Green space on a river island that is Butten Island, situated in the Little Ouse River in Thetford is set to be named in honor of its links with the first recorded Sikh to settle in Britain. It is the largest river Island in Thetford.
Further, at a Breckland cabinet meeting on Monday morning, the council’s Conservative deputy leader Paul Claussen said, “Thetford has a close and highly significant connection to Duleep Singh.” “His second son Frederick was one of Thetford’s most prominent benefactors, giving the town’s Ancient House as well as his personal collections.
So, in the meeting the Breckland cabinet approved that Butten Island in Thetford will be renamed as The Park of Maharaja Ranjit and Duleep Singh.
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According to the Independent councillor Roy Brame, the town’s Sikh community supported the name change. “They believe that this is a merger between the Sikh cultures, our cultures. We have an ideal position in Butten Island, where two rivers meet,” he said.
However, Duleep Singh, the last Maharajah of the Punjab, was the first Sikh to settle in Britain, in 1854.
From 1861, he lived at Elveden Hall, near Thetford, and today a statue of him stands on a large plinth on the island, which is accessible by bridge from both riverbanks.
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