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Launched 09/04/2011

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Graveyard Memorial Inscriptions
What's in the database
11691 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

Caleb Caister 1833

Caister's Tavern ca.1845-1854. Caleb Caister came from Elham in England to Oxford County in 1833. In 1836 he settled on this site, cleared farmland and built a one storey log dwelling. This dwelling was his family home but also served as an inn and tavern. Until 1848, when what is now Tavistock was established, Caister's home was the only public accommodation in north-central Oxford County for pioneers moving along the Huron Road and thence southerly into the Zorra settlement. By the 1840's Caister held an official municipal licence and a survey map of the time shows that his log dwelling was known in this locality as Caister's Tavern. Location: East side of HWY 59 south of the curve south from Tavistock (East Zorra-Tavistock) 597112 Oxford 59 RD Tavistock, ON Canada plaques

The Chequer 1829

Lease for a Year, 4th November, and Conveyance 5th November: Susannah Morris, widow, Ann Morris, spinster, and William Henry Morris, grocer, all of Canterbury, heirs of Henry Morris of Canterbury, grocer, under his will of 12th August 1828 (and mortgagees), to William Pittock of Elham, surgeon, for £300. Occupiers listed: Thomas Dray, -- Lampart, , Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Lawson, William Lawson, William Bragg.

ACRISE --- MALICIOUS INJURY 1864

On Thursday, at Acrise (before the Rev. Charles Chapman), A Thomas Fox and A John Carswell were charged with breaking a window, the property of John Gibson, of Acrise. Prosecutor's wife 51 stated that about half-past five o'clock in the afternoon of the 12th inst., she was getting her children's supper, when she was alarmed by a large stone being thrown against the front door. She ran to the door, thinking it was a gun discharged, and intended to lock the door, least anyone should attempt to enter. Before she could get to the door a stone came through the window. She ran across the garden to call her husband, and she then saw the defendant sitting on a style, near. She asked him his name and be refused to tell her. Her husband came and secured the defendant Fox who was close by. He said he did not do it, but refused to say who the other defendant was. The two were in company and no one else was seen there at the time. Defendants were each fined 6d. and costs 8s. 3d. Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 20 December 1864