Thorpe St Andrew

Last updated

Thorpe St Andrew
Thorpe St Andrew Church - geograph.org.uk - 171329.jpg
The church of St. Andrew, at Thorpe St Andrew Church. In front of the Victorian building are the ruins of the medieval church destroyed by fire in the nineteenth century
Norfolk UK location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Thorpe St Andrew
Location within Norfolk
Area7.05 km2 (2.72 sq mi)
Population14,556 (2011 census) [1]
  Density 2,065/km2 (5,350/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG263094
Civil parish
  • Thorpe St Andrew
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR7
Dialling code 01603
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk
52°38′08″N1°20′35″E / 52.63545°N 1.3431°E / 52.63545; 1.3431 Coordinates: 52°38′08″N1°20′35″E / 52.63545°N 1.3431°E / 52.63545; 1.3431
View of Thorpe in 1851 ECR(1851) p46 - Thorpe.jpg
View of Thorpe in 1851

Thorpe St Andrew is a small town and suburb of Norwich in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated about two miles east of the city centre, outside the city boundary in the district of Broadland. It constitutes a civil parish covering an area of 705 ha (1,740 acres) which had a population of 13,762 according to the 2001 census, [2] increasing to 14,556 at the 2011 Census. It is also the administrative headquarters of the Broadland district council.

Contents

History

Thorpe is in the Domesday Book, in which it is spelt ‘Torp’, which is a Scandinavian word meaning village (see Thorp). It is thought that the Danes were in East Anglia as early as 870 AD and in 1004 Sweyn and his ships came up the river to Norwich.

There is also evidence that Thorpe was occupied by the Romans with the discovery of various remains. The earliest references found that relate to the parish are under the names of ‘Thorpe Episcopi’ and ‘Thorpe-next-Norwich’. In later years, it has been known as ‘Thorpe St Andrew’. The Norfolk County Asylum was established in the village in May 1814. [3]

East Anglia's worst rail crash happened at Thorpe St Andrew in 1874, killing 25 people and injuring 75. [4]

Parts of the original village can still be seen along the Yarmouth Road leading out of Norwich. Features here include St Andrews parish church, the former parish infants school, the Rivergarden public house and the multi-gabled Buck public house.

Facilities

There are numerous leisure facilities, groups and organisations including the County Arts indoor and outdoor bowling club on Plumstead Road, Thorpe Kite Flyers, Starlight Express Majorettes and the Oasis Sports and Leisure Centre on Pound Lane. The Yare Boat Club is situated on Thorpe Island, opposite the Rivergarden, and offers rowing on the River Yare. Religious groups of many denominations meet regularly all over Thorpe.

The local high school is Thorpe St Andrew High School; it was established in its present form in 1977, with what are now the North and South sites of the high school being separate secondary modern and grammar schools respectively from their initial opening in the late 50s/early 60s.[ citation needed ] The high school is fed by several small primary schools from the local villages along with 3 large primary schools within Thorpe St Andrew. These schools are Dussindale, St Williams and Hillside.

In recent years, Thorpe St Andrew has expanded eastwards in the shape of the Dussindale housing development, which includes Dussindale Primary School, which opened in 2007 and Broadland business park.

Thorpe St Andrew is also the home the radio station 99.9 Radio Norwich. The studios are based near Thorpe River Green and the station started broadcasting on 29 June 2006.

Adat Yeshua Messianic Synagogue meets regularly at Roxley Hall on the Yarmouth Rd in Thorpe St Andrew. Information is available on the website www.adatyeshua.co.uk

Thorpe lies on the River Yare which is part of the Norfolk Broads network of navigable rivers. Thorpe Green is on the main Yarmouth Road and gives access to the river with the opposite bank being an island after the creation of the new cut which allowed vessels to make their way to and from the city of Norwich without traversing the village via two low bridges that carry the railway to Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Cromer and Sheringham. Once the location of thriving boat yards, Thorpe Island now offers mooring for mainly liveaboard vessels.

The only operating boat yards in Thorpe are now towards the east of the village where there are two hire boat operators as well as private facilities and boat building operations.

The village offers a number of pubs, some riverside at Thorpe Green, cafe, barbers, restaurants and takeaways, convenience stores, butchers, post office, a couple of beauty salons, fish & chip shop and a Sainsbury's supermarket at the foot of the Dussindale development.

A commemorative World War One plaque stands at the River Green war memorial site. It was unveiled on 4 August 2014 by two local schoolchildren, Harry and Aimee Fuller who attended Hillside Avenue Primary School. [5] These to children are the son and daughter of the caretaker at hillside.

Roads

Thorpe St Andrew is bisected by two major roads running from East to West: the A1042 and A1242. The A1242 or Yarmouth Road is part of the old Norwich to Great Yarmouth road.

Notable people

Notes

  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 11 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine . Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  3. "St Andrew's Hospital, Thorpe". County Asylums. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. Rolt, L. T. C., (1986) Red for Danger, 4th edition, Pan Books, with new material by Geoffrey Kichenside. ISBN   0-330-29189-0
  5. "Council News". Thorpe St Andrew.
  6. ‘MORSE, Sir George Henry’, in Who Was Who (London: A. & C. Black); online edition by Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 30 March 2014 (subscription site)
  7. "Talking Norwich". University of East Anglia. Retrieved 30 January 2020.

