Faversham is an historic town dating back to Roman times, inhabited by the Saxons and mentioned in the Domesday Book. The town has been supported by shipping and explosives industries, providing munitions for the Battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo, and most notably the oldest brewer in the United Kingdom Shepherd Neame successfully brewing since 1698.
We love the town centre with its market square, independent stores, antiques market, cafes, bars and restaurants. Such a lovely place to while away a few hours.
There are good transport connections to London by train to St Pancras, London Bridge, Cannon Street and London Victoria. Junction 6 of the M2 provides access to London and the Kent Coast.
Faversham has easy access to London, Canterbury and Whitstable, an historic town centre, a good choice of primary, secondary and grammar schools, coastal walks through Oare boatyard and along the Swale.
There is a popular swimming pool and activity centre, in the heart of the town, tennis at Faversham Recreation Ground, golf at Belmont Golf Club, Faversham Cricket Club at Macknade and Faversham Town Football Club.
- Faversham Recreation in the town centre.
- Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park
- Stonebridge Pond close to the town centre
- Abbey Physic Community Gardens
Pubs and Restaurants
- The Phoenix in Abbey Street
- The Anchor Inn Abbey Street
- Posillipo at Belvedere Road
- The Sun Inn West Street
- The Three Mariners at Oare
- The Bear Inn in Market Square
- Papa Bianco at Standard Quay
- Reads at Macknade
- The Red Lion at Hernhill
- The Sportsman at Seasalter
- Belmont Park
- Oare Country View Park
- Harty Ferry to Oare
- Otterden Park
- Mount Ephraim Gardens
- Churches and Places of Worship
- St Mary of Charity - Church of England
- Faversham Baptist Church - Baptist
- Faversham Community Church – Non Denominational
- United Reformed Church
- Catholic Church of St Augustine - Catholic
- United Church Faversham - Methodist
The village of Oare is about one mile west of Faversham and lies at the head of Oare Creek, a drying creek running south off the Swale at Harty Ferry. St Peter's Church which dates to the 12th and 13th centuries continue to serve the people of Oare and the rural communities of Uplees, Luddenham and Stone. It has stood through wars and conflicts as a symbol of peace and brotherhood and will continue to stand thanks to restoration work started in April 2003. There is a lovely walk past the boatyard and along the creek towards Harty Ferry eventually finishing at the popular Three Mariners for refreshments.
Whatever the time of year, you will be captivated by the tranquil beauty of this remote rural haven, where rolling countryside is studded only by sleepy villages, historic churches, hop gardens and tractors at work in the fields and orchards. The North Street development is one of four ‘garden villages’ being considered by Swale’s Local Plan Panel as a way of delivering new homes to this area. The Leas is at the heart of the village and is a lovely place to while away an afternoon watching a game of cricket.
The village of Selling dates back to the Domesday Survey and has many interesting houses and lying just on the edge of the Kent Downs, has a varied scenery, from chalk to downland to sand crowned hills. Find respite at the weekends at Perry Wood which is 150 acres of woodland area, ideal for peaceful walks amongst the trees and wildflowers, picnic area and scenic views.
Boughton (originally 'Bocton') means 'land held by book, or charter', so not surprisingly the place-name is a common one. There are 13 Boughtons in England, and four in Kent alone. In a lovely setting overlooking fine countryside, the village's fine medieval church of St Peter and St Paul lies about a mile south of Boughton Street. Its greatest treasure is the fine monument, by Ephanius Evesham, to Sir Thomas Hawkins, who died in 1612. As well as featuring Sir Thomas himself, this also includes sculptures of his six sons, three of whom have entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
This hamlet consists of mainly farmland containing fruit trees and shrubs, and hops in the past. It is also on the edge of Blean Woods and houses approximately 50 dwellings. In April 1999 Dargate was made into a conservation area, meaning any building or development must be approved and must be the same as how they imagined Dargate to look historically.
Graveney is a relatively small but widely dispersed settlement. The main part of the village is on the intersection of Seasalter Road, Sandbanks Road and Head Hill Road, and is surrounded by farmland. In 1970, when improvement works were being undertaken by Kent River Authority to drainage channels, an Anglo-Saxon clinker-built boat was found in the mudflats and is now of international importance as the only vessel of her kind to have survived. The boat was carefully removed by the National Maritime Museum, later studies determined that it was built from oak, in the mid-890s and 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). History doesn’t tell us what kind of beer they were brewing, but you can speculate over a pint in the nearby Four Horseshoes pub.