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

Thetford Post Code: IP24-26

Dialling Code for Thetford: 01842

Thetford Population: 21,588 (2011 Census)

Thetford Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TL8783

Thetford East Anglia A Visitors Guide - The Historic Royal Home of King James the First and Boudica: Thetford is a modest town which is nestled between the forest parks that carry its name and it is positioned on the primary A11 road between Norwich and Cambridge. Providing homes for a population of around 21,588 inhabitants, Thetford is an appealing market town having a heritage extending back approximately 2 millennia.

Boadicea or Boudica, was Queen of the Iceni by marriage to King Prasutagus in the middle of the first century AD. The Iceni tribe inhabited the English area we now refer to as East Anglia, their seat of power was established in and around the forests of Thetford. From here they conducted assaults upon the Roman invaders until their actions were subdued by order of the Roman Emperor. Thetford was still an important town following the fall of Boudica and it has been continually populated in some form or other since then. In nineteen seventy nine a hoard of treasure was discovered near the town that had been lost since the 4th century AD. The hoard of Celtic spoons, necklaces, gold rings, pendants and various items is on display in the British Museum (London) and is one of the most significant finds in Britain.

Bridge over the Little Ouse - - 1028483Thetford stands at the conjunction of two rivers, the Little Ouse and the River Thet (which it was named after). It was a critical crossing point for those travelling into East Anglia and the Thet ford crossing (ford) was adopted as the name of the town which emerged there in order to provide for the hungry and weary travellers. These days the town is still being used as a handy resting point for travellers using the A11 road offering a large selection of coffee shops and eating places to choose from if you desire to steer clear of the motorway style services and fast food outlets found on the roundabouts and services of the Cambridge to Norwich road.

The magnificent stone buildings of the town centre of Thetford include for example the delightful King's House which in the early 17th century was the royal residence of James the First. The house and its substantial gardens were gifted to the people of Thetford by George W. Staniforth (a retired businessman) who desired to make sure there was a space that all people of Thetford could enjoy. The principle building is employed by the Town Council and the King's House Gardens are open to everyone and are a favourite position for wedding photography amongst the discerningly landscaped gardens. Another fine building is based on White Hart St in the shape of the Ancient House Museum, it is an old oak-framed Tudor merchant's house that now has on display reproductions of the aforementioned Thetford Treasure and additional exhibits regarding the local history of Thetford.

Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in the town and the stalls presenting their merchandise on the market square entice thousands of shoppers every week who arrive to check out produce from local farmers and other sellers. Vehicle parking isn't easy on these days, so make certain you roll up early to reserve your car parking place. The positioning of the market has been the same ever since Thetford was issued its market town charter in the seventeenth century and as you look around at the Norfolk flint walls and oak framed buildings you can practically be aware of the history of the town all around you. If you do show up on Market Day in Thetford and want a break from the shopping, perhaps you should visit Cage Lane and the Old Fire Station for an different experience. The BBC TV comedy, "Dad's Army" set in the fictional town of Walmington-On-Sea, however are you aware that most of the external locations were filmed in and close to the town of Thetford. The Old Fire Station in Cage Ln nowadays houses the superb Dad's Army Museum with lots of exhibits from the show and it in addition runs guided tours of the town which feature the opportunity to sit beside Captain Mainwaring, or actually a statue of his character which was unveiled in 2007.

For those who like your free time to be a bit more lively then only 16 kilometres east of Thetford lays Snetterton Circuit. Here you'll be able to participate in race days, supercar experiences that test your talents with both two and four wheeled vehicles on the thrilling high speed track. Having a jampacked calendar stuffed with events for true petrol heads, it is actually a superb outing only a few minutes from Thetford.

Being a rural locale, Thetford experiences some of the UK's darkest skies which make it a preferred choice of setting for star-gazing. Every year, in close proximity to Thetford, the Autumn Equinox Festival of Astronomy takes place and draws in hundreds of professional and amateur astronomers due to its lack of light pollution and convenient accessibility from all around the UK. Sometimes known as the "Thetford Star Party" it's just a great way to learn more about astronomy from the experts and discover the wonder of the Universe in all its glory.

Travelling to Thetford has commonly always been easy as it has been with us as the principal gateway to the East of England for 100s of years. The most recent improvements to the A11 road into dual carriageway has meant traveling by car or bus easier and quicker and the city of Norwich can be got to in less than thirty minutes and even London, 86 miles (140 kilometres) south is still within an acceptable driving distance for a day trip. The town of Thetford is accessible by rail and is connected via a direct service between Norwich and Cambridge and also links to London, Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester.

The handiest international airport is at Norwich, 37 miles (60 kilometres) east, or for even a superior pick of air routes throughout Europe and beyond, Stansted Airport is merely 50 miles (80 kilometres) south on the M11 motorway and can easily be gotten to in less than 90 minutes by an efficient and rapid train service that stops right by the air terminal.

A selection of Thetford streets and roads: Stearne Close, St Giles' Lane, Nuns' Bridges Road, Celia Phillips Close, Saxon Bank, Anne Boleyn Close, Hurth Way, Leyland Close, Monksgate, Baird Way, Lime Kiln Lane, Juniper Close, Faraday Place, Whitehart Street, Brunel Way, Stanford Road, Kingsway, Anna Gurney Close, Shelley Way, Millicent Oliver Close, Drake Road, Honeysuckle Close, Peter Drive, Warren Close, Autumn Close, Sturston Close, Plover Close, Wyatt Way, Richard Easter Road, Ethelreda Drive, Highlands, Castle Lane, Sybil Wheeler Close, Campion Road, Castle Street, The Glade, Ben Culey Drive, Hazel Covert, Stephenson Way, Sweyn Close, Ely Way, Ripon Way, Boston End, Blackthorn Close, Mountbatten Close, The Sidings, Icknield Close, Priory Park, Cunningham Close, Station Road, Grenville Way.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Thetford: Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail, Go Ape Forest Segway, Kelk Meadows, Go Ape Tree Top Junior, Santon Downham, Green Britain Centre, Waterworld and Breckland Leisure Centre, Forest Park Riding Centre, Brandon Country Park, Dads Army Museum, Thetford Priory, Fun 2 Play, Mr Gs Bowling Centre, Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Knettishall Heath Country Park, Congo Rapids Adventure Golf, Lackford Lakes, Wizard Balloons at Nowton Park, Paint Pots, Sedgeway Equestrian Centre, Bury Bowl, Curve Motion, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Micklemere, Banham Zoo, Chimney Mill Gallery, Stanton Windmill, Burwell Museum, Fultons Shooting, Hulabaloos, Pakenham Windmill.

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