Stanford, Norfolk


All Saints, Stanford
 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 referenceTL 853 946
    London  91.9 miles (147.9 km) 
Civil parishStanford CP
Shire countyNorfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town THETFORD
Postcode district IP24
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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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 maneuvers.

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] At the 2011 Census the population remained less than 100 and was included in the civil parish of Croxton.


  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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