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Barsham, Suffolk

Historical Description

Barsham, a parish in Wangford union, Suffolk, near the river Waveney, 2 miles W by S of Beccles station on the G.E.R. Post town, Beccles, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 1723; population, 299. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; gross value, £339 with residence. The church has a remarkable east front- lattice work in stone-of 1617-37, and a round west tower, and contains an octagonal Tudor font, a brass of 1380, and a moulded brick altar-tomb of 1599. Echard, the ecclesiastical historian and early gazetteer writer, who died in 1730, and Catherine, the mother of Lord Nelson, were natives.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorfolk 
Ecclesiastical parishBarsham Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionWangford 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Barsham from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Suffolk is available to browse.


Online maps of Barsham are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Suffolk papers online:

Postal districtNR34
Post TownBeccles