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    Charles Burrell Museum...

    by arturowan Written Apr 30, 2014

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    You cannot miss the main museum...
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    The official museum housing the collection of industrialist & inventor, Charles Burrell's steam engines, is appropiately located inside the old paint & finishing workshop, where he originally founded the Saint Nicholas Street factory complex...
    The actual foundry was on the other side of the road, where the Iceland supermarket, furniture warehouse, & charity shop are located, where you can also find the Charles Burrell Memorial (see separate tip...)
    Engines were driven across the road into the current location of the museum, itself a remarkable building, the architecture of which must have been eyecatching in its time, with the convex roof & large glass area...
    Here, the traction engines, truck wagons, & agricultural implements were enamelled & beautifully decorated with stripes & signwriting, before leaving the factory in order to do what is today performed by diesel-powered tractors...
    Steam power is something special, so the best time to visit the museum is on those rare occasions when an engine is under steam - & all exhibits remain in working order...
    However, the museum is always an interesting place, with detailed displays capturing the atmosphere in the heyday of the factory, when it was a place of high craftsmanship, reflecting the skills of those 350 artisans who laboured there...
    The Charles Burrell Museum does not only display the history of steam engine manufacturing in Thetford, but also presents other exhibitions, including an annual Art Attack!
    This is a childrens' art group inside the museum, & an exhibition of artwork by puils @ Thetford Academy & Grammar School...
    The museum also has combined events with the Dads' Army Museum (see separate tip...)

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    Dad's Army locations...

    by arturowan Updated Feb 20, 2014

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    It's Captain Mainwaring! (well almost!)
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    Thetford town is the central location for any visitor to the region who wants to pursue an interest in the classic English sitcom Dad's Army...
    Down near Nun's Bridges, (where the so-called 'bus station' that doesn't actually exist, is located) a bronze sculpture of Captain Mainwaring is situated, & as statues go, this itself is a classic...
    The likeness is spot-on, & I particularly love how the sculptor has gotten 'little Napolean's' spectatcles just right - it really could be the late Arthur Lowe sitting there...
    In Cage Lane is the actual Dad's Army museum, & it contains such classic exhibits as the fire engine & now, Jones the butcher's van, but the downside is, it only opens 1 day a week, & not at all out-of-season...
    Go to Mill Lane, to witness where the platoon were marched as hostages, by Kapitan Muller, in The Deadly Attachment...
    More marching scenes were filmed in Newtown, in both, The Lion Has 'phones; & Museum Piece, & nearby, now derelict, Saint Mary-the-less church, on 0ld Bury Road, was used as a backdrop in both, The Showing Up of Corporal Jones; & Shooting Pains...
    Also, along 0ld Bury Road, Corporal Jones recognises his mugshot, mixed up on the poster for the missing Polish prisoner, in The Face 0n The Poster (& how ironic that in the town these days, you're as likely to hear Polish as much as English, spoken on the streets...)
    0ff Pike Lane, (no connection to the character) - The Guildhall was used as Walmington-on-Sea Town Hall, in both, The Captain's Car; & Time 0n My Hands, while Nether Row, re-named Percy Street, was used repeatedly throughout the series...
    The Palace Cinema, now a bingo hall, was used for the interior of Eastgate Cinema, in A Soldier's Farewell, & was also where the cast were shown the days rushes, during filming sessions...
    Many other local locations were also used throughout the 9 series of Dad's Army, mostly in surrounding rural Norfolk, but also on the Suffolk coast, as the fictional Walmington-0n-Sea was supposed to be a seaside resort, closed for the duration...

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    2-Mile Bottom

    by arturowan Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    As its name might suggest, 2 Mile Bottom lays a couple of miles outside Thetford town centre, but as far as I'm concerned, is the centre of the Thetford region...
    It is marked by a crossing, where the road from East Wretham, meets the A134 main road between Mundford & Thetford, though this is not an actual crossroads, however, non-motorised traffic can cross here & continue towards Brandon, via Santon Downham, on a sandy, unmade logging track...
    This unmade, Forestry Commission track, is perfect for mountain bikes & horses, though care needs to be taken in places because the soft sandy soil causes a slippery surface, & when vehicles do come along it, they leave a cloud of dust & some motorbikes are excessively noisy...
    There is a picnic area within Forestry Commission land, & has its own webpage on their official website, but tells little other than to find it on the side of the main road towards Thetford...
    It's a popular parking place for dog walkers, with shade beneath beeches as well as the typical pines, as well as interesting alternative forest tracks into East Wretham, although the main road here is always quiet & easily cycled...
    However, it can be avoided entirely, if you approach from Croxton Heath, or otherwise turn off the Wretham main road before the junction, at FC gate 29, & then follow the forest track that leads directly into the picnic site...
    0n the opposite side of the road is Thetford's meeting centre for Bidwell Scout & Guide camp, while further along is the main entrance to the power station, though the best view of this evocative structure, is to be had by taking the footpath here, that leads down to the river 0use, & also into Brandon...
    By deviating from this arterial path, it's possible to visit Saint Helen's well, & by crossing under the railway bridge, towards the hibernaculum, built to accommodate bats, & to visit Stanton church, which will lead into Saint Helen's picnic site...
    There is a Bronze Age burial mound, known as Blood Hill, which is also easily reached from 2 Mile Bottom...
    2 Mile Bottom, then - something for all, be they walker, biker, off-roader, & even flyers of model aircraft, in the field beside the Scout camp...

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  • Thetford Town Bridge and Little Ouse River

    by Mariajoy Written May 20, 2008

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    Thetford is situatated on the Little Ouse River and according to the website there are lots of lovely walks in the area that the visitor can take! We were only there for a weekend but would love to return and have more of a look around this ancient and historic town.

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  • Thetford Priory

    by Mariajoy Updated May 19, 2008

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    An early sunny Sunday morning stroll through the old part of Thetford and we stumbled upon the ancient ruins of a Cluniac priory. This is one of the largest and most important monasteries in East Anglia, and was founded by Roger Bigod in 1103-4.

    The Priory belongs to English Heritage and is free to enter and open all year!

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  • Charles Burrell Museum

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Situated on Minstergate, this building was the old paint shop for the steam engines and now houses the Charles Burrell Museum.

    Check the website for more details.

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  • St Peter's Church

    by Mariajoy Written May 20, 2008

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    A medieval church situated in Bridge Street. Click on the 2nd photo for more info. Thetford is dotted with these information plaques all over the town - very helpful for visitors :)

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  • The Ancient House

    by Mariajoy Written May 20, 2008

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    Quaint little museum about the history of Thetford located in a beautiful 15th century Tudor merchants house in the old heart of Thetford.

    All details can be found on their website below.

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