Aerial photographs detail Thetford’s rapid expansion as Londoners move to Norfolk during the 1960s

An aerial picture of Thetford taken on September, 14 1963. Picture: Archant Library

An aerial picture of Thetford taken on September, 14 1963. Picture: Archant Library

It remains one of the biggest single expansion projects in Norfolk's history and saw thousands of Londoners move to Thetford.

This picture taken on August 5 1967, shows the housing boom in Thetford. Picture: Archant Library

This picture taken on August 5 1967, shows the housing boom in Thetford. Picture: Archant Library

These aerial photographs of the town taken during the 1960s show the housing developments being built to take the increasing population.

Thetford aerial view of housing being built taken on April 30 1969. Picture: Archant Library

Thetford aerial view of housing being built taken on April 30 1969. Picture: Archant Library


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In 1953 Thetford Borough Council approached London County Council to become part of the scheme to have people from London moved to the town which had a dwindling population because people left to find work.

An up-tp-date aerial photograph of Thetford. Picture: Mike Page

An up-tp-date aerial photograph of Thetford. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Archant

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Construction began on new housing estates in 1957 and 5,000 Londoners moved the near 100 miles to Norfolk.

During the 1960s thousands more families arrived from the capital and the building of housing continued.

Construction on the Abbey estate began in 1967 with 1,000 houses and open spaces for people to enjoy.

Developments continued in the 1970s and by the late 1980s the population of Thetford was around 21,000.

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