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Things to do: zoos & aquariums
Banham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is about 7 miles (11 km) north of Diss, 12 miles (19 km) east of Thetford and 20 miles (32 km) south west of Norwich. It is home to Banham Zoo, a privately owned attraction that has been open for more than 40 years and now has over two thousand animals.The civil parish has an area of 16.17 km2 and in the 2001 census had a population of 1,443 in 573 households. For purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.The village was the birthplace on 17 April 1795 of the schoolteacher, writer, poet and hymn writer Emily Taylor.SchoolsAcorn Park School is a registered children's home and school for children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders and is part of the Acorn Care and Education Group.Banham Marshalls College, an independent school in the village, was subject to Norfolk's biggest ever child cruelty investigation along with another school in Banham which was known as The Old Rectory School.As a result of the investigation into the schools, which were schools for children with special needs that 'specialised' in Emotional and Behaviourial Disorders, the proprietor of each and former head teacher, George Robson, received a two-year suspended prison sentence. George Robson died the day following his sentencing.
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