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Launched 09/04/2011

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21/11/2017 09:25

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Graveyard Memorial Inscriptions
What's in the database
11693 People
6487 Demography entries
2396 Events
1285 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

Sir John Williams 1653 - 1723

2nd Baronet of Elham. He left his house in the Square and some land to establish a Charity School for six boys from the village. Sir John's father, Dr. Thomas Williams had purchased the Manor of Elham as a country venue. Thomas became a chymical physician to Charles II and later to James II. Charles's method of paying his doctor's bill was by heaping profitable sinecures on him — Assay-Master of the Mint , Examiner in Bankruptcy , Receiver-General of Land Revenues , etc.; all of which brought great wealth to Williams. Sir John's grandfather on his mother's side was John Hogbeane (now Hogben) c1600 Elham, a barrister at law. He and Mary had five girls and the baronetcy passed to his nephew Sir David Williams.

This wasn't our final Boxing Day meet 2002

A MASTER of the East Kent Hunt is confident its future is secure despite mounting pressure to ban the bloodsport. David Potter was speaking after the traditional Boxing Day meet at Elham to which countryside supporters turned out in force. They considerably outnumbered about 30 hunt protestors who waved placards and hurled abuse at the huntsmen and women. KM ID7725 Kent Messenger

King George V Playing Field 2010

New playground opened by comic Dave Lee. The team behind the project comprised Briony Williamson, Helen Sharp and Kate Baker.

The King George V project is to create an Adventure Play Area that is sympathetic to the area, for children of different ages and abilities to utilise both individually and with their families and friends. The aim is to create a welcoming, exciting environment that can be enjoyed by the whole community and provide an all-inclusive outdoor meeting area to enhance local and social cohesion.

Our plans are to build a creative play area that encompasses a wide range of challenging equipment for ages 18 months-18years. The equipment varies from balancing logs and monkey bars to tunnels, slides, swings and bridges. A zip wire will provide excitement and challenge for older children and adults alike. A nest swing and jungle climber provide team play and hang out areas. A gravity bowl will provide an accessible spinning experience for all ages and the city air rider will be good exercise and fun for teens. A new picnic area is situated centrally so that parents and grandparents can enjoy the area whilst maintaining a close eye on their children at play. By creating mounds and adding planting we will transform a flat static area into a hide and seek heaven.

The area will be themed around Elham's history with information boards. We will have a learning arena that can be used to hold outdoor classes, musical events and plays, and church services.

A Sensory Garden and Flower Meadow will provide areas for quiet reflection and enjoyment of native flora. They will help attract species of birds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife

Play for Elham