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Graveney is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population490 (2011)[1]
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFaversham
Postcode districtME13
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°19′40″N 0°56′50″E / 51.3279°N 0.9471°E / 51.3279; 0.9471Coordinates: 51°19′40″N 0°56′50″E / 51.3279°N 0.9471°E / 51.3279; 0.9471

Graveney is a relatively small but widely dispersed village located between Faversham and Whitstable in Kent, England. The main part of the village is located along the intersection of Seasalter Road, Sandbanks Road and Head Hill Road (at the railway crossing), which is surrounded by farmland. The rest of the village is dispersed amongs this farmland.

Features include a local Pub ('The Four Horseshoes'), a primary school and a church. There is also a regular bus service that runs through the village.

The Saxon Shore Way (long distance path) passes around the Graveney Marshes (between Seasalter and Faversham).[2] The marshes are part of the South Swale SSSI.

Graveney Church[edit]

All Saints Church, Graveney

All Saints Church, Graveney, was constructed in Norman times, but it is mainly 14th century. The connections between the village of Graveney and the Christian Church can be traced back to a time before the Domesday Survey.[3]

Graveney boat[edit]

In 1970, when improvement works were being undertaken by Kent River Authority to drainage channels (Hammond Drain and White Drain) in Graveness, an Anglo-Saxon clinker-built boat was found in the mudflats. The boat was carefully removed by the National Maritime Museum to be conserved and stabilised by the Mary Rose Trust.[4][5]

It was a cross-channel cargo vessel, reconstructed as some 13.6 m (45 ft) long and 3.4 m (11 ft) wide and 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in draught. Later studies, including dendrochronology determined that it was built from oak, in the mid-890s. It was abandoned in the mud in 950AD. It was also found that one of the last cargo's it carried was hops (vines used in making beer). Other remains include fragments of quern-stones (grinding stones) made from Mayen lava, located in the Rhineland, Germany.[6]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Graveney". Faversham Org. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  3. ^ "All Saints, Graveney". Faversham Org. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Graveney Boat". Faversham Org. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  5. ^ Evans, Angela Care; Fenwick, Valerie H. (June 1971). "The Graveney Boat". Antiquity. Antiquity Publications Ltd. 45 (178): 89–96. doi:10.1017/S0003598X00069234.
  6. ^ Cornell, Martyn (20 September 2012). "The Graveney Boat, a hop history mystery". Retrieved 28 May 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Graveney at Wikimedia Commons