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Launched 09/04/2011

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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

A FATAL FALL 1869

On. Tuesday last, an inquest was held at the "Rose and Crown," before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., Coroner, touching the death of John Knowler, farm labourer, aged 79 years, who, on the previous day, fell from a strew-stack, and died from the injuries sustained. Thomas Couchman said that he was at work with the deceased at the farm of Mr. Woollett, loading a waggon with straw. Deceased was on the stack throwing the bundles to witness, when he fell, striking his head upon the wheel of the waggon. He died almost immediately afterwards. Mr. Herbert Beadles, surgeon, proved that the result of a post mortem examination made by him was the discovery of the fracture of a vertibrae in the head, the pressure from which produced death. A verdict of accidental death was returned. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 06 February 1869

Tragic accident at Three Tuns 1802

Monday se’nnight as a daughter of Mr Rigden at the Three Tons in Elham, was standing near the fire, a spark flew upon her clothes, which immediately caught into a flame, and burnt her in so dreadful a manner that she died in the course of the day. K.G., 23 April 1802, 4d

FATAL ACCIDENT 1871

On Thursday last an inquest was held at the parish of Elham, before Coroner Delasaux. on the body of Benjamin Keeler, who was accidentally strangled. George Pitcher, of Elham, said: The deceased was in my service as waggoner's mate, and aged eighteen years. On Tuesday last at about ten minutes past ten I looked out of my front door and saw something in the stable unusual. I went there and found the deceased hanging by a piece of rope which was used to get off the bin. The rope had four strands with a knot at the bottom. The head of the deceased was in the rope and he was insensible. I cut him down, and I believe it was purely an accident. I have every reason to believe it was unintentional. The deceased was alone.—Herbert Beadles, surgeon, of Elham, said: I was sent for on Tuesday night to attend the deceased, whom I found dead. I examined the body and found a deep dark mark in the front part of the neck, such as would be made by a rope as described by the last witness, and I cannot see any reason to believe it was otherwise than an accident.—The jury returned a verdict of " Accidental Death." Whitstable Times 29th July 1871