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11660 People
6410 Demography entries
2332 Events
1243 Marriages
412 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
This website is now permanently back online even though our hosts 123-reg have continually refused to acknowledge the problem with one of their servers which causes our websites to crash periodically. We have completed the task to rewrite the software to enable us to bypass this problem and ensure that it doesn't happen again.

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

Fatal Accident 2006

A YOUNG driver who caused the tragic deaths of an elderly couple from Kent who were on holiday in Scotland has been jailed for four years. Civil engineer Brian MacKain, 23, overtook a slow moving camper van on a bend near Spean Bridge, Invernessshire, and ploughed head-on in a car coming the opposite way. Inside were holidaymakers, David Kinmont, 73, and his wife, Ann, 63, of The Row, Elham. The couple, who have three grown-up children, were taken to hospital in Glasgow with serious injuries but died within hours of each other. MacKain, of Mason Road, Inverness, was found guilty after an earlier trial of causing death by dangerous driving on April 7, last year. In addition to jailing MacKain for four years, the judge Lord Carloway also banned him from driving for five years. Kent Online

New Inn 1824

ELHAM. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By Mr GEORGE FINNIS, at the THREE TUNS INN, in ELHAM, on ..24th May 1824, all that FREEHOLD MESSUAGE or TENEMENT, (In two dwellings,) with the large brick building formerly used as a Wine Vault, but now converted into stables; fifty perches .. of garden ground .. situate in Middle-Row, in Elham, and now in the occupation of James Rootes and Henry Crouch, as yearly tenants. K.G., 21 May 1824, 1c K.G., 15 June 1824, 4a

ACRISE --- MALICIOUS INJURY 1864

On Thursday, at Acrise (before the Rev. Charles Chapman), A Thomas Fox and A John Carswell were charged with breaking a window, the property of John Gibson, of Acrise. Prosecutor's wife 51 stated that about half-past five o'clock in the afternoon of the 12th inst., she was getting her children's supper, when she was alarmed by a large stone being thrown against the front door. She ran to the door, thinking it was a gun discharged, and intended to lock the door, least anyone should attempt to enter. Before she could get to the door a stone came through the window. She ran across the garden to call her husband, and she then saw the defendant sitting on a style, near. She asked him his name and be refused to tell her. Her husband came and secured the defendant Fox who was close by. He said he did not do it, but refused to say who the other defendant was. The two were in company and no one else was seen there at the time. Defendants were each fined 6d. and costs 8s. 3d. Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 20 December 1864