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Thetford Market Place

Thetford Market Place is the area of land in front of the Guildhall in the centre of town, and is owned by Thetford Town Council.

The land is hard-surfaced, and a market is held there on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year. The rest of the time is is used as a car park. For further details see:

Land Ownership Dispute

The Market place was subject to an ownership dispute between 2011 and 2016. Historically the market place had been controlled by the Borough Council. When this was abolished in 1974, most assets were transferred to Breckland District Council, but some remained with the Town Council. The dispute centred on what had happened to the Market Place. The Town Council had been running markets and maintaining the market place for some time, but more discovered that the land ownership was unregistered. A registration for the title was accepted by the Land Registry in 2011 without any objections being received. Subsequently, Breckland District Council objected, claiming it was the rightful owner of the Market Place. Discussions between the two councils continued for some years and looked to be heading for a Tribunal hearing in 2016. Breckland council then unexpectedly withdrew their claim, meaning that the Town Council's registration of ownership stands.