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Rackheath is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk, and is roughly 6 miles (9.7 km) from Norwich city centre. It covers an area of 7.52 km2 (2.90 sq mi) and had a population of 1,551 in 625 households at the 2001 census,[2] increasing to a population of 1,972 in 762 households at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Broadland. It is the site of a proposed new eco-town.

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Holy Trinity Church, Rackheath
Rackheath is located in Norfolk
Rackheath shown within Norfolk
Area 7.52 km2 (2.90 sq mi)
Population 1,972 (2011)[1]
• Density 262/km2 (680/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG279139
Civil parish
  • Rackheath
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR13
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°40′31″N 1°22′12″E / 52.6753°N 1.3701°E / 52.6753; 1.3701Coordinates: 52°40′31″N 1°22′12″E / 52.6753°N 1.3701°E / 52.6753; 1.3701

The A1151 Norwich to Wroxham Road runs through the parish dividing it in two. There is a small settlement (originally known as Great Rackheath or Rackheath Magna) near the 14th century listed church of All Saints (redundant since the 1970s)[3][4] to the north, and the now much larger settlement of New Rackheath (but originally known as Little Rackheath or Rackheath Parva) to the south.[5] All Saints church has a 12th-century canonical sundial on the south wall. New Rackheath contains the modern (1959) Holy Trinity Church[6] as well as the 1930s art deco style Sole and Heel public house, which is situated in the part of the village known locally as Slipper Bottom (or Slipper's Bottom). Rackheath's other pubs are the Racecourse Inn, originally the Washington Hotel, on Salhouse Road; and the Green Man, on the Wroxham Road, which dates from before 1826 and closed in November 2011.[7]

Rackheath was the location of a Second World War USAAF base, the most easterly and therefore the nearest to Germany of all British wartime airfields. Near the village sign on Salhouse Road, next to the gate of Holy Trinity Church, is a memorial plaque to the 467th Bombardment Group, which consisted of four squadrons who flew B-24 Liberators from the base in support of the Allied advance across Europe.[8][9] Part of the former airfield is now Rackheath Industrial Estate.

Rackheath Eco TownEdit

In 2008, controversial proposals were made for a new eco-town containing over 5100 homes to be built in Rackheath and Salhouse[10] on farmland formerly the site of the Second World War RAF Rackheath airfield. The proposals have attracted much criticism, mainly because the eco-town is to be built on a greenfield site, within a mile of The Broads National Park. A local group calling themselves SNUB, or Stop Norwich UrBanisation, was set up to oppose these proposals.


External linksEdit

  Media related to Rackheath at Wikimedia Commons