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Thursford is the home of the Thursford Collection, which is an assortment of steam engines and organs housed in a museum. The collection was founded by George Cushing and what began as a hobby turned into one of the world's most important steam and fairground museums. The collection includes a Mighty Wurlitzer which is the fourth-largest in Europe and has a total of 1,339 pipes. There is also a 2 ft narrow gauge railway and a 19th-century gondola merry-go-round which was built in the Norfolk factory of Frederick Savage. The merry-go-round is decorated with carved heads depicting Queen Victoria and her family, including the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. The collection and museum is also famous for its popular summer and winter shows. The annual Christmas "Spectaculars" attract coachloads of devotees from around the country and must be booked months in advance.

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  1. , OS Explorer Map 24 Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0 319 21726 4
  2. , Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East, by Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson ISBN 0-300-09607-0

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