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History of Ham

Ham comes from the Old English ‘hamm’ meaning ‘land hemmed in by water or marsh’; therefore, ‘hemmed-in land’. The Domesday Book records Ham as Hama.

The once parish church of Ham, dedicated to Saint George and  described by Edward Hasted, in 1800, as a ‘small mean building. It consists of a nave and chancel, having a small wooden pointed turret at the west end, in which is one bell’, is now redundant and used as a stained glass studio.