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

Foot and mouth 1927

The disease broke out at Water Farm. All the clovenhoof cattle, sheep and pigs had to be destroyed and burnt. "It was a terrible disaster for the farmer, as he had a large herd of milking cows and a great number of sheep. Mr Fred Smith, my butcher friend and slaughter man was asked to help. It was the first time he had used a humane gun. They were just being brought into use at the time." Memoires of Bill Watson

A Wonderful Record 1935

The Rev. Alard de Bourbel, for the past 34 years the Vicar of Elham, preached to large congregations on Sunday for the last time as Vicar. There are many who feel that his leaving the parish means the loss of a true friend, but wish him health and happiness in the rest he has richly earned. Mr de Bourbel has been a most faithful parish priest, carrying out his duties with dignity and real devotion, and with constant thought for those in his care, while never hesitating to condemn what he knew to be wrong. By his generosity, the Church of St. Mary has been greatly enriched, without in any way robbing the 12th century building of its beauty.Mr de Bourbel had asked that it might be made as easy for him as possible to sever the ties that bound him so intimately to the village, and so the presentation of a cheque, with an album containing the list of subscribers, was made in the vestry after evensong on Sunday by Mr F. L. Crawford, the Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council.Preaching on Sunday morning, the Vicar took his text from 1 Corinthians 3, 13. He said that there were solemn occasions in our lives that were a beginning or an ending….. ?Kentish Gazette