Thurton is a village in South Norfolk lying 8½ miles (13½ km) south-east of Norwich between Framingham Pigot and Loddon. The A146 effectively divides the village in two.
Thurton is written 'Tortuna' in the Domesday Book. The suffix is the Anglo-Saxon 'tun', meaning an enclosed space. The prefix may refer to a thorn bush, or perhaps to the Anglo-Saxon god Thunor, whom the Normans called Thur. So Thurton may mean 'the place of the thorn bush' or 'Thor's enclosure'.
The village no longer has a shop, post office or garage, all having closed. But does still have a pub, whichI provides the focus for the village's annual St George's Day celebrations and is often host to local bands. Opposite the pub is Thurton Foundry which was founded in 1963 and produces ferrous and non-ferrous castings.
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