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A Breckland Village

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Thompson Today

A thatch cottage Today, Thompson, is a widespread village, with about 150 dwellings.  One dwelling has 14th century origins and the remainder range from 17th century thatched cottages to large modern brick houses.

In addition to The Chequers Inn, Thompson has it's own Post Office, a thriving primary school, a much used village hall, a Millennium Green and a Red Telephone Box

Thompson is part of the Wayland Group of Parishes and has an active Parish Council, a Parish Church Committee and a local WI group.

A Little History

St Martins Church Thompson is a very ancient village whose name suggests Danish and Saxon origins.  It is mentioned in the Domesday Book and has a very varied history. 
From 1350 until Dissolution in 1541 it had a very successful Collegiate Church, endowed by John and Thomas de Shardelowe, and served by six brethren who lived in the nearby College.  Today parts of that residence form part of College Farm.

Autumn's Work
Church in Flower The Church is dedicated to St Martin and parts date from the 14th century.  We are fortunate to have parish registers which date from 1538 with very few gaps. 
From 1541 onwards the manors of Thompson changed hands regularly and names such as Futter, Barker, Colman, Tooke, and de Grey feature throughout its history.  Enclosure took place in 1817 under William Tooke Harwood.
Mill Road Crossroads 1905

This is Mill Road around 1905, although at one time it was called Shop Road for a while before reverting back to Mill Road.

The mill was damaged in a gale in 1895 but milling was already in decline in Thompson by then. The miller, John Watt, carried on with a steam engine as it had been powered by both this and wind previously. It was never repaired and was demolished in 1913. Click here for more information on this and other Norfolk mills.

The Mill at Thompson
Thompson School 1905 Thompson School about 1905, photographed from School Road.
There are a number of old thatched properties in Thompson, one of which is the Chequers Inn.  It has been an inn continuously for at least 300 years.

Do you think you may have ancestral links to Thompson?  We have a local historian who would be delighted to help you discover your Thompson Family History.  Bronwen Tyler can be contacted on 01953 483741 or by Email.

The Wayland Partnership are also seeking people who are willing to be recorded sharing their oral history and memories for the new Heritage Project 'Capturing the History of Wayland'.  So if you have taken part in something unusual or newsworthy or you have an elderly relative who would like to recount their story of times gone by, do contact Bronwen.