Articles about the Village
Mentioned in the Doomesday Book, Barnham is notable for its many thatched houses and flint walls and is set in gentle countryside, surrounded by several areas of Special Scientific Interest and the Euston and Elveden Estates.
Graham Paflin, who lives at Rymer Court, prepares a very interesting magazine each quarter called the Rymer Court News (A.K.A. The Rymer RAG). Within this magazine he includes interesting features about the locality. Graham has kindly agreed to let us post some of his articles - they particularly highlight Barnham's traditional association with the RAF. Please click on the articles on the left hand side of this page to read more. If you would like more information about this magazine or the article, please click here to contact Graham by email.
One of our residents, Paul Allen, is very interested in the history of our village - particulary during the World War I period. Please click here to visit his Facebook page called "Barnham Past and Present" which includes some wonderful old photos of Barnham and stories from by-gone Barnham families. Paul also has a website focusing on Barnham Village Soldiers who served in the Great War. Paul would be very interested to receive more information - please click here to email him. If you click here you can visit his website.
In 2014 the village also commemorated the centennary of the First World War with an exhibition in the church. The exhibition paid tribute to the village soldiers who lost their life and also the life of the Barnham families left behind. Please click here to email The Rev'd Sue Nutt who would be very interested to share information.
The map shown in this photograph was created by Dr. Karen Burton and can be seen at St. Gregory's Barnham. It shows who lived in Barnham at the start of World War I using information taken from the 1911 Census. Details for each household show who lived in the house, their ages and occupations. Barnham sent 70 men to the War: 19 never returned and are listed on the village war memorial. This map shows the wider impact of the war on families, eg if relatives living outside Barnham were serving. Alongside details on a household, there are details of how the family were affected by the war. For example, a son living in Thetford serving in the Army, a brother-in-law within the village who died. This information is highlighted by the use of poppies and leaves. If a household was affected by men serving in the war, a leaf appears for each person who served and survived. A poppy appears each time they suffered a fatality.
There is also a replica of the war memorial in the church.