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Launched 09/04/2011

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Graveyard Memorial Inscriptions
What's in the database
11712 People
6507 Demography entries
2403 Events
1293 Marriages
414 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

Prominent Sportsman Leaves 1947

Mr. L. J. Leckie, B.Sc., Hon. Secretary of Kent Amateur League, well-known referee, a member of the K. C. F. A. Council, and well-known sportsman, who came to Aylesham County Modern School 14 years ago, and was Senior master for 10 years, was appointed Headmaster of Elham School on January 1st this year. He continued to reside in Aylesham until this week, when he went to the Old School House, Elham. Mr. and Mrs. Leckie's many friends wish them every happiness in their new home. Dover Express - Friday 21 November 1947

SUICIDEOF A BRICKLAYER 1898

The East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esq.) held an inquest on Friday, at the Rose and Crown Inn, Elham, on the body or James John Richards, bricklayer, aged 49. (Probably only 46) Deceased was found hanging to a tree in Collis Wood, Elham, by some children, who told a policeman, who proceeded to the place and found deceased was dead. —The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide whilst of unsound mind.' Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 22 October 1898

Farmers' Market 2008

The first Elham Farmers’ Market was held in the Triangle. It was opened by the oldest and youngest residents in the village: villagers Mrs Evelyn London, 97, Mr Alec Gasson, 95, and Jack Hobbs, three months old. With an age gap spanning more than 95 years, these residents celebrated the return of a regular market to this historic village, for the first time since about 1830. The future Edward 1 granted a market charter to Elham in 1251 and the market continued to operate until about 1830. Elham in Business conceived the farmers’ market as a way of keeping and generating business for the benefit of the local community. Local residents have been directly involved in resurrecting the market, either through the management committee or by volunteering to help set up and take down the market. Elham Farmers’ Market adheres to the principles of quality local food for local people, available in season and at realistic prices, and with the added environmental benefits of reducing food miles. The most local producers are Gatehouse Farm in North Elham and Elham gardeners who sell their surplus veg, fruit and flowers. The market attracts an average 200 customers (local and passing trade) and there are about 10 stalls selling fruit and veg, bread, eggs, jams and chutneys, cakes, game, meat, cheese, plants, chocolate and occasional crafts. Elham Farmers' Market