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Thetford, Norfolk

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Thetford, Norfolk

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 km, has a population of 21,588.
Administrative CountyNorfolk
Traditional CountyNorfolk / Suffolk
OS GridTL8783
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityNorfolk
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorfolk
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorfolk
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01842
Population21,588 (2001 Census)

Other names by which Thetford, Norfolk has been known in the past

Simomagus ~ Sinomagus ~ Sitomagus ~ Theodford ~ Theotford

Thetford, Norfolk in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (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., pop. 4032; P.O., T.O., 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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