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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.

Overview

During the eleventh and twelfth centuries the town of Thetford itself faced a period of economic decline after its Late Saxon heyday. However, the conquest of 1066 and the Norman dynasty founded by William the Conqueror had an important impact in Thetford; the town’s largest and most impressive medieval sites were created by the Normans.

People

Roger Bigod was to have a profound influence on the landscape of Thetford. He arrived in England with William the Conqueror, and may have fought at the Battle of Hastings. The Domesday Book records that he owned a large amount of land in East Anglia, and he chose to make his base at Thetford.
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Thetford in the time of Domesday

The Domesday survey of 1086 recorded nearly 1000 burgesses living in Thetford, and although it is very difficult to work out full population figures from Domesday data, it has been..
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Key dates
  • 1065
  • 1067-9
  • 1071
  • 1086
  • 1094
  • 1104
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