THOMAS PAINE, statue

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THOMAS PAINE, statue

A statue of radical republican Thomas Paine stands in Thetford, ironically on King Street. It was erected, amidst some controversy, in 1964. Arguably, Paine is Thetford’s most famous son. He was born there in 1737, dying in New York in 1809. Paine inspired and participated in the American Revolution, was involved in the French Revolution and convicted of seditious libel in Britain. In the US, he is celebrated as one of the founding fathers. His statue shows him holding a quill (symbolic of the pen being mightier than the sword?) and a copy of one of his most famous works, The Rights of Man.

Post code is approximate.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
King Street
Thetford
County
Norfolk
Post Code
IP24 2AZ
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Tip/Nearby
Ancient House Museum, Dad's Army Museum, Thetford Priory
Primary Management
Local Authority

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