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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

A KHAKI WEDDING 1902

The first wedding solemnised in Ashford parish church this year was that between Corporal Edward Nicholas Wakefield, Royal Engineers, third son of the late Mr. Edmond Wakefield, blacksmith, Elham, and Miss Maggie Rate Mortimer, daughter of Mr. W. Mortimer, of Ashford, and late of the Royal Engineers. The marriage was performed by the Rev. E. W. Winstanley." The bride was attired in khaki, and the bridegroom in scarlet, while the bride's sister wore a scarlet costume, and the best man, the brother of the bridegroom, in the khaki uniform of the Imperial Yeomanry. Corporal Wakefield has lately returned from South Africa, where he went through the Natal campaign with General Buller: Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 11 January 1902

New Inn 1895

8 November Bushell & Co. of Westerham now believed to be the owners. Bushell Watkins & Smith, at the Westerham brewery remained owners till c 1950. Their other (relatively) local outlets were The Olive Branch, Buttermarket, and The New Inn, Havelock Street, Canterbury, and the Clarendon, Tontine Street, Folkestone. CKS: U47/3, Elham Manor Court Roll

WHISKY WITHOUT DOCTOR'S CERTIFICATE 1921

At the Seabrook Hythe Petty Sessions on Thursday a summons under the Liquor Control Regulations was heard against Mr. H. W. Selby Lowndes, Master of the East Kent Fox Hounds, and Mr. Donald Murdoch, of the Kennels, for consuming intoxicating liquor on licensed premises at 11.20 a.m., and against Mr. J. D. Law licensee of the “ New " Inn, Elham and his wife for supplying the same. Mr. Rutley Mowll appeared for the defence and stated that Mr. and Mrs. Law were too old to appear. Mr. Selby Lowndes did not appear. P.C. King, stationed at Elham, said that at 11.20 a.m. on 29th March, he visited the "New Inn," Elham, and went in, by the back door, into the bar parlour where he saw Mr. Lownes and Mr. Murdoch each with a glass of whisky in their hands. As he stepped into the room Mr. Lowndes drank up his whisky. Witness said " What is the meaning of this?" Mrs. Law, who had followed him into the room, said I am so sorry Mr. King," and began to cry. She said Mr. Selby Lowndes asked her to serve him because he felt so poorly after the races the day before. She asked witness not to report the matter and added that her husband was not well. She also said Mr. Selby Lowndes was looking so queer that she felt he ought to be given something. Witness pointed out that he should have had a doctor's certificate and Mrs. Law said there was not time. Mr. Lowndee then said: "It is entirely my fault King, I asked her to serve me. I felt so poorly and I asked for a whisky and soda. Be a good fellow and do not report it. I will give something to the hospital." Mr. Murdoch had placed his glass of whisky inside his coat and pulled his jacket over it. He had to more his right hand to get to his handkerchief and witness asked him what was the matter. He replied: 'All right King, I had one also; you can have one also." Mrs. Law made the remark "King does not drink." Mr. Murdoch then drank the rest of his whisky and asked witness not to report it. Mr. Ridley Mowll, addressing the Bench, said that the licensee was in bed ill at the time. There was no proof that the defendants were drinking whisky. P.C. King did not smell the contents of the glasses and there was such a thing as "pulling a man's leg..." The Bench retired to consider their decision, and on their return, the Chairmen said that Mr. Lowndes and Mr. Murdoch would be fined £'10 each, Mrs. Law £1, and Mir Law 5s. They did not think the case should be brought up by the Police at the next Annual Licensing Sessions. Dover Express - Friday 22 April 1921