Record Details

NHER Number:12639
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Little Rackheath Church


Documentary sources mention that the medieval church of Little Rackheath had decayed by the 16th century. It is thought to be located somewhere near to this spot, although there is much debate as to its exact whereabouts.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2772 1332
Map Sheet:TG21SE

Full description

Site of Little Rackheath Church, mentioned as decayed in the 16th century.
(S1) says the site was in 'Chapel Field, by Round Hill, halfway up the Salhouse Road from Norwich'.
The last sentence seems to be based on a confusion with Round Hill Plantation by White House Farm in Sprowston.
Informant says that on the tithe map (S2) Chapel Close is by Round Hill in Rackheath (still marked on (S3)) and at grid reference is a piece of glebe (plot 30a) exchanged in 1855, which should be the site of the church.
See letter (S4) in file.
This glebe may be the origin of (S5)'s incorrect statement that there was a priory at Rackheath valued at 41/3d in 1428.
Appropriate section from reference (S6) in file.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1905. Hundred of Taverham. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol XV. pp 117-121.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Serial: Bryant, T. H.. 1898-1915. The Churches of Norfolk. Vols 1-19. Vols 1-19..
<S2>Map: Manning, J.. 1834. Rackheath Tithe Map. No scale.
<S3>Map: Ordnance Survey, First Edition, 6 Inch. 1879-1886. Ordnance Survey 1st Edition 6 inch map..
<S4>Correspondence: Barringer, J. C.. 1977. Ref Rackheath Chapel. 20 July.
<S5>Publication: Evans, J. and Britton, J. 1810. The Beauties of England and Wales: or Delineations, Topographical, Historical and Descriptive of each County. Vol 11.
<S6>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 206; p 54.

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31541Parent of: Medieval burials probably from the churchyard of Rackheath Parva church (Monument)

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