Thetford is a very historic town in Norfolk, 12 miles from Bury St. Edmunds and on the edge of the Breckland and Thetford Forest.
It was the cathedral city of East Anglia until William the Conqueror's decision that cathedrals should be in the major cities, at which point the diocese was moved to Norwich.
There are extensive remains of Thetford Priory, a Cluniac establishment now in the care of English Heritage.
The Norman Thetford Castle is represented by an enormous castle mound, itself set among Iron Age earthworks. Thetford stands on the prehistoric Icknield Way.
Thomas Paine, author of "The Rights of Man", which heavily influenced both the French and American Revolutions, was born in Thetford in 1737, and there is now a splendid golden statue of him in the town centre.
External scenes for the ever popular TV series "Dad's Army" were filmed in Thetford.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Thetford for groups.