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Walk 2 - Leave the Bell Inn, turn left onto Bridge Street, cross the bridge & turn left passing Captain Mainwaring's statue
Cross the river footbridge taking the right option into the park land ...
72. Statue of Maharajah Duleep Singh
To find a fine statue to the last King of the Punjab Maharaja Duleep Singh who took the throne aged five & was deposed in 1849 coming to England where with a healthy £50,000 pension settled in Suffolk
73. Maharajah Duleep Singh, close up
His legacy & fine collection of art collection was donated to the Ancient House Museum
More on Maharajah Duleep Singh
Continue forward on the footpath through the park with water on your right ...
Norfolk perhaps has almost as many free range Pigs as Turkeys
75. Road Bridges
You'll reach the Ickield Way ...
76. Nuns Bridges Road
77.The Nuns Three Bridges
78. Old Route
Part of the ancient Icknield Way a prehistoric route from South West England to North West Norfolk, the old way has been trampled by Roman Legions, Viking, Normans, medieval pilgrims & WWII Tanks
Turn right & into the car park at the last bridge, cross the foot bridge & return to the road
Turn right back over the bridges, at Ford Road turn right, pass The Dolphin on the left to find Thetford Castle ...
79. The Mound, Thetford Castle from Castle Lane
Once perched on top of the 40' high earth works & Iron Age Fort stood a 11th Century wooden Bailey (Castle) surrounded by a Motte, if you've the energy climb the Mound
Walk round the Motte clock or anti clockwise take the only metalled path ...
80. The Mound, Thetford Castle from Castle Street
81. The Albion on Castle Street from Mound pathway
Turn left to walk towards town ...
82. Castle Street
83. Castle Street
Continue along Castle Street, cross the road into Well Street then right back onto King Street ...
84. Castle Street, Market Place, Magdalen & Well Street junction
At the end of King Street turn right onto Whitehart Road ...
85. Old Whitehart Inn
86. Whitehart Inn plaque
87. The Ancient House Museum, Whitehart Road, Thetford
Turn back toward The Bell Inn at the junction of Whitehart Road, Bridge & King Street turn right toward Minstergate to the Charles Burrell Museum ...
88. Charles Burrell & Sons works
Charles Burrell & Sons built steam traction, agricultural engines, steam trucks & trams. From small beginnings in 1770 they were a major force & key employer in Thetford until the industry decline in 1928. The Museum opened in 1991 & is testament to that past
89. The Charles Burrell Museum
Minstergate, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1BN
Tourist info; 01842 751 975
Continue forward taking the underpass under London Road ...
90. Thetford Priory, overview from the entrance gate
A series of shots of the Medieval Monastic ruins
91 & 92. Bold & weathered remains
Founded in 1103 by Roger Bigod a close associate of William the Conqueror
93. Looking towards Priory Lodgings
The Monastery was affiliated to the Benedictine Abbey in Cluny France
94. Priory Lodgings
Dissolved in 1540 the building were left to decay & subsequent ruin
95. Priory Lodgings
96. Priory Lodgings, central arch
97. Priory Lodgings from right
98. Priory Lodgings, small right arch detail
99. Priory Lodgings, window detail
100 & 101. Priory Lodgings, window detail & Church Arch remains
102. Priory Lodgings, window detail
103. Church remains
104 & 105. Cloister & Church
106. The Bell Inn
Retrace your steps back to the Bell Inn
107. Maybe a stop on the way
Thetford Food Centre where you can purchase an interesting array of foodstuffs ...
|108. Get your tongue round this one||109. Are you stop or go on that|
A bottle of Polish fruit beer & sticking it out from behind a smoked pigs tongue with a final sign from a 'Pike' signals under the canopy of the Bell Hotel
110. Captain Mainwaring & Dad's Army reaction to that sort of cuisine
Additional information Visit Norfolk : Norfolk Tourist Information Centres
Additional photographs by Sandy
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