According to Eilert Ekwall the meaning of the village name is the homestead of Beorn's people. The Domesday Book records the population of Barningham in 1086 to be 36 and the current population is now approximately 1000. The majority of this increase took place during the latter part of the 20th century as the census returns show only 300 to 400 people during most of the 19th Century and those figures include part of Coney Weston.
In 2012 as part of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebration an exhibition was held in the village hall of articles and information relating to the history of the village. An embroidered map of the village was also created as part of the celebrations by members of the local Knit and Stitch group and remains as a permanent record in the village hall.
As much of the information collected as possible has been added to these website pages but this relates mainly to 19th and 20th century history. Anyone interested in the earlier history of the village can find much of value in the book written by our late village recorder Mr Michael Lingwood entitled Our Own People, a history of a village community with illustrations by Madeleine Beck which comes with a copy of the 1798 enclosure map. Copies are available for sale for £3.50 plus postage on application to the Village Hall secretary, currently Mrs Brenda Last, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any information relating to the history of the village that you can share we would be happy to add it here. Please contact Mrs Last as above or the Parish Clerk