This section provide a UK geographical representation of places of particular interest to Anglo-Sikh History.

Elvedon Hall

Home of Maharaja Duleep Singh

White Hart Street, Thetford,
Norfolk IP24 1AA

01824 752 599

Maharaja Duleep Singh, born in Punjab, in the year of his father's death in 1839, was bought to England in 1854. He lived his adult life on the Elvedon Hall Estate in Suffolk, where he lived the life of an English country squire. He was recognised as the second best shot in the country.

The Elvedon Hall Estate was modified to a slightly more eastern style under the eye of Duleep Singh. After his death in 1893 the estate was sold to the Earl of Iveagh, and is currently not open to the public. His grave is located in the churchyard in the grounds of the Estate - this is open to public view. Also in the graveyard are the graves of Bamba Muller Dhuleep Singh (his first wife) and Prince Albert Dhuleep Singh (one of their son's).

Their other two sons are buried in Blo' Norton, Thetford, in the graveyard of the church there. In the Blo' Norton woods the ruins of a small building can be seen, which according to local legend was a temple built by Maharaja Duleep Singh.

Some of the artifacts bought from Punjab to England by Duleep Singh and by Sir John Login, his guardian, are located in the museum in Thetford.

Princess Bamba Duleep Singh, the eldest daughter, acquired much of Dhuleep Singh's collection, which was then given to the Lahore Museum in Pakistan in 1957 after her death. Some items were auctioned to pay death duties.

Thetford Ancient House Museum

This magnificent timber framed Tudor merchant's house was built about1490, with an extension added about 1590. The house is jettied and timber-framed, using oak, with wattle and daub in-fill with a fine carved ceiling and fireplace timbers .

Here you can discover Thetford's connection with an Indian Prince, the Maharajah Duleep Singh. The museum, founded by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, the Maharajah's second son, displays a range of original family photographs and items from the family’s collections.

Or you might marvel at the wealth of the Thetford Treasure, a hoard of late Roman jewellery and spoons and one of the area’s most dramatic finds of recent years. The Ancient House Museum displays a selection of replicas of the Treasure made by Peter Shorer, copied from the originals at the British Museum.

And there are displays about about Thetford’s most famous son, Thomas Paine, the remarkable political writer and radical thinkers of the eighteenth century, who played an important role in the American War of Independence.

Source: Norfolk County Council

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