ALIVE WITH HISTORY

2000 Years in one amazing visit
  • Boudica

    Boudica, one of the most iconic female warriors in English history built Gallows Hill in Thetford then lead the revolt against the Romans
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  • Viking Age

    In its heyday, Thetford was the Saxon capital of East Anglia. King Sweyn casually destroyed Thetford before becoming King of England in 1013

    In the 10th century Thetford even had its own mint with its coins being found as far afield as Scandinavia
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  • Norman Age

    After the Norman Conquest Thetford’s Priory and the castle (with the largest motte in England) were founded by Roger Bigod, a close friend of William the Conqueror.
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  • Age of medieval devotion

    Discover the monks who commanded some of the most economically powerful institutions in East Anglia.
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  • Mercantile Age

    In the C16th the town was a successful mercantile centre, reflected in the surviving merchant houses and associations with major figures such as John of Gaunt
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  • Tudors and Jacobeans

    Thetford became the haunts of Kings, Queens and Dukes.

    The Tudor and Jacobean period saw the town develop further, thanks to friendships with the Dukes of Norfolk, the Cleres, the Fulmerstons and James I.
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  • Civil War and Restoration

    The town sided with Parliament during the Civil War but fared well at the Restoration with one of its prominent Parliamentarians donating the Civic Regalia.
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  • Age of Reason

    Thomas Paine was born in Thetford and was the first champion of the Rights of Man
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  • The Age of Industrial Innovation

    The founders of traction engines and agro crop science were from Victorian Thetford
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  • The Age of Empire

    Maharajah Duleep Singh lived in Thetford, he was good friends with Queen Victoria and the owner of the world’s largest diamond.
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  • Age of Municipal Democracy

    Thetford became the first town in Britain to elect a black Mayor.
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  • The Age of Global Wars

    In the 1960's & 1970’s Thetford was home to the TV series Dad’s Army
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  • Town Expansion and Migration

    From the 1950’s Thetford became an ‘overspill town’ taking new populations from London and grew at a faster rate than any other English town.
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Great Events

Thetford Summer Night Market
Thetford's Great Festival 2014 Event
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Great News

Thetford's Great Festival

Thetford's Great Festival 2014 programme announced - Truly something for everyone!
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Great Events

Thetford Summer Night Market
Thetford's Great Festival 2014 Event
Find out more >

Great News

Thetford's Great Festival

Thetford's Great Festival 2014 programme announced - Truly something for everyone!
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