All Saints, Stanford
|Area||13.62 km2 (5.26 sq mi)|
|Population||8 (2001 census)|
|• Density||1/km2 (2.6/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||91.9 miles (147.9 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
Stanford is a deserted village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated 7+1⁄2 miles (12 km) north of the town of Thetford and 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the city of Norwich.
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 restricted area and access is not allowed without special permission from the Army.
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.
The civil parish has an area of 5.26 sq mi (13.6 km2) and in the 2001 census had a population of eight in four households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland. At the 2011 census the population remained less than 100 and was included in the civil parish of Croxton.
- Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 229 – Thetford in the Brecks. ISBN 0-319-21861-9.
- "Key to English Place-names: Stanford". University of Nottingham. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
- Rootsweb.com (1998–2006). Ghost Towns/Deserted Villages of Great Britain. Retrieved 17 February 2006.
- Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 11 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
- for Stanford, Norfolk
- All Saints on the European Round Tower Churches website
- Information from Genuki Norfolk on Stanford.
- Information from NorfolkChurches.co.uk on the Stanford Battle Area and its deserted villages and churches.