Rural deprivation, still prevalent locally, prompted the last armed rising on English soil, the Courtenay Riots, led by ‘Sir William Courtenay’, in real life John Nichols Thom, from Cornwall. His agenda was a socialist one and was well supported by farm workers, but his ill-equipped little army was defeated, and he was killed, at the Battle of Bossenden Wood, just east of Faversham.
Bachelor local solicitor Henry Wreight died, leaving his entire fortune to the town. It helped provide fine new almshouses (opened in 1863), two schools and a park (the Recreation ground), still enjoyed by Faversham residents today.
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After the opening of the North Kent railway from London to Strood the direct stagecoach service to London ceased, passengers travelling to Strood to pick up the railway there.
Thomas Willement, who had revived the art of stained glass in Britain, moved to Davington Priory, whose church and other buildings he restored.
Originally built in the 1830s, the Assembly Rooms were re-opened following a fire. Situated in Preston Street, these have now been restored to their former glory and are in use for their original purpose.
More details at The Assembly Rooms | Faversham, Kent (favershamassemblyrooms.org.uk)
Faversham’s first railway station opened after completion of the line from Chatham in 1857. The station was replaced by the present, larger, one in 1898.
VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
12 Market Place, ME13 7AE
10am to 4pm - Monday to Saturday
10am to 1pm - Sunday (opening hours may vary)
FLEUR MUSEUM - FREE ENTRY
12-13 Preston Street, ME13 8NS
Open Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 to 15:00
11 Preston Street, ME13 8NS
10am to 3.30pm - Monday to Saturday
Off Stonebridge Way, ME13 7SE
Open Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm