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.
There are many schools and playgroups catering for all age groups, including a sixth form at Thorpe St Andrew High School. There are a number of religious groups of differing denominations that meet regularly, and Thorpe St Andrew is also the home of the radio station Radio Norwich 99.9fm.
There are numerous leisure facilities, groups and organisations in Thorpe St Andrew including the County Arts Club on Plumstead Road, Thorpe Kite Flyers, Starlight Express Majorettes and the Oasis Sports and Leisure Centre on Pound Lane.
With picturesque riverbanks, excellent amenities and facilities, and sought-after schools and properties, Thorpe St Andrew is one of Norwich’s most desirable suburbs.