"PARHAM, a parish in the hundred of Plomesgate, county Suffolk, 2½ miles S.E. of Framlingham, and 7 N. by E. of Woodbridge. It is a station on the East Suffolk section of the Great Eastern railway. Wickham Market is its post town. The village, which is of small extent, and chiefly agricultural, is situated on the river Alde. Parham formerly belonged to the Uffords, Earls of Suffolk, from whom it came to the Lords Willoughby, of Parham, who had an Elizabethan mansion here, called Parham Hall, now converted into a farmhouse. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £168, and the vicarial for £176 13s. The living is a vicarage* annexed to that of Hacheston, in the diocese of Norwich, value £299. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, has a square tower, built by William de Ufford, Earl of Suffolk, in the 14th century. It contains a carved screen and painted E. window. The register dates from 1538. The parochial charities produce about £9 per annum. There is a parochial school for both sexes. The poet Crabbe resided for many years at Parham Lodge."


Description from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)


Church History

Descriptions and photographs of churches in the parish may be found in Simon Knott's Suffolk Churches.


Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Parham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM308615 (Lat/Lon: 52.203253, 1.375911), Parham which are provided by:


Military History

Parham Airfield Museum is home to the 390th Bomb Group Memorial Air Museum and the Museum of the British Resistance Organisation - The Auxiliary Units.

The Museum is located in the control tower of the former United States Army Air Force Station 153, situated on Parham Airfield, near Framlingham. The Museum is a tribute to the 390th Bomb Group, 8th United States Army Air Force and other Allied airmen operating from airfields throughout East Anglia during the Second World War.

Parham Airfield Museum also houses the Museum of the British Resistance Organisation, dedicated to the men and women who served in the various sections of the Auxiliiary Units.

The Museum is situated one mile south-west of Great Glemham, east of the B1116 Hacheston to Framlingham road and to the north-west of the junction of Hall Road and New Road. Turn off through Parham village or turn off the A12 directly opposite the entrance to Glemham Hall.

The Museum is open on Sundays from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. During June, July, August and September the Museum is also open on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Parham Airfield Museum, Parham, near Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9AF
Telephone: 01728 621373 (International +44 (0)1728 621373).