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Rackheath Magna, All Saints, Church.


Rackheath Magna All Saints Church, as it was known in 12th century, was made redundant in the 1970s and the Norfolk Churches Trust acquired the lease in February 1981.

It was whilst journeying to this church whilst taking a short holiday to cover as many Norfolk Churches I could in 2018, I'd spotted two cars at a distance chatting to each other in a car park down Swash Lane, the lane only made for one vehicle, I continued. I had got around 3/4 way down the lane when the Gold Pick-up truck of the two (the other a black Mercedes) started coming towards me. In hope that he knew a pull in space, I continued. The Gold Pick-up came straight at me, stopped in the road and would not move. I drove up to him, an elderly man with a long goatie beard, and asked if he'd mind backing up. I am disabled and this is not an easy task. He said he wouldn't budge, and I was in fact to reverse. I gave way, the man pressuring me all the time, heavy revving his vehicle. At the end he passed me, and smirked. I went to the church carpark, only to find it full of men sitting around in cars. My day was spoilt and I returned to the holiday venue at Horning. I sincerely hope all other Norfolk folk aren't such idiots.....as I surely don't want to be classed as one.

The church itself is full of light thanks to the clear glass. There is a fine thirteenth century arcade and an interesting hexagonal font dating from 1639 which was damaged when the church became redundant. There are also some very fine and elegant memorials to the Pettus and Stracey families. One for Harriet Sarah Sracey 1817 and another for Elizabeth Stracey and Sophia Micklethwaite are by Cushing sculptor. Plus another for Sir Horatio 1730 and Dame Elizabeth Pettus, by J. Chapling.

All Saints is signposted with a brown Heritage sign on the Wroxham Road, and continue down Swash Lane NR13 6QT.  It is open during daylight hours, and the Key holder can be contacted on 01603 782044.