18th Century -
The World's Greatest Composer Visits
1750 and 1789 Wesley made frequent visits to Canterbury and Dover as
they were regarded as some of the less fruitful parts of his
mission. It is possible that, in view of Barham's position
on the Dover Road, he may have visited the village but there is no
actual record of such.
||The notorious highwayman
terrorised travellers along the Dover Road. He was caught
and hung on the gallows erected at Barham Cross Roads.
3rd and 36½" 4th
bells recast by Samuel
Elgar (the 3 x great-uncle of the composer Sir Edward Elgar) - a
Yeoman and farmer at Breach, lived in the Parish of Barham about this
More information about Elgar can be found at
||On 28th October at Breach
Down, workmen widening the road found skeletons of eight warriors
together with beads, a scimitar and a spear.
||The composer watched a horse race on Barham Downs at the end of July on his
way back to Dover from London where the family had stayed for about a
||Valley Road (B2065)
||First mapped record of the
road following the present route.
||18,000 troops assembled on
Barham Down before embarking for Holland. Barham church
records that 38 infants were born at the camp.