Racton is a small group of dwellings at the southern end of the Octagon. There was once a Racton manor, but this was demolished many years ago, leaving just a few hints in the landscape. The hamlet has close links with the neighbouring settlement of Lordington.
Racton has a small 12th Century church. The chancel was added in the 13th Century. The whole West wall was rebuilt in the 14th Century; the porch is a later addition. In the chancel there is a canopied table/tomb. Charles II is said to have stayed overnight in the thatched cottage to the rear fo the church during his escape to Normandy following the battle of Worcester. Racton monument is located on the hill behind the village.
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The Octagon Parish is made up of eight villages with churches: Stansted, Racton, Stoughton, East Marden, North Marden, Up Marden, Compton and Forestside and two villages without churches: West Marden and Walderton. Blessed with wonderful walks and fine views down to the south coast, its small ancient downland churches are noted for their spiritual peace and tranquillity, some dating back to Saxon times. There are two stately homes in the area: Stansted House and Uppark.