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"RACKHEATH, a parish and scattered village, 4½ miles N.E. by N. of Norwich, on the Worstead road, has 276 inhabitants, and 1980A. of light, loamy land, with a sub-stratum of chalk. It was anciently in two parishes, called Great and Little Rackheath; but the church, in the latter division, was taken down several centuries ago, and its site is now unknown. The remaining CHURCH, (All Saints,) is a small structure, standing alone in the fields, and is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d., but now has 26 acres of glebe, and a yearly rent of £450, awarded in 1837, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. George Stracey is the incumbent; and the patronage is in Sir Edward H.J. Stracey, Bart., the owner of the soil, and lord of the manor, who resides at the Hall, a modern mansion of white brick, standing on an eminence, in a richly wooded park." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Cemeteries

Church of All Saints
Transcriptions and photographs of gravestones in the churchyard.
Not all gravestones may be included, even when a site is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be photographed.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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Census

  • 1811: Heads of households, and numbers of males and females.
  • 1815: Heads of households, and numbers of males and females.
  • 1821: Heads of households, and numbers of males and females.
  • 1861
  • 1871
  • 1891: Surname List

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Taverham, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. It was built in 1959.
  • The church of All Saints is now redundant.
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Church History

Church of the Holy Trinity
Services, etc.
Church of the Holy Trinity
Services, etc.
 
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
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Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.; and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Rackheath Parish Registers 1645-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, The Parish Registers of Norfolk Monograph Series, 1984]
Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Rackheath was in St Faith's Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Rackheath Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Rackheath which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Rackheath is in Taverham Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Taverham Hundred
Description of Taverham Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Rackheath has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

Watts, W.P.S.
History of the Parish of Rackheath, 1066-1997.
[Salhouse, 1997]
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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG281138 (Lat/Lon: 52.6743, 1.372261), Rackheath which are provided by:

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Military Records

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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Population

These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
18012238189
18112541246
18212947260
18312955262
184153--276
185153--281
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186159--271
18716269279
18816464302
18916669324
19016262298
1911--62271

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1861 Census
"ST. FAITHS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the District of St. Faiths is attributed to the migration of labourers and their families to the manufacturing districts."