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Faversham is located in Kent
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Population 19,829 (2011)
OS grid reference TR015615
   – London  48 miles (77 km) 
Civil parish Faversham
District Swale
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district ME13
Dialling code 01795
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
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Coordinates: 51°19′04″N 0°53′34″E / 51.3177°N 0.8928°E / 51.3177; 0.8928

Faversham /ˈfævərʃəm/ is a market town and civil parish in the Swale district of Kent, England. The town is 48 miles from London and 10 miles from Canterbury and lies next to Faversham Creek. It is close to the Roman Watling Street, now part of the A2. The name is of Latin via Old English origin, meaning "the metal-worker's village".

There has been a settlement at Faversham since pre-Roman times, next to the ancient sea port on Faversham Creek, and archaeological evidence has shown a Roman theatre was based in the town. It was inhabited by the Saxons and mentioned in the Domesday book as Favreshant. The town was favoured by King Stephen who established Faversham Abbey, which survived until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538. Subsequently, the town became established as a centre for brewing, with the Shepherd Neame Brewery, founded in 1698, remaining a significant major employer. The town was also the centre of the explosives industry between the 17th and early 20th century.


See also: History of Kent

Early history[edit]

Faversham was established as a settlement before the Roman conquest.[1] There was extensive Roman settlement in Kent, with traffic through the Saxon Shore ports of Reculver, Richborough, Dover and Lympne converging on Canterbury before heading up Watling Street to London. Being 10 miles from Canterbury,[2] Faversham had become established on this road network by 50 AD following the initial conquest by Claudius in 43 AD.[3] In 2013, the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman theatre, able to accommodate some 12,000 people, were discovered at a hillside near the town. The cockpit-style outdoor auditorium, the first of its kind found in Britain, was a style the Romans used elsewhere in their empire on the Continent.[4]

There is archaeological evidence to suggest that Faversham was a summer capital for the Saxon kings of Kent.[5][6] It was held in royal demesne in 811, and is further cited in a charter granted by Coenwulf, the King of Mercia.[7] Coenwulf described the town as the King's little town of Fefresham,[8] while it was recorded in the Domesday Book as Favreshant.[9] The name has been documented as meaning "the metal-worker's village", which may derive from the Old English fæfere, which in turn comes from the Latin "faber" meaning "cratfsman" or "forger".[10]

Middle Ages[edit]

Faversham Abbey (ruins pictured in 1722) was established by King Stephen in 1148.

The manor was recorded as Terra Regis, meaning it was part of the ancient royal estates. King Stephen gave it to his chief lieutenant, William of Ypres, but soon made him swap it with Lillechurch (now Higham) so that the manor of Faversham could form part of the endowment of Faversham Abbey.[11]

Stephen established the abbey in 1148,[12][13] and is buried there with his consort Matilda of Boulogne, and his son, Eustace, the Earl of Boulogne.[14] Stephen favoured the town because of the abbey, and so it was historically important during his reign.[14] King John tried to give the church to Simon of Wells in 1201, but the church was owned by the monks of St Augustine's Abbey at Canterbury, who appealed to Rome and kept Simon from receiving the church.[15] Sir Thomas Culpeper was granted Faversham Abbey by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538. Most of the abbey was demolished, and the remains of Stephen were rumoured to have been thrown into Faversham Creek, which was substantiated by an excavation in 1964, which uncovered the empty graves.[14] The entrance gates survived the demolition and lasted until the mid-18th century, but otherwise only a small section of outer wall survived.[16] The abbey's masonry was taken to Calais to reinforce that town's defences against French interests.[17] In 1539, the ground upon which the abbey had stood, along with nearby land, passed to Sir Thomas Cheney, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.[16]

Among the few surviving buildings of Faversham Abbey are the two Barns at Abbey Farm. The smaller (Minor) Barn dates from 1425 and the larger (Major) Barn dates from 1476. In the farmyard of which they form part there are other listed buildings, including Abbey Farmhouse, part of which dates from the 14th century, and a small building which is thought to have been the Abbot's stable. Also surviving is the Abbey Guest House, on the east side of the Outer Gateway of the Abbey; now known as Arden's House.[18] This house, now a private residence in Abbey Street, was the location of the murder of Thomas Arden in 1551.[19] Globe House opposite is thought to have been the Abbey steward's home. The Faversham Almshouses were founded and endowed by Thomas Manfield in 1614, with additional houses being built by Henry Wright in 1823.[20]

Industrial Revolution and beyond[edit]

