About our village.At the time of Edward the Confessor the parish was known as Thorpe, but the prefix Morning, from the word "mourning" meaning "shallow lake", was added to avoid confusion with numerous other Thorpes in the vicinity.
The Doomsday Book records two manors, and the village still contains some fine examples of Tudor houses. The Manor is in Elizabethan style, and Friars Farm is early C17th.
Morningthorpe today forms a civil parish with the adjoining village of Fritton. The combined population, according to the 2001 census, is 253.