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11686 People
6463 Demography entries
2364 Events
1266 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
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

Sir John Williams 1653 - 1723

2nd Baronet of Elham. He left his house in the Square and some land to establish a Charity School for six boys from the village. Sir John's father, Dr. Thomas Williams had purchased the Manor of Elham as a country venue. Thomas became a chymical physician to Charles II and later to James II. Charles's method of paying his doctor's bill was by heaping profitable sinecures on him — Assay-Master of the Mint , Examiner in Bankruptcy , Receiver-General of Land Revenues , etc.; all of which brought great wealth to Williams. Sir John's grandfather on his mother's side was John Hogbeane (now Hogben) c1600 Elham, a barrister at law. He and Mary had five girls and the baronetcy passed to his nephew Sir David Williams.

H.M.S. Hythe Sinks 1915

Press Bureau, Saturday. The Secretary of the Admiralty makes the following announcement: During the night of 28th-29th inst. H.M.S Hythe, auxiliary sweeper (Lieutenant-Comander Arthur H. Bird, R.N.R.) was sunk after being in collision with another of H.M..ships off the Gallipoli Peninsula. At the time of the collision she had on board about 250 men in addition to her crew‘; 100 are reported missing. Western Times 1st November 1915


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