[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"BARHAM, a parish in the hundred of Leightonstone, in the county of Huntingdon, 7 miles to the north-west of Huntingdon. Kimbolton is its post town. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ely, of the value of £58, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Giles. The parochial charities amount to £8."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013


  • Monumental inscriptions for Barham have not yet been recorded by the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire FHS.


  • Census information for this parish (1841 - 1891) is held in the Huntingdon Records Office.
  • The full 1841 Census of Barham Parish is available as fiche set C104.
  • The full 1851 Census of Barham Parish is available as fiche set C54.
  • A Surname Index of the 1881 Census of the Huntingdon Registration District, in which Barham was enumerated (RG11/1602, Folios 52a - 53b), and which took place on 3rd April 1881, is available, as fiche set C3.
  • A full transcription of the 1891 Census of the Spaldwick sub-District of the Huntingdon Registration District (RG12/1236) in which Barham was enumerated, and which took place on 5th April 1891, has also been produced by the Huntingdonshire FHS (as Fiche C8).
  • The fiche sets mentioined above are available from the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire FHS.


  • St. Giles's Church, Barham.

Church History

  • The church of St. Giles consists of a chancel, nave, north aisle and south porch. The walls are of pebble rubble mixed with stones, and with stone dressings, but the south wall of the nave is of rough ashlar. The roofs are covered with tiles.
  • The church is not mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086; it was probably first built late in the 12th century. About the year 1300, the chancel and chancel arch were rebuilt. Somewhat late in the 14th century, new windows were inserted in the walls of the nave and, probably at this time, the eastern arch of the arcade was rebuilt and widened towards the east - the responds being reset.
  • The church was restored around 1850 when he porch and north wall of the aisle were rebuilt, and a bell-cote built on the west gable. The west wall was restored and the porch rebuilt again in 1903, and the chancel restored in 1909.
  • There are photographs and further information on St. Giles's Church on Rob's Churches website.

Church Records

  • The following are available in the Huntingdon Records Office.
    • Baptisms: 1604-1619, 1681-1851 (both indexed), 1813-1983.
    • Banns: 1604-1619, 1696-1851 (both indexed), 1824-1974.
    • Marriages: 1607-1619, 1698-1849 (both indexed), 1839-1954.
    • Burials: 1604-1619, 1696-1851 (both indexed), 1813-1987.
    • Bishop's Transcripts: 1604, 1607, 1610, 1612, 1618-19, 1762/1813-35, 1837, 1850, 1854-55, 1857-8.
  • The Huntingdonshire Marriage Indexes include marriages from this parish. These are, at present, issued in alphabetical listings in series: 1601-1700, and 1701-1754, and are available from the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire FHS.

Civil Registration

  • Barham was originally in the Huntingdon Registration District from 1st July 1837. Subsequently it became part of the Spaldwick sub-District, but it is now directly under the Huntingdon District.




You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL137754 (Lat/Lon: 52.364866, -0.33159), Barham which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • Bercheham (xi cent.),
  • Bercham,
  • Bergham,
  • Berwham,
  • Berewan,
  • Berenham,
  • Beuham (xiii cent.),
  • Barram,
  • Barrham (xiv cent.).}

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The parish of Barham was in the Huntingdon Union for Poor Law administration.
  • Births and Deaths registered in the Huntingdon Union Workhouse (1838 - 1949) are available, as fiche set D10, from the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire FHS.


  • Population in 1801 - 96.
  • Population in 1851 - 105.
  • Population in 1901 - 57.
  • Population in 1951 - 72.
  • Population in 1971 - 71.
  • Population in 1991 - 49.