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Welcome to the Elham Historical Society database website. Feel free to browse and uncover the history of Elham. Our dedicated team of historians has 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 on 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 (neé Rushton) 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
George V Playing Field

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

Rose & Crown 1729

Probate Inventory of Thomas Monger, late of Elham, victualler, intestate, 21 November 1729. Kitchen, Fore-Parlour, Hall, Back Parlour, Maid’s Chamber, Justice Room, Seal Chamber, Rose Chamber, Brewhouse, Buttery, Cellar. Inventory total £74-19-7. The house is fully furnished, and there are 15 pint pots, 12 quart pots, and 17 glasses. There is a copper valued at £1-5-0, and a pipe kiln, in the brewhouse, but there is no beer or wine listed at all. He would appear to have ceased trading since providing the churchwardens with wine earlier in the year. The inventory was shown in court on the following day, 22 November. Edward Maytham must have taken over soon after. CKS: PRC 11/79/46:

Thomas Thompson 1751

He applied from America to the S.P.G. to be appointed by them the (apparently first) missionary to Africa. " Somebody must be the first one," he said, and " God only knows how long it may be before any other person will take the same resolution." He was appointed 15th Feb Internet archive

Raising A Riot 1955

Filmed in Elham and featuring Bill Booth, son of PC William Wellington Boot. The same Kenneth More who is appearing as the legless airman, Douglas Bader, in the current British film "Reach for the Sky," is also in "Raising a Riot," which came to the Seventy-second Street Playhouse yesterday. Only in the latter British comedy, his character is in full possession of all his limbs and is called upon to use them adroitly in a variety of farcical ways.

As the father of three healthy children whom he alone has to tend while his wife (and their mother) is in Canada, he runs a long gamut of routines designed to show how little a father realizes the household problems a mother has to bear.

Perhaps "run" is not precisely the right word. A distinct characteristic of this film is its leisurely build-up of incidents and its sometimes a bit too casual pace. The first half of it seems spent entirely by Mr. More preparing food for his brood of ravenous youngsters who inhabit a remodeled windmill with him on the south-of-England downs.

Somehow the authors, Ian Dalrymple, Hugh Perceval and James Matthews, believe that there is still some comedy to be developed in a man discovering that spinach shrinks when boiled or that cooked meat shouldn't be left where it can be reached by the family dog. And it is with such comedy material that Mr. More moves through the first half of the film.

The second half gets a little more deeply into child psychology and a slight involvement with a young lady neighbor who takes a shine to the struggling dad. But it doesn't move any faster. It still holds that casual pace. And the wind-up hits no more of a climax than has occurred several times in the film.

Withal, it makes agreeable entertainment. Mr. More is a comical chap, particularly when he has a dog to cope with, as he had in the memorable "Genevieve." And his three youngsters in this minor frolic—the charming girl called Mandy, who played in "Crash of Silence," Gary Billings and Fusty Bentine—are entirely tolerable kids. Jan Miller is pretty as the milkmaid and Ronald Squire is properly grumpy as Grampy. The English downs and fishing villages are bright in color.

"Raising a Riot" is an amiable little film.

Bill Booth


What's in the database
11714 People
6513 Demography entries
2409 Events
1293 Marriages
415 Properties
417 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
George W Palmer
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

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Les Ames in action
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Swing Riots of 1830 recounted by Derek Boughton our local expert historian.

Les Ames for England v West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica 1930 or 1935. WK Ivan Barrow watches on.

Audrey Hepburn attended private schools in the village and dreamed of being a ballerina. I wonder what became of her?

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1871 VIOLENCE JUSTLY PUNISHED