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Launched 09/04/2011

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Graveyard Memorial Inscriptions
What's in the database
11693 People
6487 Demography entries
2401 Events
1286 Marriages
413 Properties
412 Photographs
Completed projects ...
  • Properties 1841-1911
  • Demography records 1841-1911 (village only)
  • Cemetery & Graveyard burials
  • Memorial and graveyard inscriptions
Work in progress ...
  • Demography records 1841-1911 (parish)
  • Marriages within the Elham parish
  • Audio/verbal accounts by Elham residents
Coming soon ...
  • Mapping of all properties within the Elham parish
  • List of artefacts
Future projects ...
  • Audio village tour
  • Complete list of shops - past and present
What's new!
Michael Hayes
Doctor Who Producer
Arthur Frederick Broadbridge
Elham resident and diplomat
Charles Alfred Fortin
Elham assistant surgeon
William Lewis Cowley
Elham resident and author
Graveyard burials
John Midgeley
Henry Clayson
STATS - Facts & Trivia
Windlass Cottage Title Deeds
Church Cottage history back to 1720
Anthony Eden
Prime Minister and Elham resident
Welcome to the Elham Historical Society database website. Feel free to browse and uncover the history of Elham. Our dedicated team of historians have recently finished recording the details on all the memorials in the graveyard. Our chairman Derek Boughton has overseen the operation, correlating the data and checking for errors. The results of their labours can be seen of the burials page.

Elham beat off stiff competition for the title of Kent Village of the year 2011 organised by Action with Communities in Rural Kent.

Censuses for outlying communities in the parish will be rolled out gradually. Check out the stats page for interesting facts and

trivia about the village. We still need your help so please send us any information relating to Elham that may be of interest.

Les Ames hits out
Les Ames in action

Elham resident Les Ames in action for England against the West Indies in 1939. He was one of the finer wicketkeeper - batsmen and played for Kent CCC.


Abbot's Fireside c 1450
Abbot's Fireside

The Abbot's Fireside is one of the older buildings in the village and probably dates back to the mid fifteenth century.


Audrey attends school
Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (left) lived in Orchard Cottage (Five Bells) for five years in her childhood (1935-1940) and attended the local village schools. She took ballet lessons and dreamed of becoming a prima ballerina. I wonder what became of her?


George V Playing Field
Play for Elham

Dave Lee opens Elham's brand new playground with a sensory garden and a pretty flower meadow created by the Play for Elham charity. 21st November 2010

Swing Riots of 1830
Swing Riots

The machine breaking that led to the riots of August 1830 onwards started in the Elham Parish, writes our historian Derek Boughton, who has made a lifetime's study of the subject.

Elham residents were prominent in the gangs that sought out the new fangled threshing machines and destroyed them. Some of them cost the not inconsiderable sum for the day of £100. Full Story

Fire Engine c 1940

It was stationed in the old Bible Christian Chapel, The Row. It contained a grey Coventry Climax Fire Pump which was pulled by an old black saloon car (type unknown). Across the road, in the land where the bungalow now stands, was a tall pole with a cross beam on which the water hoses for the pump where hung up to dry out. The unit was manned by part time fireman and from Dave’s memory they were Dick Ames, Rex Ames, Stan Jordan and Dennis Johnson who was there until 1942 when he joined the army. Dave Johnson

The Chequer 1829

Lease for a Year, 4th November, and Conveyance 5th November: Susannah Morris, widow, Ann Morris, spinster, and William Henry Morris, grocer, all of Canterbury, heirs of Henry Morris of Canterbury, grocer, under his will of 12th August 1828 (and mortgagees), to William Pittock of Elham, surgeon, for £300. Occupiers listed: Thomas Dray, -- Lampart, , Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Lawson, William Lawson, William Bragg.

CAUTION TO SERVANTS 1875

Mr. C. File lost last week a valuable cart horse, the mate having given it a quantity of peas that remained over from the previous day's "seasoning." Mr. Crouch, jun., of Exted, went as usual on Saturday morning to his sheep fold, where he found two dogs, the property of Mr. D. S. Cresswell, worrying the sheep. He instantly shot both dogs, and found many of the sheep much torn. Mr. Bowes's sheep close by, were first attacked, and many of them seriously torn, one being dead and partly devoured. We are informed that the police found a large piece or fat in the throat of one of the dogs corresponding with a piece torn from the carcase. Many of our readers may recollect what serious losses the farmers of the neighbourhood have suffered on previous occasions, especially at this season of the year. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 03 April 1875