Thorpe was mentioned in the Doomsday Book as ‘Torpe’, so we can see that the name has changed little in 900 years. Great Fosters, now a hotel stands on the site of a Tudor Hunting Lodge which was constructed by a courtier of Elizabeth I. Thorpe is also home of the distinctly modern Thorpe Park, a famous theme park which attracts over a million visitors a year. Suffice to say children and adults alike love it! The owners of Thorpe Park have set a good example to other businesses in the borough by landscaping and tending the roundabout outside the main entrance to Thorpe Park and the Company has established a good rapport within the Borough.
Thorpe Place, currently the home of the American School in Switzerland (TASIS), was for many years the home of the Lord of the Manor. The core of the current building dates from 1801, but earlier manor houses had stood in the grounds since at least the 12th century, and the existing barn and stable complex date back to 1650.
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With the majority of its primary schools rated as ‘Good’ and one rated ‘Outstanding’ Thorpe offers plenty of choices when it comes to choosing a primary school for your child.