In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Thompson like this:
THOMPSON, a parish in Wayland district, Norfolk; 2½ miles SSE of Watton r. station. Post town, Watton, under Thetford. Acres, 2,890. Real property, £2,694. Pop., 475. Houses, 96. The property is divided among three. A chantry was established here in the time of Edward I., and was converted into a college, now commemorated in the name of College farm. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £49. Patrons, the Trustees of H. D. Hemsworth, Esq. The church is old but good.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Thompson has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Breckland. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Thompson and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Thompson, in Breckland and Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd December 2014
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