Place:Stanford, Norfolk, England

Alt namesEstanfordasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 194
Stanforasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 194
TypeDeserted settlement
Coordinates52.516°N 0.733°E
Located inNorfolk, England
See alsoGrimshoe Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Breckland District, Norfolk, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Stanford is a deserted village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated some north of the town of Thetford and south-west of the city of Norwich.

The village became deserted when it was taken over by the British Army during the Second World War as part of the Stanford Battle Area, an infantry training area that is still in use today. The village and most of the parish are within a prohibited area and access is not allowed without special permission from the Army.

The parish church of All Saints, like the other surviving churches within the training area, is protected with blast-proof sheeting to protect the structure, and wire fencing surrounds the church and churchyard to protect from military manoeuvres.

The civil parish has an area of and in the 2001 census had a population of 8 in 4 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.

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