)



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