Located on the former Ipswich to Norwich main road and now bypassed by the A14, Barham was recorded in Domesday as "Bercham". Flooded local gravel pits provide pleasant places for picnics.
Locals pronounce the village name "Barram" (with a short first "a".
Shrubland hall (actually within Coddenham parish, but nearer to Barham) is the site of a medieval deer park. The Hall was used as a convalescent home during the Great War and the Old Hall as a brigade HQ during the the Second World War. After the Second World War it was used for 40 years as a health farm; this venture closed in 2006. After reopening in 2015 as a hotel (called Shrubland Royale) with a restaurant and spa) this seems to have closed down, with reports of bad reviews. Previous owners included Sir Nicholas Bacon (keeper of the Great Seal for Elizabeth I) and Rear Admiral Sir George Nathaniel Broke Middleton from 1865-87.
The church contains a statue by Henry Moore: "Madonna & Child", which was originally commissioned as a war memorial for Claydon but moved to Barham when the church in Claydon was closed and the two parishes combined.…
The 1874 White's Directory lists John Bridges (& boot & shoe maker) as a beer retailer (also listed as a shopkeeper).
At the Needham Market Petty Sessions in February 1875, the license for a beer house at Barham, was transferred from Alfred Heathfield Phillips to John Bridges.Ipswich Journal, F…
Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)