A delivery truck for the Faversham-based Shepherd Neame Brewery

Kent is the centre of hop-growing in England[21] and Faversham has been the home of several breweries. The Shepherd Neame Brewery was officially founded in 1698, though brewing activities in Faversham pre-date this. The brewery claims to be the oldest in Britain and continues to be family-owned.[22] The Rigden brewery was founded in the early 18th century by Edward Rigden. It subsequently merged with the Canterbury based George Beer in 1922[23] to become George Beer & Rigden before being purchased by the Maidstone based Fremlins.[24] Whitbread bought out Fremlins in 1967, and closed the Faversham brewery in 1990. The site is now a Tesco superstore.[25] The years during the First World War saw an uncertain time for the breweries. In the first instance, the scarcity of labour soon became evident from 1915, as a number of employees turned to offers of higher wages elsewhere, including the local ammunitions works.

A shipyard was established in Faversham by James Pollock & Sons (Shipbuilders) in 1916 at the request of Lord Fisher, the First Lord of The Admiralty, for manufacturing barges for landing craft.[26] Faversham already had a tradition of shipbuilding, and it soon became a major contributor to markets throughout the world. Vessels such as the Molliette and the Violette both constructed of concrete were the forerunners to over 1200 ships built and launched from Faversham between 1916 and 1969.

Abbey Street includes many historic houses.

Abbey Street and the centre of the town include a remarkable collection of original medieval houses. Some buildings adjoining Quay Lane were demolished in 1892[27] and much of the entire street was intended for demolition as recently as the 1960s, until the value of the buildings, now listed, was recognised and local people began a determined fight to restore and preserve the area. Faversham has a highly active archaeological society and a series of community archaeology projects are run every year. Most recently, evidence of the town's medieval tannery was unearthed in back gardens of one street, and evidence from the Saxon period was uncovered during the Hunt the Saxons project in 2005.

Explosives industry[edit]

Faversham was the cradle of the UK's explosives industry: it was also to become one of its main centres. The first gunpowder plant was established in the 16th century, possibly at the instigation of Faversham Abbey. With their estates and endowments monasteries were keen to invest in promising technology.

The town was well placed for the industry. It had a stream which could be dammed at intervals to provide power for watermills. On its outskirts were low-lying areas ideal for the culture of alder and willow to provide charcoal — one of the three key gunpowder ingredients. The stream fed into a tidal Creek where sulphur, another key ingredient, could be imported, and the finished product loaded for dispatch to Thames-side magazines. The port was also near the Continent where in warfare demand for the product was brisk.

The first factories were small, near the town, and alongside the stream, between the London-Dover road (now A2) and the head of the creek. By the early 18th century these had coalesced into a single plant, later to be known as the Home Works, as it was the town's first. In 1759 the British government nationalised the works, upgrading all the machinery. From this phase dates the Chart Gunpowder Mill, the oldest of its kind in the world. This was rescued from the jaws of the bulldozer, and then restored, by the Faversham Society in 1966. It is open to the public on weekends and Bank Holiday afternoons between April and the end of October.[28]

A second factory was started by Huguenot asylum-seekers, towards the end of the 17th century, and became known as the Oare Works. It became a leading supplier to the East India Company. The third and last gunpowder factory to open was the Marsh Works, built by the British government 1 km northwest of the town to augment output at its Home Works and opened in 1787. This also had access to the sea via Oare Creek.

All three gunpowder factories closed in 1934. ICI, then the owners, sensed that war might break out with Germany, and realised that Faversham would then become vulnerable to air attacks or possibly invasion. They transferred production, together with key staff and machinery, to Ardeer in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Guncotton, the first "high explosive", more useful for its destructive powers, was invented by Dr Christian Schonbein, of the University of Basel, in 1846. It was first manufactured, under licence from him, at Faversham's Marsh Works in 1847. The manufacturing process was not fully understood and on 11 a.m.[29] 14 July 1847 a serious explosion killed 21 people (18 staff), only 10 of whose bodies could be identified. Discretion being the better part of valour, the factory owners shut the plant. Guncotton was not made again in Faversham till 1873, when the Cotton Powder Company, independent of the gunpowder factories, opened a factory on a remote new site. Near Uplees, about 2.5 miles (4 km) northwest of the town centre but still within the parish, this was alongside the Swale, the deep-water channel that divides mainland Kent from the Isle of Sheppey. Deliveries of raw materials — cotton waste and sulphuric and nitric acids — could readily be made, and the product readily dispatched by water.

The factory rapidly expanded, producing new high explosives as they were formulated. Adjoining it, on the west, in 1913 an associate venture, the Explosives Loading Company, built a plant to fill bombs and shells. Both plants were high-tech, with a power station, hydraulic mains, and internal telephone and tramway systems. Together they occupied an area of 500 acres (2 km²) — almost as large as the City of London.

