Santon Downham

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Santon Downham
Santon Downham - Church of St Mary.jpg
Santon Downham, Church of St Mary
Santon Downham is located in Suffolk
Santon Downham
Santon Downham
 Santon Downham shown within Suffolk
Population 240 [1]
District Forest Heath
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Brandon
Postcode district IP27
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Coordinates: 52°27′24″N 0°40′04″E / 52.456611°N 0.667891°E / 52.456611; 0.667891

Santon Downham is a village and civil parish in the Forest Heath district of Suffolk in eastern England. In 2005 it had a population of 240.[1] The village is located within Thetford Forest on a meander of the River Little Ouse on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

The village was the administrative centre for HM Forestry Commission for many years following the planting of ten of thousands of trees in the Breckland area to form the Thetford Forest. The District office and staff were housed in 1960s office building close to the site of the now demolished Santon Downham Hall. The Hall garden formed the base for the nursery department of the district. The HM Forestry Commission Repair depot was built close by in an award winning design building, next to which stood the HMFC fire station. A Bedford 'green goddess fire tender and a water tanker were kept in the fire station due to the high fire risk in the area.

The bridge over the River Little Ouse appeared in an episode of Dad's Army when Captain Mainwaring and his troops attempted to demolish the bridge.


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