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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

Blue Vinny 2004

Restaurant opens and is a subject of the Channel 4 series Risking It All. In Series 2 Episode 2 it follows Steve and Lindsay for 16 months as they battle to keep their restaurant afloat. Millionaire Martin Webb battles to pass on his entrepreneurial know-how to a pair of novices who gamble everything they own on opening their own upmarket restaurant in Kent. But with absolutely no catering experience and facing stiff competition, can Steve Butcher and Lindsay McNally live the dream? Steve's passion for the project is infectious. Originally the village bakery the Victorian building now has a stylish modern interior with colourful abstract works of art, polished tables, linen napkins and comfortable leather chairs. Channel 4

Natural Death 1852

On Thursday last, Mr. Delasaux held an inquest at Elham on the body of Ann Keeler, who died suddenly. Her mother Hannah Webb, an aged woman, called in to see her the previous day, and while talking to her, she suddenly fell forward into the grate, from which her mother immediately lifted her, and obtained assistance. She was found dead. Verdict—“Natural Death.” Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 27 April 1852

The Danger of "Larking" 1871

On Tuesday last an inquest was held at Elham, before Mr. Coroner Delasaux, on the body of Frances Palmer, aged 17, who died from the effects of an accident on the preview Sunday. Mr. Hubert Beadles, surgeon, said the deceased had been in his service as nursemaid, On Friday, the 13th instant, she was rather poorly. and gradually became worse till the 16 th, when inflammation of the brain and lungs set in, and she died on Sunday, the 22nd.—Emma Lewis, a fellow-servant of deceased, said that on Wednesday, the 11th instant, the deceased was sitting on a chair, when Stephen Ottaway, a lad of about 14 years of age, pulled the chair from under her, and she fell, striking her head against the chair. It was done for a " lark " and not with a view to causing her any injury.—The jury returned a verdict of " Accidental Death." Whitstable Times Saturday 04 November 1871