The ruins of St Margaret's church
West Raynham shown within Norfolk
|Population||257 (Combined with South & East Raynham 2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||110 miles|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||North Norfolk|
West Raynham is a village in the county of Norfolk. Located close to the A1065 road, some 5 miles SW of Fakenham and is the largest village on the Raynham estate. The river Wensum flows nearby. The village can trace its origins back and before the Domesday survey of 1086 when it was known as Reinham.
Raynham Hall is a rectangular mansion built of brick and stone dressings. Work commenced in 1619 and was completed in 1630. It is the seat of the Townshend family, and is owned today by the 7th Marquis Townshend.
The Church of St Margaret
The church was first built in the 11th century. It fell into ruins from the 1720s, when the lead roof was removed to help pay for the restoration of St Marys at East Raynham. The ruin has now been consolidated and the church is now back in occasional use.
RAF West Raynham
The former Royal Air Force station, RAF West Raynham, is located 2 miles west of the village. It opened in 1939 and closed in 1994, when it was sold to a property developer. Most of the properties are empty and in need of restoration, but people do currently live on the site and all houses are available to rent. There is also a small shop on site. In 2010 the paranormal television series Most Haunted filmed 5 episodes on the base.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to West Raynham.|
- The Raynhams Retrieved February 12, 2008
- Church history Retrieved February 12, 2008
- St Margarets Retrieved February 12, 2008
- Circular walk Retrieved February 12, 2008
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