Thetford Off The Beaten Path

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    Charles Burrell Memorial...

    by arturowan Updated Apr 29, 2014

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    It might seem strange to include the official memorial to Charles Burrell, in the 'off the beaten path' section, but I've passed the spot countless times, but never noticed it, despite its close vicinity to the museum, which was once his works...
    As with the museum that bears his name, the memorial is also located in Minstergate, but on the opposite side of the road to the old works, actually set within the wall of the building that is divided between a furniture showroom & a charity shop...
    It's a tiny memorial of intricate bronze relief, depicting an ancient steam road haulage vehicle, with the legend;
    'This memorial commemorates the firm of Charles Burrell & Sons Ltd. who carried on business in these premises from 1770 to 1930...'
    The memorial was made by J.Moray-Smith in 1957 & was mounted on the wall of the original works in 1958
    It's rather strange to assume, not to mention a shame to think that so many folk visit the museum in Charles Burrell's memory, housed in the former paint & finish shop opposite, but probably never notice this miniature memorial...

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    Thetford Power Station...

    by arturowan Updated Nov 26, 2013

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    If you take a trail out of Thetford, along the riverside that runs roughly parallel to the main road to Mundford, after entering the King's Forest, you will reach a rather incongruous looking structure in the trees...
    It's big, brown, with a monstrous chimney stack, & if the winds blowing your way, it whiffs!
    It's Thetford's very own power station & fertiliser factory, & I absolutely LOVE IT!
    I know it might sound contrary to celebrate what many will consider a blot on the landscape, but remember this - Thetford Forest ain't natural, it's entirely man-planted, & its still only been there less than a century...
    Even so, being a tourist location, the planners of the power station had to 'hide' the design; to which end;
    1 - the boiler room is actually subterrannean, so that the roof of the plant doesn't stray above treetop height,
    2 - the entire building is painted dull brown, so as to camouflage it against the forest backdrop...
    It might seem comical to attempt to conceal such a vast structure, but somehow, the site does appear to somehow 'belong' there, & it always excites me to come through the trees & find it there...
    I can still recall my first acquaintance with the structure, after dark, the chimney lit with red beacons, & green & yellow lamps along the roofline, the silhouette making whirring & hissing noises, like something that had landed from outer space...
    The above ground structure is divided into 3 main units - control room, storage of fertiliser, storage of fuel...
    & just what is the fuel?
    This is the best bit, & the cause of the whiff, because it's England's biggest power station fuelled by poultry litter...
    How fitting that in a county such as Norfolk, which produces so much poultry waste, together with the straw & wood chipping which come with the droppings, such an efficient use should be discovered for this detritus...
    1 - generation of electricity,
    2 - production of Fibrophos, the best balanced high potash & phostrogen fertiliser on the market...
    So not only is Norfolk home of 'bootiful' turkey, even what comes out their back ends, doesn't get wasted - how green is that?
    If I had the capitol, I'd buy the company!
    Although I've never been inside the plant, apparently group tours are available at request, in case you want to delve deeper into this fascinating factory-cum-power station, hidden in the trees...

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    Thorpe Woodlands...

    by arturowan Updated Mar 11, 2013

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    The Forestry Commission operate an official campsite within the Thetford Forest wider area, Thorpe Woodlands, where you can park a caravan or pitch a tent, providing you arrive equipped with a portapotty...
    HOWEVER, & it's a big however, despite being the official camping areas in this immense, man-made forest, no portaloo = NO ENTRY - because they do not provide toilets or showers...
    This astounds me, because just what is 1 supposed to be doling out pitch fees for, if these 2 basic requirements from a campsite, aren't provided?
    I just cannot understand why anybody choses to fork out cash, just to stay in Thorpe Woodlands, where, as the advertising promises, you'll be sharing a pitch with pheasants, foxes, deer, & all such pinewood critters, as I've seen when cycling through the site...
    I've also slept many a night in Thetford Forest, (or at least have slept when the owls aren't hooting all through the dark hours), for free, simply by mountain biking over to my favourite secluded spot under the pines, & setting up camp...
    I'm no mug, so I ain't paying to pitch somewhere that doesn't offer a shower for the price - instead, I source water elsewhere for washing & cooking...
    Thorpe Woodlands looks like a nice enough site, but England is a country which charges for everything, but gives little back, & Thetford Forest is there for anybody with the initiative to live off the land, so make the most of it before the government does something like privatising the Forestry Commission, as it was threatening to do...

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