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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

Rose & Crown c 1514

1480-1520. Timber. Within a large post-medieval building is a 2-bay lower-end cross wing, with speres dividing it from former open hall to N. and for division into 2 service rooms entered by doorways between the two rooms, at S. side of the wing, away from the hall. Reason for this is probably that 1 smoke-blackened rafter pair to S. of wing and at right angles indicates former presence of kitchen beyond wing: the doorway will have enabled it to be entered from either of the 2 conventional service rooms. Collar-rafter roof. R.C.H.M. A Gazetteer of Medieval Houses in Kent, second impression, 1996

Thomas Thompson 1751

He applied from America to the S.P.G. to be appointed by them the (apparently first) missionary to Africa. " Somebody must be the first one," he said, and " God only knows how long it may be before any other person will take the same resolution." He was appointed 15th Feb Internet archive

Mick Hogben 2011

George Michael (Mick) Hogben died on 23rd February, after struggling against illness for many years.

Born at North Elham, Mick's first job after leaving Elham School was at Elham Bakery, which then had five or six vans on the road. As Mick never learned to drive, he had eventually to find another job, and most of his working life was spent at the War Department wood yard at Acrise. Day after day, year after year, Mick walked the three miles there and back, right up to his retirement. Though not a natural athlete, Mick was a surprisingly aggressive table tennis player, but later turned to the gentler short mat bowls and enjoyed that and the visit to the Rose & Crown afterwards. Never a heavy drinker, Mick enjoyed the sociability of all three village pubs, recently in the corner seat at the King's Arms.

I wrote a article about the history of Friendly Societies in the Newsletter of October 1991, which ended: "Here in Elham, the New Inn had a Sick Club (as opposed to a simple Christmas Club) longer than any other local pub, thanks largely to the energy and enthusiasm of Mick Hogben." I'm glad that I recorded that for posterity, but it is just one example of the extraordinarily unstinting way that Mick gave of his time and talents in the service of our community.

To many of us Mick seemed a most unlikely Father Christmas, but he did the job very well indeed over many years, and both parents and children have fond memories of him in that role. When he was in his Santa costume, Mick couldn't be on the door or at the gate, but at one time if you went to a fête or coffee morning, and Mick wasn't there to take your pennies, you'd wonder what was amiss. As Mick's mobility grew less, this sedentary task seemed ideal for him, but it was never enough for Mick, and if money was needed and when was it not, for the school, the hall, or whatever, he would get himself sponsored and stretch himself to the limit, for instance walking round and round the Gore, when walking itself was a trial.

A full chapel at Barham Crematorium for his funeral was testament to the regard in which he was held by the village. It was good too that he was remembered at the first Elham Farmers' Market of 2011, as he had been its most loyal supporter, right up to the last market of 2010.

Derek Boughton