Related Research Articles

Norfolk County of England

Norfolk is a county in East Anglia in England. It borders Lincolnshire to the northwest, Cambridgeshire to the west and southwest, and Suffolk to the south. Its northern and eastern boundaries are the North Sea and to the northwest, The Wash. The county town is the city of Norwich. With an area of 2,074 square miles (5,370 km2) and a population of 859,400, Norfolk is a largely rural county with a population density of 401 per square mile. Of the county's population, 40% live in four major built up areas: Norwich (213,000), Great Yarmouth (63,000), King's Lynn (46,000) and Thetford (25,000).

East Anglia Region of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

East Anglia is a geographical area in the East of England. The area included has varied but the legally defined NUTS 2 statistical unit comprises the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, including the City of Peterborough unitary authority area. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the East Angles, a tribe whose name originated in Anglia, in what is now northern Germany.

The Broads network of rivers and lakes in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk

The Broads is a network of mostly navigable rivers and lakes in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. The lakes, known as broads, were formed by the flooding of peat workings. The Broads, and some surrounding land, were constituted as a special area with a level of protection similar to a national park by the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988. The Broads Authority, a special statutory authority responsible for managing the area, became operational in 1989.

Wroxham Human settlement in England

Wroxham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The civil parish of Wroxham has an area of 6.21 square kilometres and in 2001 had a population of 1532 in 666 households, reducing to a population of 1,502 in 653 households at the 2011 Census. The village is situated within the Norfolk Broads on the south side of a loop in the middle reaches of the River Bure. It lies in an elevated position above the Bure, between Belaugh Broad to the west and Wroxham Broad to the east or south east. Wroxham is some eight miles north-east of Norwich, to which it is linked by the A1151 road. The village and broad lie in an area of fairly intensive agriculture, with areas of wet woodland adjoining the broad and river. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Broadland although the river, broad and their immediate environs fall within the executive area of the Broads Authority. On the northern side of the Bure is the village of Hoveton, often confused with Wroxham.

Horning Human settlement in England

Horning is an ancient village and parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 11 km2 and had a population of 1,033 in the 2001 census. Horning parish lies on the northern bank of the River Bure south of the River Thurne and is located in The Broads National Park. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of North Norfolk, although areas alongside the rivers and broads fall into the executive area of the Broads Authority.

Reedham, Norfolk Human settlement in England

Reedham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk and within The Broads. It is on the north bank of the River Yare, some 12 miles (19 km) east of the city of Norwich, 7.5 mi (12.1 km) south-west of the town of Great Yarmouth and the same distance north-west of the Suffolk town of Lowestoft.

Strumpshaw Human settlement in England

Strumpshaw is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is located on the northern bank of the River Yare around 6 miles (9.7 km) south-east of Norwich. The parish covers an area of 11.69 km2 (4.51 sq mi) and had a population of 602 in 245 households at the 2001 census, increasing to a population of 634 in 261 households at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Broadland.

Acle Human settlement in England

Acle is a small market town on the River Bure on the Norfolk Broads in Norfolk, located halfway between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. It has the only bridge across the River Bure between Wroxham and Great Yarmouth. There is a high school in the town.

Cantley, Norfolk Village in England

Cantley is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Cantley, Limpenhoe and Southwood, in the English county of Norfolk. Cantley is within the Broads Special Protection Area. The village lies on the north bank of the River Yare, some 17 km east of the city of Norwich, 15 km south-west of the town of Great Yarmouth and the same distance north-west of the Suffolk town of Lowestoft.

A47 road road in England linking Birmingham to Lowestoft, Suffolk

The A47 is a trunk road in England linking Birmingham to Lowestoft, Suffolk. Most of the section between Birmingham and Nuneaton is now classified as the B4114.

Norwich North (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1950 onwards

Norwich North is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2009 by Chloe Smith, a Conservative.

Norwich railway station Railway station in Norwich, England

Norwich railway station is the eastern terminus of the Great Eastern Main Line in the East of England, serving the city of Norwich, Norfolk. It is 114 miles 77 chains (185.0 km) down the main line from London Liverpool Street, the western terminus.

Brundall Human settlement in England

Brundall is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is located on the north bank of the River Yare opposite Surlingham Broad and about 7 miles (11 km) east of the city of Norwich.

Thurlton Human settlement in England

The village should not be confused with Thurton which is 6 miles to the west.

Felmingham Human settlement in England

Felmingham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 7.68 km2 (2.97 sq mi) and had a population of 564 in 218 households as of the 2001 census, reducing slightly to 561 at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of North Norfolk.

A140 road road

The A140 is an 'A-class' road in Norfolk and Suffolk, East Anglia, England partly following the route of the Roman Pye Road. It runs from the A14 near Needham Market to the A149 south of Cromer. It is of primary status for the entirety of its route. It is approximately 56 miles (90 km) in length.

A146 road An A road in East Anglia, England

The A146 is an A road that connects Norwich in Norfolk and Lowestoft in Suffolk, two of East Anglia's largest population centres. It is around 27 miles (43 km) in length and has primary classification along its entire route. It is mainly single carriageway throughout its route, with the exception of a section of dual carriageway on the southern edge of Norwich.

2009 Norfolk County Council election election for Norfolk County council election, England

The Norfolk County Council election took place on 4 June 2009, coinciding with local elections for all county councils in England.