Thetford Life

Farming to factories (1940s-1988)

George recalls his working life on the land, in the Home Guard and factory work. Farming as a boy I was born in West Wretham, near Thetford and lived there at Hall’s Yard. I was the youngest of five, two brothers and two sisters. My oldest brother was a gardener and left when he got […]

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Royal Observer Corps and work on the bases (1940s-2012)

Mark recalls life as a civilian worker on a US airforce base during World War II, and later working on the land before entering the building trade. Early life I was born at Roudham, in one of the wartime brick bungalows near the First World War aerodrome. Mum and Dad took the bungalow when they […]

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Wartime Thetford (1940-1950)

John recalls his childhood during the Second World War in Thetford.   Guns and soldiers in Thetford I was born in 1940 and I can remember standing on the corner of the Bell Hotel in White Hart Street, in June 1944, watching tanks, soldiers and vehicles coming down the street heading towards London. They made me […]

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