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Graveyard Memorial Inscriptions
What's in the database
11692 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

Cyril Parkinson 1950

Former Elham resident Cyril Parkinson was appointed Raffles Professor of History at the newly-established University of Malaya in Singapore. While there, he initiated an important series of historical monographs on the history of Malaya, publishing the very first of the series in 1960. A movement developed in the mid-1950s to establish two campuses, one in Kuala Lumpur and one in Singapore. Parkinson actively attempted to persuade the authorities to avoid dividing the university, but to maintain it to serve both Singapore and Malaya in Johor Bahru. His efforts were unsuccessful and the two campuses were established in 1959. The original Singapore campus, where Parkinson taught, later became the University of Singapore

The Chequer 1741

Given to a Travelling Woman that was Sick at the Chequer in Want 4 0 Given to the Widow Gilbert for Looking after the sick Woman at the Chequer 1 0 Given to the Woman when she went away for a pair of Shoes 3 6 CCA: U3/22, Overseers’ Accounts

A FRACAS AT THE NEW INN 1865

Thomas File, of Elham, appeared to a summons for assaulting Sergeant Koy, K.C.C., at Elham, on the 3Ist May last. Some disturbance took place at the New Inn, Elham, on that night, and the police were called in. Sergeant Koy seized a man there named Henry Castle, and was struggling with him in the passage to get him out of the door, when the defendant went up behind him and knocked his cap off, The sergeant managed to get Castle out of doors, and the defendant then again got behind him, and struck him twice with his fist, and ran away. Defendant was fined 10s. and 14s. costs.—Thomas Castle, a brother of Henry Castle, was charged with resisting the police in the execution of their duty, at the same time, and was fined 5s. and 9s. costs.—Henry Castle was also charged with assaulting at the same time, Mr. 'Jesse Godden, the land-lord of the New Inn. Defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and 10s. costs. Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 06 June 1865