A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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Notes for Thomas BARNHAM

Thomas was a Gentleman and a resident of the Norfolk Parish of Saint Faith. The villages of Horsham Saint Faith and Newton Saint Faith are ancient, dating back to pre-Norman times. After the Norman invasions in 1066 the villages were given to William the Conqueror’s armourer. His grandson, Robert Fitzwater and his wife Sybil built Saint Faith’s Priory in 1106. The Parish Church which replaced the Saxon church dates back to the 13th century. The Church has over its long history undergone changes and additions and today is a Grade 1 Listed building and includes some fascinating and unique features. The West Tower, dating back to 1290 is built of flint and freestone. The Chancel’s east wall is early English and shows a beautiful chequered pattern of squared faced flint and stone. The finely crafted octagonal font dates from about 1450. The rood-screen has 12 dado panels each depicting a saints and dates back to 1528. The church also has brasses, a fine organ, a 17th century altar, a lectern dating from 1335, a 1488 pulpit illuminated by ten painted panels of saints.
The will of Thomas Barnham, Gentleman of Norwich, Norfolk, dated 17 November 1704, may be found in Department Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers. Name of Register: Ash Quire Numbers: 222 - 266, Catalogue reference PROB 11/479.


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