When the First World War started in 1914, the two factories were requisitioned by the Admiralty and armed guards were mounted. Production facilities were further expanded and many new staff recruited from Faversham and elsewhere in east Kent. Road access for the workers was poor, so the Admiralty built a metre-gauge railway to transport them from a terminus at Davington, near the Home Works, to Uplees.

On Sunday 2 April 1916, a store of TNT and ammonium nitrate (used to "stretch" the TNT) exploded. More than 100 staff were killed in this explosion and in other "sympathetic" ones that followed. It was a Sunday, so no women were at work (see below).

The owners of both Swale-side factories closed permanently in 1919. The Davington Light Railway track was lifted, and its three steam locomotives found new homes in South America, where at least one is thought to survive. The station sites at Davington and Uplees have been obliterated by development, but the route of the trackbed at Oare can be traced, and the tunnel under the road at Oare still exists.[30]

However, in 1924 a new venture, the Mining Explosives Company, opened a factory on the east side of Faversham Creek, not far from the site of Faversham Abbey — hence its Abbey Works name. Its Mexico telegraphic address led to it being known as "The Mexico" by local people. After a fatal accident in 1939 the proprietors decided to abandon the manufacture of high explosives and instead make an explosive-substitute based on a large reusable steel cartridge filled with carbon dioxide. The premises still needed to be licensed under the 1875 Explosives Act, as gunpowder was used in the initiator. Under the name Long Airdox, production continues today. Unusually, the company is owned by its main customers. Its appearance is still that of a traditional high explosive factories, with small buildings widely spaced for safety. It has one of the UK's few surviving manumotive railways.


The Arms of Faversham Town Council is based on the Royal Arms of England, alluding to the town's regal history.[31]

A charter was granted to the Mayor of Faversham, Jurats and Freemen of the Town of Faversham in 1546, and regranted 1685; the town council was established under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. The parliamentary constituency of Faversham was created for the 1885 general election and replaced by the new constituencies of Sittingbourne and Sheppey and Faversham and Mid Kent at the 1997 general election. The town has been represented by a Member of Parliament from the Conservative Party other than between 1945 and 1970. Since 2001, the constituency's MP has been Hugh Robertson of the Conservatives.[32]

Faversham is within the Swale local government district. The town contains the four electoral wards of Abbey, Davington Priory, St Ann's and Watling. These wards have seven of the forty-seven seats on Swale Council. At the 2007 Local Elections, all seven of those seats were held by the Conservatives.[33]

The town has absorbed several former civil parishes such as Buckland-by-Faversham and Faversham Without. The latter was founded in 1894 to the west of the town, but reduced to a series of exclaves by 1961 as new parishes were carved out of it such as Graveney, Luddenham, Oare and Sheldwich.


Faversham is roughly equidistant between Sittingbourne and Canterbury. It lies 48 miles (77 km) east of London, off the London-to-Dover A2 road, 18 miles (29 km) east north east of Maidstone and 9 miles (14 km) west of Canterbury. The parish holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK. 38.5C (101.3F) was recorded at the Brogdale Horticultural Trust on 10 August 2003.[34] Nearby villages include Oare across Oare Creek to the north, Luddenham, Mockbeggar and Ospringe.

The historic central area, especially the part-pedestrian parts between the station and the creek, attracts visitors, who can learn about the town's history and features at the Fleur-de-Lis centre, which provides tourist information and houses a museum. There is still a regular market several days each week in the market square where the Guildhall stands. Nearby streets feature old pubs, almshouses, shops and a growing collection of art galleries and restaurants.


Faversham Compared
2001 UK Census Faversham Swale England
Total population 17,710 122,801 49,138,831
Foreign born 3.6% 3.6% 9.2%
White 99% 98% 91%
Asian 0.5% 0.7% 4.6%
Black 0.1% 0.3% 2.3%
Christian 76% 76% 72%
Muslim 0.3% 0.4% 3.1%
Hindu 0.1% 0.2% 1.1%
No religion 15% 15% 15%
Over 65 years old 17% 16% 16%
Bachelor's degree or higher 17% 12% 20%

At the 2001 UK census, Faversham had a population of 17,710.[35]

The ethnicity of the town was 98.6% white, 0.6% mixed race, 0.1% black, 0.3% non-Chinese Asian and 0.4% Chinese or other.[35]

The place of birth of residents was 96.4% United Kingdom, 0.5% Republic of Ireland, 0.3% Germany, 0.7% other Western Europe countries, 0.4% Far East, 0.4% Africa, 0.3% North America, 0.3% South Asia, 0.3% Oceania, 0.2% Eastern Europe and 0.2% Middle East.[35]

