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"BARHAM, a parish in the hundred of Kinghamford, lathe of St. Augustine, in the county of Kent, 6 miles to the S.E. of Canterbury, its post town. It is situated on a range of chalk hills. It was on Barham Downs that King John encamped with his army of 60,000 men, when anticipating the invasion of the French in 1213. Many remains of ancient camps and mounds are scattered over the Downs. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, of the value of £500, in the patronage of the archbishop. The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The principal seats are Barham Court and Barham Place. Digges' Court was the residence of Leonard Digges, an eminent mathematician of the 16th century. The Canterbury races take place on Barham Downs in August."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]

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