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Sturston, Norfolk

Coordinates: 52°30′09″N 0°46′06″E / 52.50248°N 0.76839°E / 52.50248; 0.76839

Area  7.81 km2 (3.02 sq mi)
Population 0 (2001 Census)
    - Density  0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TL880930
District Breckland
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament South West Norfolk
List of places

Sturston is a deserted village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated some 10 km north of the town of Thetford and 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 civil parish has an area of 7.81 km² and in the 2001 census had no inhabitants. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.[3]


  • ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 229 - Thetford in the Brecks. ISBN 0-319-21861-9.
  • Ghost Towns/Deserted Villages of Great Britain. Retrieved February 17, 2006.
  • Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.

External links

  • Information from Genuki Norfolk on Sturston.
  • Information from on the Stanford Battle Area and its deserted villages and churches.

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