Established in 2013, the Thorpe History Group aims to increase people's knowledge of the history of Thorpe, to encourage research and to provide opportunities to meet. It does that by putting on talks, guided walks and other events for the public to enjoy. Our activities are advertised on this website and by other means, including a regular newsletter which is available free of charge.

Thorpe St Andrew lies immediately to the east of the City of Norwich and had a population at the census of 2011 of over 14,000. For much of its existence Thorpe was a small riverside village but expanded substantially during the last two hundred years.

During the nineteenth century, as the village developed on both sides of the Yarmouth Road, Thorpe became a popular destination for visitors from Norwich and further afield who came to enjoy events such as the Thorpe Water Frolic and visit the riverside pleasure gardens and public house. The village also became a popular place of residence for wealthy Norwich businessmen who wanted a pleasant place to live with easy access to the city.

There was some local industry including boat building, the extraction of marl and farming but which are now long gone. On the darker side Thorpe was the scene of one of the worst accidents in railway history when two trains collide head-on in September 1874 causing 25 deaths and many injuries.

The twentieth century saw the development of north Thorpe as new houses replaced farms and private estates. Toward the end of the century the Dussindale development to the east of Thorpe brought more housing.

You can find out more about the activities of the Thorpe History Group from this website or by contacting the Secretary Nick Williams "" (this is not a hyperlink - you will need to type in the address).

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Celebrating the history of Thorpe St Andrew
            Entrance gates to Thorpe Lodge c. 1900