Now by-passed this linear settlement has many fine 16th and 17th cent. Buildings. The village consists of two contiguous parishes - Inferior and Superior - whose borders follow the course of an underground stream, crosses the street and runs through many houses and at one time through the bar of the former Hamblyn House (now a private residence). The village of Botesdale adjoins at the eastern end. The whole area has been designated a conservation area with several thatched houses. Basil Brown, the archaeologist responsible for the discovery of Sutton Hoo lived here for a while. A colony of large, edible snails still exist locally and may be descendants of those once imported by the Romans, of whom some archaeological evidence has been found.
The Rickinghalls are recorded in Domesday variously as "Richingehala", "Richingehalla", "Rikingahala" and "Rikinchala". Rickinghall Superior appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Rickingale Magna".
Inferior and Superior don't denote how important the two parishes are; Inferior refers to it being on lower ground, Superior being on higher ground.
The war memorial is shared with Botesdale, Redgrave and Rickinghall Inferior…
The 1844 White's Directory also lists a beer house being run by Valentine Bedwell.
The 1861 Census also lists George King (Beerhouse Keeper, Street, pub not named, Head/Married/51/born Rickinghall)
The 1879 Kelly's directory also lists Philip Bailey as a beer retailer.
The 1881 Census also lists Philip Bailey (Carrier & Publican, Street, pub not named, Head/Married/26/born Rickinghall) [Wife, Rose A, may be at White Horse in 1891]
The 1881 Census also lists Henry H Everson (Blacksmith (Master), not shown as publican, Publican House, Stow Rd., pub not named, Head/Married/37/born Occold)