The Barcham Family

The Barcham Family Today

Sarah and William Barcham, who lived and farmed at Edingthorpe, Norfolk, England, in the mid 18th century, have hundreds of descendants living throughout the world. William and Sarah's best means of finding out what was happening in the outside world was to journey to North Walsham from time to time where they would hear local and national news, and maybe collect the occasional letter from a relative. Some 250 years on, in a very different world, this website offers Barcham family members everywhere an opportunity to tell others how we live today in an easily accessible way. If you would like your profile to be posted on this page, please send your story to, maximum 250 words, together with an image of you and/or your family. If you would like to contact other family members, send a message initially to the Family Publisher who will forward it.


Christopher John Farrow
Chris is a retired engineer. After undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Imperial College, London, his first job was at the copper mines in Northern Rhodesia [now Zambia], where he met his wife Hilary. They moved to Canada in 1966. He now lives, with Hilary in London, Ontario. Chris and Hilary have a son, John, and a daughter, Cathy, both born in Zambia, and three grandchildren who all live in Canada.

In the 1980s, perhaps because he was living overseas, Chris became interested in learning more about his family roots. At first, with only a family tree showing 'William Barcham of Edingthorpe', he was unable to find the village on maps of Norfolk. Finally, in 1999, he went to Edingthorpe, located the ancestral home, Church Farm, and found gravestones of his ancestors, which gave a great boost to his family history research.

Chris is descended from Captain William Barcham of Great Yarmouth through his great-grandmother, Fanny Elizabeth Barcham, one of William's granddaughters. In the course of his genealogical research he became fascinated by the seafaring activities of his ancestors, and investigated details of the ships that they owned or commanded, and their voyages to various parts of the world. After 30 years of research he has amassed a great deal of information about the lives of his Barcham forebears and those  of the Williams and Edwards families, as well as the wider ramifications of the Barcham family. In 2013, owing to health reasons, he decided to retire as Barcham Family Historian.   

Chris was the convenor of the 2003 Barcham Family Gathering.


Chris Farrow, former Barcham Family Historian

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