East Raynham


"RAYNHAM (EAST,) [sic] or Raynham St. Mary, a small village on the Swaffham road, 4 miles S.W. by S. of Fakenham, has in its parish 23 houses, 128 inhabitants, and 1,635 acres of land, including 212a. of wood, which, with 550a. of lawn and about 25a. of water, form the extensive and beautiful park of RAYNHAM HALL, the seat of Captain John Townshend, R.N. and M.P. for Tamworth. This splendid mansion was built near the site of an ancient moated Hall, in 1630, by Sir Roger Townshend, Bart., under the direction of the celebrated architect, Inigo Jones . . . . [The] rectory, valued in the King's book at £13 6s. 8d., and consolidated with West Raynham, [is] enjoyed by the Rev. Rd. Phayre, B.A. The Church, dedicated to St. Mary, has a square tower, and one bell." [Francis White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]


It is also called East Rainham and Raynham St Mary.
See also South Raynham and West Raynham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Toftrees, 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 St Mary.

Church Records

East Raynham Marriages 1601-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 11.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Historical Geography

East Raynham is in Gallow Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law