On the Kent Archaeology site they have some monumental inscriptions for Barham Church, noted by Rev. Bryan Faussett 1757

Barham's own site barham-kent.org.uk has Barham baptisms between 1701-1908, as well as marriage licences to 1837, births and deaths (wonderful site full of history)

St. John the Baptist Church


Barham was held of the see of Canterbury, temp. Henry II., by Sir Reginald Fitzurse, one of the four knightly assassins of Thomas a Becket. It is said to owe its name - the ham, or home of bears - to its rude Norman owners, the bear's sons, but the interpretation can scarcely be accpeted by any one but an antiquarian. After the death of the Archbishop, Fitzurse fled to Ireland, where he assumed the name of Macmahon, which is identical in meaning with that of Fitzurse, and his Kentish lands went to his kinsman, Robert of Barham.

Barham Church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a large Decorated building, with a nave, aisle, transept, chancel, and tall elegant spire. It contains "a magnificent pyramid of marble," commemorating numerous members of the Dinwell family, formerly of Brome; and the brass of a knight, a priest, and lady. The tombs of the Lades in the churchyard are chiefly temp. James I. and Charles I.

The rectory, valued at £500 per annum, is in the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury. 1874



Mixed 1558 - 1804

Marriages 1754 - 1812

Baptisms & Burials 1804 - 1812

Baptiss 1813 - 1862

Marriages 1813 - 1837

Burials 1813 - 1889

Marriages 1837

Baptisms 1862 - 1894

Burials - 1890

Baptisms - 1894

Banns Books - 1770 - 1885

No entries Aug. 16, 1647 - Dec. 6, 1653, nor 1562 - 1569

Transcripts in the Diocesan Registry begin 1563

A complete transcription has been made of all the above books by Rev. F. R. Mercer a vicar of the church


A view of a cottage from the church graveyard


In 1821, there were 130 dwellings in the parish of Barham; and, at the same period, when the last census of the population was taken by order of Parliament, the numbers of inhabitants were as follows: males 433, females 479, making at total of 912 souls. 1829


A cottage near the church, Barham


Barham, Kent, a parish in the hundred of Kinghamford, lathe of St. Augustine, union of Bridge: 88 miles from London ( coach road 63 ), 7 from Canterbury, 9 from Dover. The Barham Downs have long been celebrated, not only for their natural beauty, but also for the very numerous traces upon them of ancient encampments, and an immense number of tumuli is everywhere met with. The living (St. John the Baptist), a perpetual curacy in the acrhdeaconry and diocese of Canterbury; pres. net income, £700: patron Archbishop of Canterbury: pres. incumbent, C. Oxenden, 1846: contains 4,646 acres: 299 houses: population in 1841, 1,151. The Canterbury races are held on the Downs in August every year. The course, which is about two miles out and two miles in, is shaped something in the form of a cricket bat, having a severe hill from the distance home. Broome Park. 1852


Church Lane, Barham


Kent family history society has a microfiche for sale of St. John the Baptist, Barham, Monumental Inscriptions

© T. Machado 2007