Barham, Kent

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Coordinates: 51°12′25″N 1°09′25″E / 51.207°N 1.157°E / 51.207; 1.157

The Duke of Cumberland pub, Barham.jpg
The Duke of Cumberland pub, Barham
Barham is located in Kent
 Barham shown within Kent
Population 1,187 [1]
OS grid reference TR206495
Civil parish Barham
District Canterbury
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CT4
Dialling code 01227
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Canterbury
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Barham is a village and civil parish in the City of Canterbury district of Kent, England. It is situated close to the A2 road between Canterbury and Dover, 7 miles south-east of Canterbury and 7 miles north of Folkestone.

According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,187.

The name Barham was spelt Bioraham in 799, from Biora (derived from Beora, a Saxon chief) and Ham ("settlement" or "homestead").[2]

In 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt visited the village as part of a tour of Kent.[3]

The Nailbourne, a tributary of the Little Stour, flows only occasionally on its way to the English Channel. Just outside Barham stood the Black Mill, a windmill which was accidentally burnt down in 1970. Barham Downs lie to the north of the village.

The parish church of St. John the Baptist sits on the hill, with an impressive green copper spire. Built in the 14th century, it has been partially remodelled inside to make it more appropriate for modern worship.

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