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The History of Kent
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History of Elham
Elham comes from the Anglian word ‘ēl’ meaning an ‘eel’ with ‘hamm’ as ‘land hemmed
in by water or marsh, a river meadow’; therefore ‘hemmed-
After the Conquest, William I granted the Elham estates to his half-
Elham parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin, and dates from the 12th Century. There are later additions to the building, including the North and South Aisles, added in the 13th Century, a chapel on the North side in the 14th Century and the 15th Century tower with a north porch-
Baroness Orczy, who wrote The Scarlet Pimpernel, based her hero on a man who regularly stopped and dined at the Rose and Crown, in Elham, while waiting for a fresh horse before continuing his race to France to rescue another aristocrat.
Elham railway station opened, on the South Eastern Railway’s, Elham Valley Line, on 4 July 1887. Southern Railway ceased passenger services on 1 December 1940, with complete closure on 1 October 1947.