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Location of Thetford: Breckland Norfolk, Eastern England, England, United Kingdom.

Thetford Post Code: IP24-26

Thetford Dialling Code: 01842

Population of Thetford: 21,588 (Census 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Thetford: TL8783

Thetford Norfolk A Tourists Guide - The Historical Royal Home of James I and Boudica: Thetford is a compact town which is located among the forest parks that bear its name and is found on the key A11 highway between Norwich and Cambridge. With a populace of just under 22,000 people, Thetford is a pretty market town with a history going back close to 2 millennia.

Boadicea or Boudica, was the famous Queen of the Iceni by marriage to King Prasutagus in the mid 1st century AD. Their tribe inhabited the area of Britain we now refer to as East Anglia, their seat of power was in the forests of Thetford. From here they engaged in raids on the Romans until finally their capers were subdued on orders of the Roman Emperor. Thetford continued as a significant town even with the demise of their King and Queen and it has been ceaselessly populated in some form or other since this time era. In nineteen seventy nine a hoard of treasure was found near to the town which had been buried since the 4th century AD. The array of Celtic inscribed, pendants, rings and various jewellery is today on display in the London's British Museum and is considered one of the most significant finds in the country.

Bridge over the Little Ouse - - 1028483The town can be found on the union of two rivers, the Little Ouse and the Thet (which it was named after). It was a crucial crossing point for those journeying into East Anglia and the Thet ford crossing was implemented as the name of the town which appeared there in order to provide for the thirsty and weary travellers. In modern times the town still is a convenient resting place for those driving using the A11 and offers a multitude of cafes and restaurants to pick from should you want to avoid the fast food outlets and motorway style services that line the roundabouts and service areas of the Cambridge to Norwich road.

The stunning stone buildings of the town centre of Thetford include for instance the delightful King's House formerly the royal palace of King James the First. The building and its considerable gardens were presented to the citizens of Thetford by George W. Staniforth (a retired Yorkshire businessman) who wanted to make certain there was an area which the local people could enjoy. The Town Council use the principal building while the King's House Gardens are open to all and are also a widely used location for wedding photographs amid the stunningly landscaped gardens. A further fine building is placed on White Hart St and called the Ancient House Museum, it's an early oak-framed Tudor merchant's house which now has on display reproductions of the previously mentioned Thetford Treasure Hoard and various exhibits concerning the local history of Thetford.

Saturdays and Tuesdays are market days in Thetford and the stalls displaying their goods on Market Place entice 1000s of visitors every week who arrive to purchase produce from local farmers and other stallholders. Car parking isn't easy on market days, therefore make certain you arrive there ahead of time to acquire your parking place. The positioning of the market has stayed the same ever since the town was issued its charter to stage a market in the seventeenth century so when you look around at the Norfolk flint walls and oak framed buildings you may actually be aware of the ancient past of the town all around you. If ever you show up on Market Day in Thetford and need an escape from the shopping, why don't you visit Cage Ln and the Old Fire Station for an different experience. The BBC comedy, "Dad's Army" set in the fictional Walmington-on-Sea, but it's a fact that a lot of the exterior clips were recorded in and around Thetford. The Old Fire Station in Cage Lane currently is home to the fabulous Dad's Army Museum with lots of exhibits from the show and it also makes available guided tours of the town which include the opportunity to sit beside Captain Mainwaring himself, or in truth a statue of the character which was unveiled in 2007.

In case you like your free time to be slightly more high-octane then just ten miles to the east of Thetford sits Snetterton Circuit. At Snetterton you're able to experience race days, supercar experiences which will test out your expertise with both 2 and 4 wheeled high performance motors on the famous high speed race track. With a jam-packed calendar abundant in events for real petrol heads, it is an excellent day trip only a few minutes from Thetford.

Being a rural locale, the town experiences some of Britain's darkest skies rendering it a great choice of setting for viewing celestial activities. The Autumn Equinox Festival of Astronomy takes place near Thetford annually and draws a large number of amateur and professional astronomers due to its lack of light pollution and convenient accessibility from anywhere in the UK. Also known as the "Thetford Star Party" it can be a great way to understand more about astronomy from the experts and watch the wonder of the Universe in all its glory.

Travelling to the town has typically always been a simple task as it has existed as the gateway to the East of England for thousands of years. The most recent improving of the A11 to a dual carriageway has made traveling by automobile or bus simpler and faster and Norwich city can be got to in just thirty minutes and even London, 86 miles (140km kilometres) southwards is within an acceptable driving distance for a day trip. The town of Thetford is served by a main line railway and is connected with a direct service between Norwich and Cambridge along with links to Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham and London.

The nearest international airport is in Norwich, 37 miles (60 km) east of Thetford, alternatively for yet a bigger choice of air routes through Europe and beyond, Stansted Airport is barely eighty kms southwards on the M11 and can be gotten to within an hour and a half by an excellent and speedy train service that halts beside the air terminal.

A selection of Thetford streets and roads: The Meadows, Thistle Close, Milton Close, Harriet Martineau Close, Tennyson Way, Caxton Way, Guildhall Street, Benbow Road, St Mary's Crescent, St Helens Court, Brickfields Way, Haling Way, Catherine Howard Close, Fisher Way, Boadicea Close, Leyland Close, Miller's Lane, Almond Grove, Icknield Close, Redgate, Hereford Close, Warren Close, Montpelier Drive, Icknield Way, Old Market Street, Ulfkell Road, Stephenson Way, Lodge Way, Pike Lane, Elgin Way, Tanner Street, Bracken Road, Melford Court, Drake Road, St Martin's Way, Hazel Covert, Columbine Close, Chester Way, Green Lane, Anne Boleyn Close, The Glade, Jubilee Close, Sweyn Close, St Giles' Lane, Thomas Paine Avenue, Highlands, Scott Close, Ben Culey Drive, St Mary's Court, Bittern Close, Comfrey Way.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Thetford: Anglia Karting Centre, Strikes, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Fun 2 Play, Market Weston Fen, Lakenheath Clay Target Centre, Lakenheath Poors Fen, National Horse Racing Museum, Thelnetham Fen, Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life, Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum, Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Playworld - Ocean Adventure, High Lodge Thetford Forest Centre, Go Ape Forest Segway, Wangford Warren, Norfolk Tank Museum, National Dragonfly Project, Pashford Poors Fen, Bike Art, Paint Pots, Larkwood fishery, Banham Zoo, Kids Play Bury St Edmunds, Curious About Ely, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Thompson Common, Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail, Thelnetham Windmill, Treetops Soft Play.

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