West Raynham


"RAYNHAM (WEST), 4½ miles S.W. of Fakenham, is a village and parish, comprising 391 inhabitants, 79 houses, and 1,354a. 1r. 2p. of land, the property of Capt. John Townshend, R.N., the lord of the manor, and patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's book at £18 13s. 4d., and consolidated with East Raynham, in the incumbency of the Rev. Rd. Phayre, B.A., who has 152a. 2r. 23p. of glebe, and a good residence. The Church, dedicated to St. Margaret, has long been dilapidated, but is still an interesting ruin, mantled with ivy. The inhabitants use St. Mary's Church, at East Raynham. The commons of Raynham and Helhoughton were enclosed in 1821." [Francis White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]


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

Church Records

West Raynham Marriages 1538-1764
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 11.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Historical Geography

West 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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Land & Property



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Poor Houses, Poor Law