The area around High Lodge has been lived in and used by people from the Neolithic (about 6000 years ago) right up to the present day.
During the medieval period a rabbit warren was created here by the monks of Ixworth Priory. This remained active until after the agricultural revolution. During the nineteenth century farming became more important than warrening and High Lodge Farm was let to a succession of tenants until the land was bought by the government for timber production under the control of the Forestry Commission, now Forestry England.
Today the plantations of Thetford Forest dominate the landscape, which is managed as a combination of commercial forestry and leisure amenity