Thomas Paine Hotel was Refurbished in 2012 and updated again in 2013 our boutique Hotel awaits you. We are a privately owned independent hotel employing local staff with local knowledge.
Situated within walking distance of many of the town’s attractions and just 10 minutes from the station, it makes an ideal base for exploring this historical area or for the business traveler needing a good night’s sleep.
There are lots of walks
cycle routes and bridleways in and around Thetford and the surrounding forest. Our hotel offers 8 superb En Suite bedrooms, Franklin's brasserie & bar as well as private dining and conference facilities.
We are also available to hire the whole hotel for your Exclusive-Use, for those important events.
There is free WiFi available throughout the property, and free on site parking.
Drop in for a look around, we are open all day for coffees, lunches, afternoon teas, and evening meals.
Thomas Paine Hotel
was built from 3 18th-century cottages with a Victorian frontage, this elegant hotel is a 5-minute walk from Thetford train station and a 7-minute walk from Thetford town centre.
The 8 refined, individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi, TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, and showers.
Thomas Paine Hotel
Rooms can be booked on a room only, B&B or dinner, B&B basis. Meals prepared from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients are available in the brasserie and bar, plus afternoon tea. The hotel also caters for weddings and events.
Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination.”
Born in Thetford
England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin and he arrived in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), the all-time best-selling American book that advocated colonial America’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and The American Crisis (1776–83), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. Common Sense was so influential that John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”
Paine lived in France
for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution. He wrote the Rights ofMan (1791), in part a defense of the French Revolution against its critics. His attacks on British writer Edmund Burke led to a trial and conviction in absentia in 1792 for the crime of seditious libel. In 1792, despite not being able to speak French, he was elected to the French National Convention. The Girondists regarded him as an ally. Consequently, the Montagnards, especially Robespierre, regarded him as an enemy.
In December 1793
he was arrested and imprisoned in Paris, then released in 1794. Becoming notorious because of The Age of Reason (1793–94), his book that advocates deism, promotes reason and freethinking, and argues against institutionalized religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular. Paine also wrote the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1795), discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. In 1802, he returned to America where he died on June 8, 1809. Only six people attended his funeral as he had been ostracized for his ridicule of Christianity.
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