Place:Thetford, Norfolk, England

Alt namesThetford St. Nicholassource: from redirect
Thetford St. Michaelsource: from redirect
Thetford St. Mary the Greatsource: from redirect
Thetford St. Mary Magdalensource: from redirect
Thetford St. Martinsource: from redirect
Thetford St. Margaretsource: from redirect
Thetford St. Laurencesource: from redirect
Thetford St. Johnsource: from redirect
Thetford St. Helensource: from redirect
Thetford St. Gilessource: from redirect
Thetford St. Georgesource: from redirect
Thetford St. Etheldredsource: from redirect
Thetford St. Edmundsource: from redirect
Thetford St. Bennetsource: from redirect
Thetford St. Andrewsource: from redirect
Thetford Holy Trinitysource: from redirect
Tedfordasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 195
Tedfortsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 195
Tetfordsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 195
TypeBorough (municipal)
Coordinates52.416°N 0.748°E
Located inNorfolk, England     (500 - )
See alsoGrimshoe Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Breckland District, Norfolk, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
Contained Places
Thetford Priory
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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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. The civil parish, covering an area of 29.55 km2 (11.41 sq mi), had a population of 24,340 in the 2011 UK census. Thetford is noted as the birthplace of Thomas Paine; a statue of him stands on King Street.

Thetford was large enough to have a number of ecclesiastical parishes. Over time some of these have been merged so that now there are three: St. Cuthbert, St. Mary and St. Peter. A number of other parishes are listed under the ancient division of the Grimshoe Hundred. These have all been redirected to Thetford itself.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Thetford from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Thetford.-- mun. bor. and market town, Norfolk and Suffolk, at the confluence of the Thet and the Little Ouse, 14 miles N. of Bury St Edmunds and 93 miles NE. of London by rail, 7296 ac., population 4032; P.O., [telegraph office], 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Saturday. The bor. comprises the parishes of Thetford St Cuthbert (306 ac., pop. 1628), Thetford St Mary (4620 ac., pop. 1222), and Thetford St Peter (2370 ac., pop. 1182), the last wholly in Norfolk. Thetford was long a very important place. It was probably a Roman station; in Saxon times it was the capital of East Anglia; and in the middle ages it abounded in religious establishments, some remains of which still exist. There are mfrs. of agricultural implements, and some other industries, chiefly connected with agricultural pursuits. Thetford was incorporated in 1573; it returned 2 members to Parl. from the time of Edward VI. until 1867-68."

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