"RICKINGHALL-INFERIOR, a parish in the hundred of Blackbourn, county Suffolk, 7 miles S.W. of Diss, 5 W. of Mellis railway station, and a quarter of a mile S.W. of Botesdale, its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is wholly agricultural. The road from Bury St. Edmund's to Norwich runs through the village. The tithes of the two parishes, Inferior and Superior, have been commuted for a rent-charge of 1,040; and the glebe contains 24 acres. The living is a rectory* consolidated with that of Rickinghall-Superior, in the diocese of Norwich, joint value 850. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient edifice with a circular tower, the upper part of which is octagonal. The parochial charities produce about 33 per annum. There is a National school. The Baptists and Wesleyans have each a place of worship. G. H. Wilson, Esq., is lord of the manor."

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003



Church History

Descriptions and photographs of churches in the parish may be found in Simon Knott's Suffolk Churches.

Church Records

St Mary's Church website contains an alphabetical index of burials and memorial inscriptions in the churchyard, together with churchyard plans and photographs. These include:
Rickinghall Superior and Inferior baptisms (1949 to 2012)
Rickinghall Superior and Inferior marriages (1980 to 2009)
Rickinghall Inferior memorial inscriptions (1670 to 2008)
Rickinghall Inferior burial index (1921 to 2012)
Rickinghall Superior burial index (1876 to 2008)
Some registers are common to both Rickinghall Inferior and Rickinghall Superior churches, both of which are dedicated to St Mary.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Rickinghall Inferior area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM045755 (Lat/Lon: 52.339400, 1.000493), Rickinghall Inferior which are provided by: