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Launched 09/04/2011

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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

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

Frederick Castle dies 1997

Born in Elham, Frederick became a schoolmaster in Bath Somerset and played first-class cricket for Somerset County Cricket Club in the school holidays for the four summers immediately after the Second World War. He also played football for Crystal Palace F.C. Cricinfo

William Booth 1946

His father was the local policeman for Elham and it was there that Bill spent his childhood - which included appearing in Raising a Riot in 1955, for which he was paid by Kenneth More himself. Soon after leaving school he decided to join the Parachute Regiment after seeing them drop into a local field on his way to school. After serving in the military for nearly a decade, Bill retired to Dorset and set up his own aviation company, obtaining a pilot's licence on the way. His first wife's premature death from cancer was a huge shock to him, but afterwards he met and married Jane Tranter, with whom he had a son. He continued to work in the aviation industry - which included some work for the local police force, as well as engaging in other work centered around his background. Bill worked with his son Richard on a D-Day documentary during March 2002, which was shot on location in Northern France. It proved to be the first time that father and son had been able to work together on a film project and the end result won an award at Canford School in Dorset. Afterwards Bill and and his son shared ideas whilst Richard was writing what would eventually become his feature film debut, Live for the Moment. In November 2003, however, Bill was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer which had spread to his liver and lungs; he was given a year to live. Sadly, after three failed chemotherapy treatments, Bill succumbed to the disease in May 2004, four months before Live for the Moment was released. The Internet Movie Database