have found myself in this region of l88 m88, in the region of thetford and not far from, as I understand it, the ancestral Serge manor.
Cant help noticing the locals have a bit of a cockney twang to them, rather than the expected “burr” which is, I believe, the accepted way of describing the local accent anywhere in england outside of a metropolitan centre.
Is this phenomenon due to the large scale relocation of large number of jellied eel loving east londoners to Thetford in the postwar decades, as part of London County Council’s overspill plan?
Driving up here seemed to take ages even on modern fast roads. For the original relocatees it must have been like being moved to the far side of the moon fgs. No wonder they chose to retain their social and economic ties to the metropolis, resulting not only in the survival of a cockney linguistic colony but also to Thetford’s ongoing role as a marketplace and distribution hub for commodities generally sourced in the big bad city. Nerve centre of the county lines.