Barsham shown within Norfolk
|Area||19.40 km2 (7.49 sq mi)|
|Population||253 (parish, 2001 census)|
|– density||13/km2 (34/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||117 miles|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||North Norfolk|
Barsham is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk, and includes the villages of East Barsham, North Barsham, West Barsham and Houghton St Giles. The villages are all situated within 2 miles of each other, about 3 miles north of the town of Fakenham and 28 miles north-west of the city of Norwich. The headwaters of the River Stiffkey flow through both East and North Barsham and Houghton St Giles.
Originally all four villages had their own parishes, but these were merged to create a single civil parish in 1935. This parish has an area of 7½ square miles and in the 2001 census had a population of 253 in 115 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk. The village is mainly now located along Water Lane, which runs parallel with the Stiffkey. The old village used to be located along West Barsham Road and ran from the old rectory to the railway (now disused). There are no shops in East Barsham; the White Horse Inn is the only pub, with Fieldview Guest House and the School Room being the only other accommodation for visitors.
The mediaeval pilgrimage centre of Walsingham lies only 1¼ miles north of Houghton St Giles, and the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady or Slipper Chapel is actually located within the civil parish of Barsham. East Barsham Manor, in the village of East Barsham, is an important work of Tudor architecture.
- ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 251 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21887-2.
- ^ Great Britain Historical GIS Project. Barsham CP Norfolk through time. Retrieved December 22, 2005.
- ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
- Map sources for East Barsham.
- Map sources for North Barsham.
- Map sources for West Barsham.
- Map sources for Houghton St Giles.
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