Religion was recorded as 75.6% Christian, 0.3% Muslim, 0.1% Hindu, 0.2% Buddhist and 0.1% Jewish. 15.4% were recorded as having no religion, 0.4% had an alternative religion and 7.8% did not state their religion.[35]

For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. The age distribution was 7% aged 0–4 years, 14% aged 5–15 years, 5% aged 16–19 years, 33% aged 20–44 years, 24% aged 45–64 years and 17% aged 65 years and over.[35]

17% of residents aged 16–74 had a Bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 20% nationally.[35]


The munition industry in the area is now extinct and the town is now known as a harbour and market community; old sail-powered Thames barges are repaired, rebuilt and moored along the creekside. Shepherd Neame remains a significant regional brewer despite a decline in consumption of traditional bitter beer, producing around 230,000 barrels a year. It now also makes Indian and other beers under licence and its largely Kentish pub estate is as noted for its food as its owner's beers.

At the 2001 UK census, 6,210 people were employed within the town and 8,166 of the town's residents were in employment;[35] the economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 42.2% in full-time employment, 13.8% in part-time employment, 7.3% self-employed, 2.7% unemployed, 2.4% students with jobs, 2.9% students without jobs, 14.2% retired, 7.2% looking after home or family, 4.6% permanently sick or disabled and 2.5% economically inactive for other reasons. The rate of unemployment in the town of 2.7% was below the national rate of 3.4%.[35]

The industry of employment of residents was 19% retail, 14% manufacturing, 11% real estate, 10% health & social work, 10% education, 9% construction, 7% transport & communications, 5% public administration, 4% hotels & restaurants, 4% finance, 2% agriculture and 5% other community, social or personal services. Compared to national figures, the town had a relatively high number of workers in agriculture and construction and a relatively low number in finance, public administration and hotels & restaurants.[35]


Maison Dieu

Arden of Feversham is a play about the murder of Thomas Arden written in 1592, possibly by William Shakespeare. It gives its name to the modern Arden Theatre in the town, and inspired the 1966 opera Arden Must Die (Arden muss sterben) by Alexander Goehr. The work of local artists is revealed in open houses linked to the Canterbury Festival each autumn. There is an early and largely unchanged but functioning cinema. The town has close links with MUSEA (Music School of Eastern Africa) in Kenya, and the parish church hosts fundraising concerts for MUSEA each year.

Established in 1962, The Faversham Society is one of the oldest Civic Societies in the UK and owns and manages the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre as its HQ. The Centre hosts a relatively large museum depicting the town's history and culture from the earliest times, its medieval prosperity and its industrial strength, all of which have led to Faversham becoming a heritage tourism destination. The Centre also hosts the town's Visitor Information Centre, a Gallery space free to the public, and a Kentish Heritage Bookshop. The Society manages Chart Gunpowder Mill - an important part of the Faversham explosives industry, and runs events such as Open Houses scheme, Open Gardens, Guided Town Walks.

The Maison Dieu ('House of God'), is a hospital, monastery, hostel, retirement home and Royal lodge commissioned by Henry III in 1234 and now in the care of English Heritage. Located beside what is now the A2 road, it is now managed by the Maison Dieu Trust and closely associated to the Faversham Society as a museum of Roman artefacts from the surrounding area.

The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, two miles to the south, has over 2,040 varieties of apple, 502 of pear, 350 of plum, 322 of cherry and smaller collections of bush fruits, nuts and grapes, all grown in 150 acres (61 ha) of orchards.[36] Formerly a government research station, it is now run by a charity that organises annual events celebrating Kent's agricultural heritage, its biodiversity and local products such as Kentish cider which is made from dessert apples rather than cider apples. The 9-inch Faversham miniature railway runs through the orchards.

In November 2011 it was discovered that the town owns an original version of Magna Carta, potentially worth about £20 M, rather than a copy worth only £10,000.[37]

Community facilities[edit]

Oare Gunpowder Country Park Visitor Centre

The Oare Gunpowder Works, scene of the 1916 gunpowder explosion (see above), is now a country park and nature reserve open to the public free of charge all year round. The Oare Marshes are an important reserve for birds,[38] attracting binocular-toting enthusiasts to view the many species of migrants. There is an interesting information centre (as well as other bird hides) near the site of the former Harty ferry over the Swale to the Isle of Sheppey. Remains of the process houses and other mill leats have been carefully conserved. From the visitor centre, signed trails radiate in various directions.[39] An early 20th century electric-powered gunpowder mill which was transferred to Ardeer (in Ayrshire, Scotland) in 1934 has been repatriated to the country park and is on display. The 18th-century works bell has also been repatriated and is on display at Faversham's Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre.[40]


Faversham Stone Chapel (in Norton, Buckland and Stone) is the ruined 'Church of Our Lady of Elwarton', an Ancient Monument managed by The Faversham Society. Its origins date back to the Roman era when it was used for pagan purposes. In AD 601 Pope Gregory directed St Augustine not to destroy pagan buildings, but to adapt them for Christian use; this is an example of a building that was converted. It was reported to be in disrepair by 1511 and seems to have been abandoned by 1600.

