Visit Faversham and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Faversham, Kent, a historic town, which, after a period of apparent neglect, realized its heritage. Timely preservation has enabled the town to boast of a fine collection of memorials of its past. There were settlements here in prehistoric times and the Romans and Anglo-Saxons both established villages, and Faversham enjoyed considerable importance in medieval times. The town claims one of the largest collections of municipal charters of any city or town in Britain, some dating back more than 700 years; one bears the date 1252. A number are kept in the town archives in the Municipal Council chambers and may be seen by those interested.
For more than a quarter of a mile, from the Guildhall, both sides of Abbey Street are lined with buildings largely of the Tudor and Stuart periods, though many of them have Georgian fronts. However, the original architecture of most of them is evident, making this a somewhat unusual street. with its more than 50 “listed buildings”, for so large a town, which is a port and primarily commercial. A historic house is No. 80, which was the home of Thomas Arden. who was mayor in 1547 and who was murdered by his wife and her lover during his term of office. The incident became the basis of an anonymous play, Arden of Faversham (c. 1586), described by many as the forerunner of the popular domestic drama of the English stage.
At the head of Abbey Street is Market Place, a small square with the Guildhall in the centre. The original Tudor guildhall was demolished early in the 19th century but the pillars and arches which supported it were retained, and the new hall of 1814 was built over them. On all sides of the Market Place are old buildings, mostly dating from Tudor or Stuart times. One was formerly an inn, the Queen's Arms, and here James II was held prisoner for several days after his capture by Faversham fishermen when he tried to flee the country in 1688.
The parish church, St Mary of Charity, is a cruciform building which contains some Norman arches and windows, much Early English work, good 15th-century stalls, as well as intricately carved misericords which are among the finest in the country. A coloured octagonal pillar is adorned with early l4th-century frescoes. The steeple, built in 1797, is a copy of Wren's St Dunstan's-in-the-East.
About 100 yds away, along a footpath, is the Masonic Hall, a Tudor building which was formerly the Grammar School. The school is now housed in modern buildings opposite.
Close by the town is Judd's Folly Hill, believed to have been the site of the Roman town and fort of Durolevum. Finds made in King's Field, now a part of the town playing fields, indicate that this was the site of the Anglo-Saxon village.
Ospringe church dates from early Norman times and has two Norman doorways, and 13th-century arches; the tower is modern. The massive font is also Norman.
At Davington the parish church was formerly the l2th-century nave of Davington Priory, dissolved in 1535. It has several Norman features, including the tower and west doorway. The house called Davington Priory is a private residence which incorporates parts of the cloisters and frater of the original priory, founded in 1153 for Benedictine nuns. Another old church is St Catherine's at Preston, which has been restored and enlarged twice, but retains Early English and 14th century work.
Nearby cities: Canterbury
Nearby towns: Ashford, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Whitstable
Nearvy villages: Badlesmere, Bapchild, Blean, Boughton Street, Charing, Chartham, Chilham, Crundale, Eastchurch, Eastling, Elmley, Faversham, Godmersham, Graveney, Hernehill, Iwade, Leaveland, Leysdown, Luddenham, Lynsted, Milton Regis, Molash, Murston, Oare, Ospringe, Otterden, Petham, Queenborough, Seasalter, Selling, Stalisfield, Teynham, Thannington, Tonge, Wichling
Have you decided to visit Faversham or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Faversham bed and breakfast (a Faversham B&B or Faversham b and b)
- a Faversham guesthouse
- a Faversham hotel (or motel)
- a Faversham self-catering establishment, or
- other Faversham accommodation