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2000 Years in one amazing visit
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Viking Age

In its heyday, Thetford was the Saxon capital of East Anglia. King Sweyn casually destroyed Thetford before becoming King of England in 1013

In the 10th century Thetford even had its own mint with its coins being found as far afield as Scandinavia

Overview

During this period Thetford suffered a number of Viking raids, but later developed into a thriving town, with a focus on pottery production and other craftworking, and was considered to be the capital of East Anglia.

People

King Edmund
In the ninth and tenth centuries Thetford was attacked by the Vikings several times. The town was within the area of the Danelaw, the parts of England under Viking rule, which included much of the east coast of England. The Anglo Saxon Chronicle is a key source for our knowledge of events in Thetford during this period.
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Places

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Key dates
  • 869
  • 1004
  • 1010
  • 1013
  • 1014
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