Burham comes from the Old English ‘burh’ meaning ‘fortification’ with ‘hām’ as ‘village,
homestead, manor’; therefore a ‘fortified homestead/village’. The Domesday Book records
Burham as Borham.
Burham church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin,
although no longer used. The Normans first built it in the 12th Century, on the site
of a Saxon chapel. They built the north and south aisles - later demolished - in
the 14th century, and added the west tower in the following century. In the late
19th century, a Maidstone architect, E W Stephens built a new church more central
to the village, bringing about the desertion of this church. Unfortunately, the foundations
were not sound, in the new building, resulting in the demolition of the church in
1980. In 1956, the Friends of Friendless churches carried out some restoration work
before vesting the church with the Churches conservation Trust.