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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]



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



  • 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


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.

Church History

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

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]
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


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.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Rackheath Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.

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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.



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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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
Families Population
1801 22 38 189
1811 25 41 246
1821 29 47 260
1831 29 55 262
1841 53 -- 276
1851 53 -- 281
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 59 -- 271
1871 62 69 279
1881 64 64 302
1891 66 69 324
1901 62 62 298
1911 -- 62 271

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."