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2000 Years in one amazing visit

Age of Reason

Thomas Paine was born in Thetford and was the first champion of the Rights of Man

Overview

There was an attempt to turn Thetford into a fashionable spa for tourists, the common land around Thetford was enclosed and Thomas Paine, the greatest thinker of his age, was born and educated in Thetford.

People

"History is to ascribe the American Revolution to Thomas Paine" – John Adams 1819
"I consider Paine our greatest political thinker" – Thomas Alva Edison 1925

Thomas Paine had a key influence on the American and French Revolutions and a gold statue was erected outside King’s House in 1964 (Bonaparte said that a gold statue of Paine should be erected in every city in the universe).
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Key events

Thetford spa
In 1819 there was an attempt to turn Thetford into a fashionable spa town for tourists, similar to Bath, Cheltenham and Harrogate. The meadows between the Thet and Little..
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© Ancient House Museum, Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service
Key dates
  • 1737
  • 1772
  • 1774
  • 1776
  • 1787
  • 1791
  • 1792
  • 1793
  • 1802
  • 1809
© Ancient House Museum, Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service
© Ancient House Museum, Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service