Thetford stands on River Little Ouse which flows westward and is a tributary of the River Great Ouse, The Great Ouse finds its way to the sea via King's Lynn and The Wash. In its time, the Little Ouse has been navigable as far as here, though nowadays the head of navigation is Santon Downham bridge, 6 miles downstream.

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Enjoy exploring this website… mingle with influential historical characters, dig in to the significant thirteen eras and then come and visit Thetford in person to soak up the rich and varied history that makes Thetford’s heritage truly great. Take a look and enjoy the 2,000 year journey – we think you’ll be surprised…..

The National Cycle Route 13 links Thetford to Gateley, near Fakenham.

Thetford is a market town and civil parish in the Breckland district of Norfolk, England. It is on the A11 road between Norwich and London, just south of Thetford Forest. After World War II Thetford became an ‘overspill town’ taking people from London, as a result of which its population increased substantially.[1] The civil parish, covering an area of 29.55 km2 (11.41 sq mi), has a population of 24,340.[2]

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On 20 November 869, Edmund the Martyr – the last native King of the East Angles – was killed in East Anglia by Vikings. For a time Edmund was England’s patron saint.

Hi, I visited the forest for the day on Saturday and managed to lose my sunglasses, I was wondering if there is someone I could speak to to see if they have kindly been handed in?

Thetford, an important crossing of the River Little Ouse, draws its name from the Anglo-Saxon Theodford or peoples ford. The nearby River Thet was later named after the town.

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Thetford Cemetery located on the London Road holds plots for all denominations.

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The Domesday Book lists William of Bello Fargo as the Bishop of Thetford[3] in 1085.

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The Ancient House Museum, situated on White Hart Street, is an oak-framed Tudor merchant's house. The museum holds replicas of the Thetford Treasure and has displays about flint knapping, rabbit warreners and wildlife in the brecks. You can also find out more about Thomas Paine and the Maharajah Duleep Singh. The Ancient House was gifted to the town by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh.

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The surrounding Breckland has been largely replaced by the Thetford Forest, though Thetford Chase remains.

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Thetford Rugby Union Football Club is based at two mile bottom on the Mundford road just outside Thetford. The club has two teams, the first team plays in the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 and the second team plays in the Woodlands Norfolk Merit League 3, with both teams playing on Saturdays.

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Each era is linked to key places in Thetford and relevant historical characters to help tell the story and make sense of the fascinating history. The most amazing people have been to Thetford over the last 2,000 years and left their mark; Normans, Vikings, monks, great thinkers, female warriors, Britain’s first black mayor, Kings and Queens, revolutionary engineers, Dad’s Army and today’s multicultural communities.

Would I be able to get a chain saw and cut up deadfallen trees, and use the wood in my fireplace at my house to stay warm this winter?

It is served by Thetford railway station, with Abellio Greater Anglia running services between Norwich and Cambridge, and East Midlands Trains from Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street (via Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly). From Cambridge, regular services run to London King's Cross.

A swimming team called the Thetford Dolphins is based at Breckland Leisure Centre's Waterworld swimming pools. World champion triathlete Chrissie Wellington is a former member of this swimming club.[12]

Jones' van which was used in the series is displayed at the nearby Charles Burrell Museum.

Thetford Forest has a number of picnic sites which are free to visit. On the left hand menu bar on the Thetford Forest page click on "Places to Visit in Thetford Forest". High Lodge Forest Centre is based in Thetford Forest and does require you to pay for parking. However, there's lots to do there with play equipment, bike trails and a caf.

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Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk and other early Tudor dynasty officials were once buried in Thetford before removal to Framlingham.

In December 2014, a £102 million project to dual the A11 between Thetford and the Five Ways roundabout at Mildenhall was completed, meaning that the entire A11 is now dual carriageway from London to Thetford, and beyond to Norwich.[13]

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East Harling near Thetford hosts an annual Autumn Equinox Festival for astronomy. The town is also the site for the UK's Star Party, as it is centrally located in a rural area with dark night skies. An annual concert, STORM open air festival used to take place at the Castle Green.

High Lodge Forest Centre in Thetford Forest attracts thousands of visitors every year. Events are held throughout the year including summer concerts and the Hallowe'en 'terror trail'.

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The forest covers a huge area with many different places to visit offering a range attractions from the exciting outdoor play facilities at High Lodge, the history and heritage of Mildenhall Warren and Lynford Arboretum and the peace and tranquility of the walks around St Helen's.  Select Places to Visit in Thetford Forest from the side menu to find out more.

Thetford also contains the ruins of a 12th-century Cluniac priory. Thetford Priory, open to the public, was closed during the Reformation. Both the Priory and the Bell Inn, also in Thetford, were featured for their alleged hauntings on the television series Ghosthunters. The Black Horse public house dates from the mid 18th century, and is grade II listed.[4]

Castle Hill, to the south-east of the town centre, is a Norman motte though no trace remains of the castle which once surmounted it. The mound (motte) is open to the public, and provides excellent views of the town from its summit and extensive earthworks. It is in a public park, near the Three Nuns Bridges and close to the town centre overlooking the rivers.

The British Trust for Ornithology moved its headquarters into the former Nunnery, south of the town centre, in 1991.

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Thank you for checking this out with us. Unfortunately you are not allowed to use a chainsaw to cut up fallen trees on the public forest estate. Thetford Forest is a Special Protection Area for wildlife and fallen dead wood is valuable habitat. Timber grown on the estate is harvested under strict guidelines and sold to sustainably manage the forest for all. Unmanaged chainsaw activity in the forest would also place other forest users at risk.