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

Postcode for Thetford: IP24-26

Thetford Dialling Code: 01842

Population of Thetford: 21,588 (Census 2011)

Thetford Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TL8783

Thetford Norfolk A Tourists Guide - The Ancient Royal Home of King James I and Boudica: Thetford is a smallish town that is situated amongst the forest parks which share its name and it is located on the principal A11 route between Norwich and Cambridge. Home to a population of just under 22,000 people, Thetford is a bustling market town having a history extending back about two thousand years.

Boudica or Boadicea, was the renowned Queen of the Iceni through her marriage to King Prasutagus in the mid first century AD. Their tribe, the Iceni, controlled the English area we now refer to as East Anglia, their seat of power was in the forests of Thetford. It was from there that they engaged in assaults on the Romans until such time as their actions were quashed by order of the Roman Emperor. Thetford was still an important town even after the fall of Boudica and it has been in continual occupation to some measure since then. In the late 1970s a hoard of treasure was unearthed close to the town which hails from the the fourth century. That array of Celtic spoons, pendants, necklaces, rings and other jewellery is now on permanent display in the British Museum and is amongst the most valuable finds in the United Kingdom.

Bridge over the Little Ouse - - 1028483The town of Thetford can be found at the meeting place of two rivers, the Thet after which it was named and the Little Ouse. It was a vital crossing for those travelling into East Anglia and the Thet ford crossing (ford) was subsequently employed as the title of the town that was built here to help supply the tired and thirsty travellers. Nowadays Thetford is still a sensible halting place for drivers using the A11 road offering a variety of coffee shops and eateries from which to pick so that you can stay away from the fast food outlets and motorway style services that line the roundabouts and services of the main road that links Cambridge and Norwich.

The elegant stone buildings of the town centre include the charming King's House which in the early seventeenth century acted as the royal palace of King James. The substantial gardens and the house were awarded to the inhabitants of Thetford by George Wild Staniforth (a retired businessman) who wanted to make certain there was a place which all the towns' people could get pleasure from. The Town Council use the primary building whilst the King's House Gardens are accessible to all and are also a favourite location for wedding pictures within the tastefully landscaped gardens. Another terrific structure is found on White Hart Street in the shape of the Ancient House Museum, it's a classic oak-framed Tudor merchant's house that now holds replicas of the above mentioned Thetford Treasure Hoard and other displays concerning the local history of the town.

Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Thetford and stalls placed in the market square bring a large number of shoppers each week who arrive to inspect fresh produce from local farmers and other traders. Vehicle parking is scarce on these days, hence make sure that you get here early on to obtain a parking spot. The area of the markets have been constant since the town was granted its market town charter in the 1800s and as looking around at the timber framed buildings and flint walls you can pretty much sense the historic past of the town surrounding you. If you do visit on Market Day in Thetford and require to get away from the shops, you should pop over to the Old Fire Station in Cage Ln for an different treat. The television comedy programme, "Dad's Army" set in the imaginary Walmington-on-Sea, however a number of the outside clips were recorded in and around the town of Thetford. The Old Fire Station today houses the fantastic Dad's Army Museum with plenty of exhibits from the TV show additionally it makes available guided tours of the area that include the opportunity to sit next to Captain Mainwaring himself, or in fact the statue of his character which was unveiled in 2007.

In case you like your recreational time to be slightly more high-octane then just 16 kilometres east of the town lies Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit. Here you can actually experience race days, supercar experiences which test your skills with both two and four wheeled motor vehicles on the famous high speed circuit. Having a jammed calendar filled up with events for real petrol heads, it is really a brilliant day trip and only a quick trip from Thetford town centre.

As a rural community, the town is blessed with some of the darkest skies in the United Kingdom rendering it the ultimate location for star-gazing. The Autumn Equinox Festival of Astronomy is held in close proximity to Thetford every year and draws in many amateur and professional astronomers simply because of its scarcity of light pollution and easy accessibility from anywhere in the UK. Referred to as the "Thetford Star Party" this is a great way to learn more about astronomy from the experts and witness the miracles of the Universe.

Getting to Thetford is without question an easy task mainly because it has endured as the chief gateway to East Anglia for centuries. The latest changes to the A11 road to a dual carriageway has made traveling by car or bus simpler and quicker and the city of Norwich can be reached inside of 30 minutes and even London, eighty six miles (one hundred forty kilometers) southwards is within a reasonable driving distance for a day trip. The town is serviced by a main line railway station and is connected by using the direct service between Norwich and Cambridge in addition to routes to Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham and London.

The nearest international airport is at Norwich, 37 miles to the east, alternatively for yet a wider pick of air routes through Europe and beyond, Stansted Airport is merely 80 kms (50 miles) south down the M11 and can also be reached in under ninety minutes by an efficient and fast rail service that drops off in front of the air terminal.

A selection of Thetford streets and roads: Juniper Close, Lime Grove, Coney Close, Poppy Close, Canon's Close, Birch Covert, Ethelreda Drive, Monksgate, Mill Lane, Guildhall Street, Nuns' Bridges Road, Duncan Close, Howlett Way, Mountbatten Close, Charlock Road, Priory Park, Foxglove Road, Pine Close, Durham Way, Stephenson Way, Nunsgate, Anna Sewell Close, Dryden Close, St John's Way, Miller's Lane, The Link, Bracken Road, Fulmerston Close, Water Lane, Grove Lane, Fennel Way, Maine Street, Thistle Close, Coriander Drive, Old Bury Road, Bittern Close, Hereford Close, Pennycress Drive, Tottington Close, Fison Way, Ash Close, Florence Barclay Close, Rutherford Way, Nunnery Place, Painter Street, Collingwood Way, Jellicoe Place, Ford Street, The Glade, New Hampshire Way, Mother Julian Close.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Thetford: Chimney Mill Gallery, Weeting Castle, Forest Park Riding Centre, Monsters Ltd Indoor Play Centre, Wizard Balloons at Nowton Park, Playworld - Ocean Adventure, Thetford Art Gallery, Jumppin Jacks Funhouse, Stanton Windmill, Thetford Forest, Thetford Warren Lodge, Wayland Wood, Kelk Meadows, Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Lakenheath Poors Fen, Ely Cathedral, Strikes, National Horse Racing Museum, Knettishall Heath Country Park, Banham Zoo, West Stow Country Park, Bardwell Windmill, Pashford Poors Fen, Fultons Shooting, Lakenheath Clay Target Centre, Bury Bowl, Moyse's Hall Museum, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Dads Army Museum, Bike Art, Santon Downham.

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