Walking with History

Faversham, a quiet market town – steeped in history?

Oh yes!   Only one place in England has more listed buildings per square kilometre than Faversham.                                     (Be sure to ask your guide which it is.) 

Having been off the beaten track for so long, Faversham has developed an unique character. Very welcoming and happy to talk about it’s historical past, it’s present and it’s hopes for the future. Plenty of cafes, olde worlde pubs, restaurants and bars are situated amongst its many fine old buildings making it an irresistible  place for a snack or meal at any time of the day or year.

Instead of thinking about it, looking at it and wondering, why not enjoy it in the company of a Town Guide.  Recognisable by the Three Lions on their sash, indicating that they have been authorised by Faversham Town Council, they will guide you through the streets where Saints, (at least two), Royalty, (at least five), and many other famous people have been about their business for centuries.

Faversham is steeped in history from pre-Roman times. Today, it is home to more than 450 listed buildings, many with very interesting stories. The walks take between one and a half and two hours and are not physically demanding, although part of the walk may involve cobbles.

During the summer, regular tours start on Saturdays from the Fleur De Lis Heritage Centre Museum, (12 Preston Street). Just turn up, pay and go. Groups can book a tour at any time, see the contact details below. The walks include Preston Street and the Market Place with the iconic Guildhall. On the way, discover where two Saints lived and worked before discovering why the Guildhall has Regency upper parts with Tudor oak pillars as its base. Passing along Court Street you will see many interesting buildings and will discover which monarch was held captive here and another who was alleged to have had his face slapped by the mistress of the house.

Abbey Street is described as “one of the finest medieval streets in Britain”. Every building has a tale to tell or a feature to admire. The existing architecture spans many centuries and is lovingly preserved today. The scene of a murder, so famous in its time that it inspired a play that is still in the repertoire of the RSC is here. See the house where the victim was murdered. Was Shakespeare the playwright? What happened to the abbey after which the street is named?

The Abbey Physic Community Garden stands in the grounds of the Old (Queen Elizabeth) Grammar School. If you have time, delay your guide and have refreshments here. The school, now Freemasons’ Hall, is an excellent example of a Tudor building. The path then leads to St Mary of Charity Parish Church, larger than some cathedrals and, in Kent, exceeded in size by only Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals. Its’ crown spire, visible for miles around, is one of only eight in the UK. (Ask why this design was chosen.) Inside, see the painted column dating from 1306 and the tomb that allegedly holds the remains of King Stephen.
Market Days, confirmed, (not authorised), in a charter issued by King Henry VIIIth, are held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets available from this attraction

Saturday 6th April 2019

14.00

Complimentary Adult Ticket for 2 people to enjoy a tour of Faversham. 

Meet at the Fleur De Lis Heritage Centre Museum, (12 Preston Street). 

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14.00

11-13 Preston Street,

Faversham

 

ME13 8NS
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Standard ticket prices
Adults £5, Accompanied children £3
Nearest Station
Faversham, 0.2 miles
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