South Raynham

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South Raynham
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The Church of St Martin
South Raynham is located in Norfolk
South Raynham
South Raynham
South Raynham shown within Norfolk
Population 257 (2001. Combined with East & West Raynham 2001 census)
OS grid reference TF888243
• London 109 miles
Civil parish
  • Raynham
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Fakenham
Postcode district NR21
Dialling code 01328
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°46′52″N 0°47′06″E / 52.781°N 0.785°E / 52.781; 0.785Coordinates: 52°46′52″N 0°47′06″E / 52.781°N 0.785°E / 52.781; 0.785

South Raynham is a village in the county of Norfolk. It is situated on the A1065 road some 5 miles (8.0 km) SW of Fakenham. The River Wensum flows nearby. The village can trace its origins back and before the Domesday survey of 1086 when the village was known as Reinham.[1] It is in the civil parish of Colkirk.

The Raynhams[edit]

Today, The Raynhams would cover the names of three villages East, West, South Raynham and a large area of park and farmland known as Raynham Park, which the Raynham villages and the 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 7th Marquis Townshend.

The Church of St Martin[edit]

The Church of St Martin dates back to the 14th century and is built from flint and freestone dressings in the Decorated and Perpendicular style of architecture. The most outstanding feature of the church is the mensa, or altar stone. Pevsner believed it might be 12th century, but may be older.[2]


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.[3]


  1. ^ The Raynhams Retrieved February 01, 2008
  2. ^ Norfolk churches Retrieved January 30, 2008
  3. ^ Circular walk Retrieved February 01, 2008

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