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