1 ancient pub
Population (2011) of Parham: 263.
Local licensing authority for Parham is Suffolk Coastal.
A small rather scattered village with two large commons, one at North Green the other at Silverlace Green, and a smaller common at Mill Green. Parham was recorded in Domesday as "Perreham". Most houses flank the B1116 and The Street leading to St Mary the Virgin Church.
The village sign in our photos is no longer there; fund-raising for a new sign is underway.
A post mill used to stand on the road towards Cransford, but it was demolished after being tailwinded in late 1944.
Parham Station was on the Framlingham branch line. It opened in June 1859 and closed in November 1952.
RAF Framlingham was operational from July 1943, but today this airfield is better known as Parham. Using B17s the USAF 390th Bomb Group were soon involved in some very difficult operations. By April 1945 they had completed 300 missions for the loss of 144 aircraft. Also, and most extraordinarily, Master Sergeant Hewitt Dunn personally completed 104 missions as a gunner including nine trips to Berlin. Today Parham has one of the few remaining WW2 Air Museums in the country that has connection with the US (open Sun and Wed). Meanwhile the old air base now supports light industrial units providing local employment.
Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.
Some details from "Suffolk Airfields in WW2" by Graham Smith.