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Launched 09/04/2011

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Graveyard Memorial Inscriptions
What's in the database
11713 People
6513 Demography entries
2404 Events
1293 Marriages
415 Properties
415 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
George W Palmer
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

An Old Lady’s Fatal Fall 1902

The East Kent Coroner (Mr. R. M. Mercer) held an inquest at the King’s Head, Elham, on Tuesday, touching the death of Mary Whitnall, aged 89—It appeared that on Tuesday the 15th inst. when Richard Whitnall, a son, got up to have his breakfast he found deceased lying on the door downstairs where she slept. The deceased died on Sunday the 23rd at 5 a.m. Mr. Percy Charles Burgess, surgeon at Elham, was called in to see the deceased on Tuesday the 18th and found her in bed in a collapsed condition. There was an abrasion on the side of both lags and on the side of the head. The deceased had been some hours on the floor, and it was a cold night. Death in the surgeon's opinion was due to shock from the fall and exposure and senile decay.—The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 01 March 1902

Mr. T.Goatman 1933

The son of Mr. T. Goatman, of Elham (the home of Leslie Ames) has been invited to play for the Kent 2nd XI. The County invitation followed a match between Broadstairs and Kent Club and Ground XI, when young Goatman made 61 not out, the only double-figured score for Broadstairs. He is in the Ramsgate Police. Dover Express - Friday 04 August 1933

Farmers' Market 2008

The first Elham Farmers’ Market was held in the Triangle. It was opened by the oldest and youngest residents in the village: villagers Mrs Evelyn London, 97, Mr Alec Gasson, 95, and Jack Hobbs, three months old. With an age gap spanning more than 95 years, these residents celebrated the return of a regular market to this historic village, for the first time since about 1830. The future Edward 1 granted a market charter to Elham in 1251 and the market continued to operate until about 1830. Elham in Business conceived the farmers’ market as a way of keeping and generating business for the benefit of the local community. Local residents have been directly involved in resurrecting the market, either through the management committee or by volunteering to help set up and take down the market. Elham Farmers’ Market adheres to the principles of quality local food for local people, available in season and at realistic prices, and with the added environmental benefits of reducing food miles. The most local producers are Gatehouse Farm in North Elham and Elham gardeners who sell their surplus veg, fruit and flowers. The market attracts an average 200 customers (local and passing trade) and there are about 10 stalls selling fruit and veg, bread, eggs, jams and chutneys, cakes, game, meat, cheese, plants, chocolate and occasional crafts. Elham Farmers' Market