Thorney’s French heritage


Why are there so many French-sounding names on gravestones on Thorney Abbey? Did you know that for many years, French was a common language in the village?

If your family originated in Thorney, there’s a chance you will have some French or Huguenot ancestors. A book called Cromwell’s Settlers tells how settlers from abroad were invited to Thorney in the 17th century and what happened to their descendants.

The book has just been reprinted and is available from Thorney Heritage Museum (cost £4.95) when the museum opens for its summer season on Easter Sunday, or from Margaret Fletcher on 270634


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