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Elham Parish


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Elham is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Elham.  The church is named for St. Mary the Virgin with registers commencing 1566.

Elham, is a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a district in Kent.  The village stands on the river Stone, near the Elham Valley railway, 6 miles north-north-east of Hythe;  has a post office under Canterbury;  is a seat of petty sessions;  and was once a market town.  The East Valley railway was authorized in 1866, goes from Canterbury to Hythe, and has connecting branches.  The parish comprises 6,570 acres.  Real property in 1860, £7,855.  Population in 1861, 1,159.  Houses, 241.  The property is divided among a few.

The manor belonged, at the Conquest, to Earl Hugh;  and passed, through the Leybournes and others, to the Oxendens.  The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £390 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, Merton College, Oxford, under nomination by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church is early and later English.

There are a Wesleyan chapel and an endowed school, the latter with £65.

The sub-district contains also the parishes of Swingfield, Acrise, Paddlesworth, Lyminge, Stelling Minnis, Stelling, Elmsted, and Stouting.  Acres, 20,916.  Population in 1861, 3,841.  Houses, 715.

The district comprehends also the sub-district of Folkestone, containing the parishes of Folkestone, Hawkinge, and Cheriton;  and the sub-district of Hythe, containing the parishes of Hythe St. Leonard, Monkshorton, Standford, Postling, Saltwood, Newington-next-Hythe, Lympne and Sellindge.  Acres, 43,197.  Poor rates in 1862, £10,716.  Population in 1851, 18,780;  in 1861, 26,925.  Houses, 3,904.

Marriages in 1860, 149;  births, 721 of which 30 were illegitimate;  deaths, 438 of which 149 were at ages under 5 years, and 20 at ages above 85.  Marriages in the ten years 1851-1860, 1,489;  births, 6,656;  deaths, 4,017.

The places of worship in 1851 were 21 of the Church of England, with 7,075 sittings;  3 of Independents, with 620 sittings;  4 of Baptists, with 643 sittings;  1 of Quakers, with 425 sittings;  9 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 1,406 sittings;  1 of Primitive Methodists, with 60 sittings;  2 of Bible Christians, with 264 sittings;  and 1 undefined, with 144 sittings.

The schools were 25 public day schools, with 1,962 scholars;  43 private day schools, with 951 scholars;  and 26 Sunday schools, with 2,189 scholars.

The workhouse is in Lyminge.1

1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).

 

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