Barkham is a
villageand civil parishin the Royal County of Berkshirein England, just south-east of and almost joined to Wokingham.
Barkham is administered by the unitary authority of Wokingham District, as well as its own parish council of nine councillors.
Barkham proper is a small hamlet alongside Barkham Street, the location of the Barkham Antiques Centre, and adjoining the parish church, at gbmapping|SU781666. However most of the population live in the north-east of the parish, around the
post office, or in the Arborfield Garrison, which is largely in Barkham, as is the REME Museum of Technology. It is a rural parish, mostly consisting of dairy farmland and woods, despite being surrounded by the towns of Wokinghamand Winnershand the large villages of Arborfield Crossand Finchampstead.
The name "Barkham" means "Birch Home" referring to a settlement near the
birchtrees on the edge of Windsor Forest. In King Edward III's reign, the income from Barkham Manor helped pay for the rebuilding of Windsor Castleand, not long afterwards, wood from Barkham trees was sent to make the roof of Westminster Abbey. For many centuries, the manor house, in the moatby the church, was a secondary home of the well-known Bullock family. The local pub is named after them. They had inherited it from the family of William Neville, a 13th century valet to St. Thomas Cantilupe, the Bishop of Herefordand Chancellor of England, from whom the manor was originally purchased. Another local farming family, the Balls, were the ancestors of George Washington's mother.
* [http://www.barkham.org.uk/ Barkham Village]
* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/villages/barkham.html Royal Berkshire History: Barkham]
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