English Heritage's Maison Dieu in Ospringe, is a museum housing archaeological finds from that chapel and form the Roman cemetery of the town of Durolevum.[41]


The Roman Watling Street, now the A2, runs to the south of Faverhsam town centre.

Faversham lies on Watling Street, the historically important route from London to Canterbury and the Channel ports. This was an ancient trackway which the Romans later paved and identified as Iter III on the Antonine Itinerary. The Anglo-Saxons named it Wæcelinga Stræt which developed into Watling Street, now the A2 road.

The entrance to Faversham station

Trains travel from Faversham railway station to London, terminating at either Victoria or St. Pancras International. In the other direction, trains travel either to Dover Priory (via Canterbury East) or to Ramsgate (via Margate). Since 13 December 2009 Southeastern Highspeed links Faversham to High Speed 1, Ebbsfleet International, and London's Stratford International and London St Pancras stations.

The Town is served by a number of buses operated by 3 bus companies. Arriva Southern Counties operates route 333 to Sittingbourne and Maidstone and Stagecoach in East Kent operates routes 3, 3B, 3X to Canterbury and Sunday route 335 to Maidstone. Stagecoach in East Kent also run route 638 to Whitstable.[42] Also Regent Coaches operate on route 666 between Faversham and Ashford (Mondays - Saturdays).[43]

National Cycle Route 1 passes through the town.


Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School is a selective co-educational grammar school with approximately 850 students. It was formed in 1967 by the merger of Faversham Grammar School for Boys, the William Gibbs School for Girls and the Wreights School. The merged school stands on the site of the abbey. The Abbey School is a Business and Enterprise Academy formed in September 1983 by the amalgamation of the Ethelbert Road Boys School and Lady Capel School for Girls. It has over 1000 pupils and is located in the south of the town, beside the A2 London Road.[44]

Religious sites[edit]

St Mary of Charity Church, Faversham

Although Faversham Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII the nearby St Mary of Charity, Faversham Parish Church remains. It has an unusual 18th-century flying spire, known as a crown or corona spire, which is visible for long distances. The interior was restored and transformed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, known for St Pancras Station, the Foreign Office and many college and cathedral buildings, in 1874. Notable features of the church include the reputed tomb of King Stephen (the church is thus one of only a few churches outside London where an English king was interred), nationally important misericords in the quire, a rare medieval painted pillar and a recently installed altar dedicated to Saints Crispin and Crispinian. The church supports a strong choral tradition with a choir of adults and children who sing Anglican matins, evensong and communion.[citation needed]

St Catherine's Church dates from the Norman period and was extensively restored in the 1860s. The National Shrine of Saint Jude is a Roman Catholic shrine in the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.


Faversham Town F.C. were formed in 1884 and compete in Division One South of the Isthmian League. They have a 2000-seat stadium to the south of the town and are the only team besides the England national football team to wear the 3 lions badge. The King George V playing fields are all that remain of the Mount Field,[45] which in 1876 hosted a first-class match between Kent and Hampshire County Cricket Club.[46]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2013, Faversham was used as the setting for the Channel 4 series Southcliffe.
In 1986, the town centre of Faversham was used to film parts of a children's drama called "Henry's Leg".
In 1985, West Street in Faversham was used to film scenes for C.A.T.S._Eyes.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


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  • East Kent Gazette
  • The Faversham Gunpowder Industry and its Development, by Arthur Percival (Faversham Papers No 4)
  • Oare Gunpowder Works, by Wayne Cocroft (Faversham Papers No 39)
  • Gunpowder Manufacture at Faversham: Oare and Marsh Factories, by Edward Patterson (Faversham Papers No 42)
  • Faversham Gunpowder Personnel Register 1573–1840, by Raymond Godfrey & Arthur Percival (Faversham Papers No 84)
  • Faversham Explosives Personnel Register 1841–1934, by John Breeze (2008)
  • Paul Wilkinson (2006) The Historical Development of the Port of Faversham 1580–1780 ISBN 1-84171-946-3. A comprehensive historical and archaeological investigation into the maritime organisation of the port

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