East Raynham

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East Raynham
Church of St Mary, East Raynham.jpg
The Church of St Mary
East Raynham is located in Norfolk
East Raynham
East Raynham
East Raynham shown within Norfolk
Population257 ( Combined with South & East Raynham) 2001 census )
OS grid referenceTF8725
• London110 miles
Civil parish
  • Raynham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFakenham
Postcode districtNR21
Dialling code01328
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°47′33″N 0°47′56″E / 52.79239°N 0.79876°E / 52.79239; 0.79876Coordinates: 52°47′33″N 0°47′56″E / 52.79239°N 0.79876°E / 52.79239; 0.79876

East Raynham is a village in the county of Norfolk. It is located on the A1065 some 4 miles (6.4 km) south-west of Fakenham. The River Wensum flows close to the village. The village can trace its origins back and before the Domesday survey of 1086 when it was known as Reinham.[1] Raynham, Massachusetts took the village's name at its incorporation in 1731 at the time of Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend (1674–1738), Leader of the House of Lords. The population is now included in the civil parish of Raynham.

The Raynhams[edit]

Today, The Raynhams would cover the names of three villages East, West Raynham and South Raynham, a large area of farmland known as Raynham Park, which the Raynham villages and 17th century Raynham Hall border.

Raynham Hall[edit]

Raynham Hall

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 8th Marquis Townshend.

The Church of St Mary[edit]

The church stands in the park of Raynham Hall. It was rebuilt in 1868 but retains the 15th century Easter Sepulchre. The 2nd Viscount, "Turnip" Townshend is buried here.[2] In 2002 the ring of eight bells was restored and augmented.[3] The Queen paid a private visit to the church in July 2002.[4]


Much of the area can be visited by a circular walk, which takes in mixed woodland, water meadows, arable land and historic buildings, almost entirely on the Raynham estate.[5]


  1. ^ The Raynhams Archived 2008-07-23 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 06 2008
  2. ^ Norfolk churches Retrieved February 08 2008
  3. ^ St Mary's church bells Retrieved February 06 2008
  4. ^ Her Majesty's visit Retrieved February 08 2008
  5. ^ Circular walk Retrieved February 08 2008

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