Launched 09/04/2011

Latest update

17/10/2020 12:17

Elham Post
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


Dr. Creswell concluded his term of imprisonment in St. Augustine's gaol on Tuesday in last week, and upon his release' met with a somewhat remarkable demonstration. It seems that a two-horse load of his friends had been conveyed from Elham to Canterbury early in the morning, and they awaited the appearance of the doctor in the vicinity of the gaol. Immediately upon Dr. Creswell passing the gaol gate he was vigorously cheered by his friends and escorted to a carriage and four horses which had been in waiting. This was driven off amid cheers, his progress being heralded by the blowing of a post-horn. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 24 July 1880


PUBLICAN'S DEATH—On the 27th ult. a telegram was received at Elham stating that Mr. Arthur Lonsdale Dolby, landlord of the "Rose and Crown" Hotel, Elham, had passed away suddenly at Boulogne, whither be had proceeded (apparently in good health) on the previous day. His wife at once proceeded to France where the interment took place. The late Mr. Dolby took up his residence in Elham a few months ago. Dover Express - Friday 09 September 1921


A BOY DROWNED IN A WELL.—On Monday the County Coroner, T. T. Delasaux., Esq., held an inquest at the Palm Tree Inn on the body of William Thomas Keeler, aged seven years, who was drowned by falling down a well. It appeared that the mother of the deceased went out for a few minutes and left the deceased in charge of two other children, one three years old and the other twenty-three days. On her return the deceased was missing, and on going to the well she saw him at the bottom. She immediately called assistance, and Charles Fagg and Charles Stokes came, and the latter went down, but the rope being rotten broke, and he was nearly drowsed. Another rope was obtained, and Stokes succeeded in bringing the deceased up, but he was then quite dead. There were from forty to fifty feet of water in the well, and when the deceased was first seen by Fagg he was alive, and answered him. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 11 May 1878