Stanford, Norfolk

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All Saints, Stanford
Stanford is located in Norfolk
 Stanford shown within Norfolk
Area  13.62 km2 (5.26 sq mi)
Population 8 (2001 census)
   – density  1/km2 (2.6/sq mi)
OS grid reference TL 853 946
   – London  91.9 miles (147.9 km) 
Civil parish Stanford CP
District Breckland
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town THETFORD
Postcode district IP24
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Coordinates: 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 7.5 miles (12.1 km) north of the town of Thetford and 25 miles (40 km) south-west of the city of Norwich.[1]

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 today. 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.

The civil parish has an area of 5.26 square miles (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]


  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 February 17, 2006.
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.

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