Stanford, Norfolk

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All Saints, Stanford
Stanford is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area13.62 km2 (5.26 sq mi)
Population8 (2001 census)
• Density1/km2 (2.6/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTL 853 946
• London91.9 miles (147.9 km)
Civil parish
  • Stanford CP
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtIP24
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°31′07″N 0°43′48″E / 52.51848°N 0.7299°E / 52.51848; 0.7299Coordinates: 52°31′07″N 0°43′48″E / 52.51848°N 0.7299°E / 52.51848; 0.7299

Stanford is a deserted village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated some 7+12 miles (12 km) north of the town of Thetford and 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the city of Norwich.[1]

The villages name means 'stony ford'.

The village became deserted when it was taken over by the British Army during the Second World War as part of the Stanford Battle Area, an infantry training area that is still in use. The village and most of the parish are within a prohibited area and access is not allowed without special permission from the Army.[2]

The parish church of All Saints, like the other surviving churches within the training area, is fitted with blast-proof sheeting to protect the structure, and wire fencing surrounds the church and churchyard to protect from military manoeuvres.[citation needed]

The civil parish has an area of 5.26 sq mi (13.6 km2) and in the 2001 census had a population of 8 in 4 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.[3] At the 2011 Census the population remained less than 100 and was included in the civil parish of Croxton.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 229 - Thetford in the Brecks. ISBN 0-319-21861-9.
  2. ^ (1998-2006). Ghost Towns/Deserted Villages of Great Britain. Retrieved 17 February 2006.
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2 December 2005.

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