Place:Thwaite-St. Mary, Norfolk, England

NameThwaite-St. Mary
Alt namesThwaitesource: Family History Library Catalog
Thwaite St Marysource: Wikipedia, A Vision of Britain through Time
TypeHamlet, Civil parish
Coordinates52.5036°N 1.4367°E
Located inNorfolk, England
See alsoLoddon Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Loddon and Clavering Rural, Norfolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1935
Loddon Rural, Norfolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1935-1974
South Norfolk District, Norfolk, Englanddistrict municiplaity covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Thwaite-St. Mary is a rural hamlet (and civil parish) in the English county of Norfolk, it sits just a few miles north of the Suffolk border. Thwaite – sometimes pronounced ‘twayt’ by locals – has approximately 35 dwellings and a population of around 79.

Due to its rural location and minimal air and light pollution, Thwaite is home to an astronomical observatory run by the University of East Anglia. The village also backs on to the tiny Seething Airfield, formerly RAF Seething which utilises part of the runway from an old American wartime airbase. The 1941 control tower still stands and serves as a museum to the war years and to the 448th Bombardment Group (Heavy) in particular.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Thwaite St. Mary from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"THWAITE-ST. MARY, a parish in Loddon [registration] district, Norfolk; 3½ miles N of Bungay [railway] station. Post town: Bungay. Acres: 676. Real property: £1,089. Population: 136. Houses: 29. The property is chiefly divided between two. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value: £200. Patron: the Duke of Norfolk. The church is tolerable."

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