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THE RAYMOND BARKERS OF FAIRFORD PARK

John Raymond of London changed his surname to Raymond Barker by Royal Licence when he succeeded Esther Lambe, the granddaughter of Andrew Barker who settled at Fairford in 1650.

John Raymond of London changed his surname to Raymond Barker by Royal Licence when he succeeded Esther Lambe, the granddaughter of Andrew Barker who settled at Fairford in 1650.

by Chris Hobson
(FHS Monograph No 3)

Published by Fairford History Society, 2007
Price 5.00

The long and complex story of the Barker and Raymond Barker family of Fairford Park is told in this new monograph in some detail. The story starts at the end of the English Civil War when Andrew Barker arrived in Fairford and built his grand new house at Fairford Park. The Barkers and their relations the Farmors and the Micos were intimately involved in the creation of Fairford Free School which later bore the name of Elizabeth Farmor, one of the benefactors. Andrew’s granddaughter Esther married James Lambe and, having no children of her own, passed her estate to her nephew John Raymond thereby founding the Raymond Barker dynasty. In addition to being lords of the manor, major landowners and JPs of Fairford, the family were also very active in county and national affairs and the many of them became prominent in business and commerce as well as the church. The family was not without trial and tribulation which included the occasional violent death and one case of scandal which was discussed in the House of Commons.

November 15th 2007: God Sent a Plague of Frogs to Fairford

Dr Andrew Warmington gave a fascinating talk about the religious turmoil that followed the English Civil War when Fairford hit the national headlines! He told the story of the pamphlets that were published in 1660 telling of a plague of frogs that visited the houses of Fairford’s Justice of the Peace and Lord of the Manor as a ‘punishment’ following their refusal to act when nonconformists were harassed by the locals. Dr Warmington studied the English Civil War for his doctorate and is the author of books and articles on the subject, especially Gloucestershire’s part in the War.

See Dr Warmington’s Prize winning Essay on the Subject