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History of Parham

For some fascinating historical records from the village including photographs and newspaper articles, please look at this Facebook page  (NB you shouldn't need to be a member of Facebook to view the page).

Simon Last who runs the page has a wealth of information about Parham. 
He would also welcome any old photos you have of the village. 

Parham Watering
Thanks to Simon for allowing us to use the above photo of the Watering. 


Local History Recorder: Mr Malcolm MacNicol - 723569

To celebrate the Millennium, Parham produced a publication called Parham Parish Scan. The first section of the book looks at Parham's history. A copy of the book can be obtained from Framlingham Library, Suffolk.

The history of the church can be found in a booklet in St Mary the Virgin Church, Parham.


IN 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Parham like this:- 

PARHAM, a village and a parish in Plomesgate district, Suffolk. The village stands on the river Ore, adjacent to the Framlingham branch of the East Suffolk railway, 2 ¼ miles S S E of Framlingham; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Wickham-Market. The parish comprises 2, 212 acres. Real property, £3, 741. Pop. in 1851, 532; in 1861, 470. Houses, 101. The property is divided among a few. Old Parham Hall was the seat of the first Earl of Ufford; and passed to the Willoughbys and the Corrances. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Hackeston, in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £282.* Patron, F. Corrance, Esq. The church is tolerable; and there are a parochial school, and charities £9.

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Parham in Suffolk Coastal | Map and description,  A Vision of Britain through Time.  URL:

Date accessed: 06th March 2017

"PARHAM, a parish in the hundred of Plomesgate, county Suffolk, 2 ½ 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)