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Graveyard Memorial Inscriptions
What's in the database
11704 People
6493 Demography entries
2403 Events
1291 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

An Old Lady’s Fatal Fall 1902

The East Kent Coroner (Mr. R. M. Mercer) held an inquest at the King’s Head, Elham, on Tuesday, touching the death of Mary Whitnall, aged 89—It appeared that on Tuesday the 15th inst. when Richard Whitnall, a son, got up to have his breakfast he found deceased lying on the door downstairs where she slept. The deceased died on Sunday the 23rd at 5 a.m. Mr. Percy Charles Burgess, surgeon at Elham, was called in to see the deceased on Tuesday the 18th and found her in bed in a collapsed condition. There was an abrasion on the side of both lags and on the side of the head. The deceased had been some hours on the floor, and it was a cold night. Death in the surgeon's opinion was due to shock from the fall and exposure and senile decay.—The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 01 March 1902

SUICIDEOF A BRICKLAYER 1898

The East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esq.) held an inquest on Friday, at the Rose and Crown Inn, Elham, on the body or James John Richards, bricklayer, aged 49. (Probably only 46) Deceased was found hanging to a tree in Collis Wood, Elham, by some children, who told a policeman, who proceeded to the place and found deceased was dead. —The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide whilst of unsound mind.' Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 22 October 1898

ACRISE --- MALICIOUS INJURY 1864

On Thursday, at Acrise (before the Rev. Charles Chapman), A Thomas Fox and A John Carswell were charged with breaking a window, the property of John Gibson, of Acrise. Prosecutor's wife 51 stated that about half-past five o'clock in the afternoon of the 12th inst., she was getting her children's supper, when she was alarmed by a large stone being thrown against the front door. She ran to the door, thinking it was a gun discharged, and intended to lock the door, least anyone should attempt to enter. Before she could get to the door a stone came through the window. She ran across the garden to call her husband, and she then saw the defendant sitting on a style, near. She asked him his name and be refused to tell her. Her husband came and secured the defendant Fox who was close by. He said he did not do it, but refused to say who the other defendant was. The two were in company and no one else was seen there at the time. Defendants were each fined 6d. and costs 8s. 3d. Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 20 December 1864