An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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The lordship of this village seems to have been in the Constables, lords of Melton.
Edith, daughter and coheir to her brother Geff. son of Peter le Constable, recovered the right of patronage of Rackey Parva church, in the 7th of Edward I. and the patronage remained in the family in 1407.
The tenths were 2l. 6s.—Deducted 8s.
The Church of Rackheath Magna, is a rectory dedicated to AllSaints, anciently valued at 7 marks, paid Peter-pence 10d.—Carvage 3d. ob. the present valor is 6l. 13s. 4d. and is discharged.
In 1300, Robert Est, instituted, presented by Sim Est.
1306, Sim. le Doo, by Sim. Est of Swanington.
1322, John de Attlebrigg, by Richard Est, and John Doo.
1349, Thomas de Middleton, by the guardian of Alice, daughter of Roger Este, deceased.
1361, Robert de Stodeye, by Richard Lyons.
Walter, son of Gilbert de Tilney.
1383, Robert de Berneby, by John Christian of Colchester.
1386, Robert Jolyff. Ditto.
1396, Thomas de Bergh Magna, by John Yelverton, and Roger de Martham.
1422, John Cool, by William Clopton and Margery his wife.
1435, James Foliard, by Thomas, son and heir of Robert Yelverton, deceased.
1488, Thomas Reade, by William Yelverton, Esq.
1513, John Chapman, by the Bishop, a lapse.
1532, Nicholas Smithe, by James Helme, Esq. in right of his wife.
1553, John Byster, by the guardian of William Helme, heir of Anne Helme.
1555, John Younge, by John Mynne, guardian of William Helme, a minor.
1562, John Burnham, by the Bishop, a lapse.
1569, Ambr. Palmer, by Thomas Pigeon, guardian of William, heir of William Helme, deceased.
1583, John Greenwood, by William Helme, Gent.
1587, Thomas Mellis, by Katherine, wife of William Helme, Esq. who was beyond sea.
1591, Edward Parris, by Thomas Pettus, citizen and alderman of Norwich.
1629, Henry Narford, by Thomas Pettus, Esq.
1638, John Schambler, S.T.B. Ditto.
David Lentron, rector.
1671, William Ostler, by Sir Thomas Pettus, Bart.
1686, Richard Dix, by Sir John Pettus, Bart.
1711, John Reddington, by Sir Horace Pettus, Bart.
1739, John Freeman, by Sir John Pettus.
In this church was the chapel of St. Mary.—The lights of St. Mary, All-Saints, and St. Thomas, and St. John Baptist's guilds.
The church of Rackheath Parva, was a rectory, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, the ancient valor was 5 marks, carvage 3d. This has been consolidated long since to the church of All-Saints Rackheath Magna.
In the 9th of Richard I. Roger de Gisnei, impleaded William de Repham for the right of the advowson of the church of Rackey, and in the 5th of King John, an assise was brought to show if Walter de Evermow had disseised Roger de Gisney of lands here.
In the 7th year of Edward I. Edith, daughter of Peter le Constable, lord of Melton in Norfolk, sister and coheir of Jeffrey le Constable, recovered the presentation of the church of the Holy Trinity of Rackey Parva, against William, son of Alexander de Refham; this Edith was then the wife of Sir Thomas Astley, and held the lordship of Rackeath Parva.
In 1300, John de Middleton, instituted, presented by the Bishop, a lapse.
1305, Richard de Hedersete, by Steph. de Astle.
1316, William de Runton. Ditto.
1324, Richard Pycot, by Thomas de Astle.
1326, Miles de Disce, by Thomas de Astele.
1329, Sim. Mutin. Ditto.
1329, John Goodrich, by Thomas de Astele.
1331, John de Claxton. Ditto.
1334, William Neel. Ditto.
John Brichill, rector.
1340, John Fulford, by Thomas Astele.
1342, William de Westwick, by Sir Ralph de Astele.
1349, Walter de Soterle. Ditto.
1357, John Staloun, by John Berney, who purchased this turn.
1381, John de Rugham, by Sir Thomas de Astele.
1383, Matthew Fewell. Ditto.
1395, John Nicholas, by the Bishop, a lapse.
1399, Edmund Pelse, by Thomas Asteley.
1401, John Camplyon. Ditto.
1402, William Bette, by Thomas Asteley.
1406, John Hull, by Thomas Astele, Esq.
1407, Laur. Briston. Ditto.
Soon after it was consolidated to the church of Rackheath Magna.
The town of Rackheath, called in Domesday Book, Ra-Cheisham, and Racheia, seems to be derived from some stream, called Ra; thus Raby in Durham; Rackenford in Devonshire; Rayleigh in Essex, &c.