Launched 09/04/2011

Latest update

22/05/2019 16:10

Graveyard Memorial Inscriptions
What's in the database
11698 People
6492 Demography entries
2402 Events
1287 Marriages
413 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
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 well. known inhabitant of Elharn passed away last week in the person of “Dr. Cresswell." Although he had no diploma, yet he had a most extensive practice, among farmers, and labouring classes. His reputation reached every part of East Kent, and some astonishing cures have been reported under his treatment. Such was his reputation for skill, that several held his abilities in great reverence, and would trust in no other than Dr. Cresswell, who was in many things a most eccentric man. A large number who placed implicit faith in his skill will mourn his loss. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 13 April 1889

England cap 1953

Elham resident Derek Ufton was awarded his only England cap against a team from the Rest of Europe. England 4 (Mullen 2, Mortensen, Ramsey) Rest of Europe 4 (Boniperti 2, Kubala 2)

England: Merrick, Ramsey, Eckersley, W Wright (capt.), Ufton, Dickinson, S Matthews, Mortensen, Lofthouse, Quixall, Mullen

ROE: Zemen, Navarro, Hanappi, Cajkowski, Posipal, Ocwirk (capt.), Boniperti, Kubala, Nordahl, Vukas, Zebec, Beara

England Players


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