- Thorpe St Andrew
Thorpe is in the Domesday Book, in which it is spelt ‘Torp’, which is a Scandinavian word meaning village. It is thought that the Danes were in East Anglia as early as 870 AD and in 1004 Sweyn and his ships came up the river to Norwich.
There is also evidence that Thorpe was occupied by the Romans with the discovery of various remains. The earliest references found that relate to the parish are under the names of ‘Thorpe Episcopi’ and ‘Thorpe-next-Norwich’. In later years it has been known as ‘Thorpe St Andrew’.
In years gone by the river spread over much of Thorpe's neighbouring marshes and was not confined between banks as it is today. There were woods that stretched to the city, replaced today by housing.
Thorpe has around 13,000 residents with roughly 6,000 dwellings in an area measuring some 705 hectares. The Dussingdale estate has attracted many families to Thorpe and the facilities and organisations in the area reflect this.
There are some 14 schools and playgroups and it is home to the 15th Norwich Air Scouts, Norwich Beavers and Cubs, Brownies and Guides and the 1st Thorpe St Andrew Rangers and Norwich Venturers, to name but a few.
There are also numerous leisure facilities, groups and organisations including the County Arts Club on Plumstead Road, Thorpe Kite Flyers, Starlight Express Majorettes and the Oasis Sports and Leisure Centre on Pound Lane. Religious groups of many denominations meet regularly all over Thorpe.
With picturesque river banks, excellent amenities and sought after properties, Thorpe St Andrew is one of Norwich’s most desirable suburbs