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Launched 09/04/2011

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Graveyard Memorial Inscriptions
What's in the database
11698 People
6476 Demography entries
2391 Events
1276 Marriages
413 Properties
412 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

SAD AND FATAL ACCIDENT 1870

We regret to hear that Mr. Harris, assistant to Dr. Beadles, of Elham, was thrown from his horse on Wednesday afternoon and killed instantaneously. The deceased had been to a patient at "Worlds Wonder" Farm, and was proceeding homewards when he met with his death. He was esteemed and respected by his friends and patients, although he had been in Elham but a short time. An inquest was subsequently held before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., when after hearing the evidence the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death." Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 16 April 1870

The Chequer 1829

Lease for a Year, 4th November, and Conveyance 5th November: Susannah Morris, widow, Ann Morris, spinster, and William Henry Morris, grocer, all of Canterbury, heirs of Henry Morris of Canterbury, grocer, under his will of 12th August 1828 (and mortgagees), to William Pittock of Elham, surgeon, for £300. Occupiers listed: Thomas Dray, -- Lampart, , Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Lawson, William Lawson, William Bragg.

Inquest 1875

ELHAM. INQUEST,—An inquest was held on Wednesday by T. T. Delasaux, Esq., county coroner, on the body of Thomas White, who met his death by being knocked down by the rod of a cart. It appeared that a horse and cart was heard to be going very fast along the road on Saturday evening, and upon Mr. Roots, farmer, going in the direction he found the deceased lying in the road. A surgeon was sent for, and upon Mr. Bishop arriving, he discovered that the deceased had received a lacerated wound from the left ear to the left eye down the bone. His blade-bone was fractured, and several of his ribs were found to be broken, and had been driven into the deceased's lungs, which caused his death. The deceased told the surgeon that he thought he should die, and made a statement to the effect that the horses were frightened and ran away. He tried to catch hold of the reins, when the point of one of the rods struck him in the back and knocked him down insensible. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death." Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 16 October 1875