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    Castle Hill...

    by arturowan Written Oct 22, 2014

    Thetford Castle was a Medieval motte & bailey castle, built by Roger Bigod, in order to protect both the town & the local crossing of the Icknield Way...
    The centre of the castle was a huge motte, a mound built into a ditch, the sunken area is considered to be the escond largest of the typr constructed in England...
    2 sets of ramparts completed the fortification, which had origins on this site since Neolithic times...
    Because of the decline of Thetford as a town with important industries, the castle is thought to have been disused as soon as the 13th Century...
    A group of elm trees was planted on the mound in 1823

    Unique Suggestions: Castle Hill is free to enter & now incorporates a play park for those who have children...
    It is just a shame that no trace of the actual castle which would have dominated the skyline, actually remains...

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

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    Thetford Priory...

    by arturowan Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    Thetford Priory is the centrally promoted feature of the town, being an extensive site of the former Saint Mary Abbey, founded by Roger Bigod in 1107
    It is said that local nobleman, Bigod, actually laid the foundation stone at the new site of the Priory, only to die a week later...
    The Cluniac Priory was moved to the new site because the religious community had outgrown that at Saint Mary's church, on the other side of the river in town...
    During the Medieval period, Thetford Priory was a site of pilgrimage, because a statue of the Virgin Mary was regarded to have miraculous properties...
    As many as 2-dozen monks are thought to have been housed on site at its most popular period, but come the Reformation, the Priory was closed...
    Today it is a total ruin & what remains of it is really a not very interesting remnant of weatherd stonework, so will probably be a disappointment to the general tourist...
    For archeology/ecclesiastical ruin enthusiasts, there remains much of interest, & the site is also bellieved to be haunted!

    Unique Suggestions: By all means stroll out to the site if you're in the town centre & have some spare time...
    Thetford Priory is a ruin that has seen better days...

    Fun Alternatives: Thetford Warren Lodge on the outskirts of the town, has survived about 6 centuries, still with all 4 walls intact, & only the roof missing - it's so much more interesting than the collapsed Priory...
    It was originally built in order to protect gamekeepers & hunting parties from armed poachers, then used by the local warreners, as a lodge, for their work farming rabbits...
    Thetford Warren Lodge is about a mile outside the town centre, (just left, off the main road to Brandon), & can be reached by footpath from the town, & is much more worth the extra walk, in order to see...

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Archeology

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