From simple enquiries for school projects to serious academic research, The Faversham Society provides an extensive source of information on Faversham and its surrounds.
Evidence associated with our collections, information contained in paper and photographic archives, our map collection, Society publications and our libraries, and – importantly – the knowledge held by our many members, staff and specialists are all available to enquirers.
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Faversham developed beside the creek which runs through the heart of our town.
Faversham’s maritime history reaches back to Roman times, embraces the history of the Cinque Ports, and offers a vivid picture of the development of coastal fisheries and merchant sail in the nineteenth century, and shipbuilding until the 1970s.
This wonderful maritime history, and its physical assets, defines so much of Faversham’s identity, and its rediscovery is critical for the retention and enhancement of the character of the town in the years ahead.
The Society is pleased to be part of this initiative to secure regeneration of the creek.
Streetscapes of Faversham was an exhibition organised by the Faversham Society in the Fleur de Lis gallery in January 2018. Featuring a variety of architectural drawings of street frontages and was created to illustrate how much the town has changed over the last half-century or so. You can find more information and view some of the Streetscapes images here.
Abbey Street is sometimes said to be the finest medieval street in southeast England, with its wonderful 'gallery' of old buildings, most of which are timber-framed. You can read all about Abbey Street and its history in our special article here.
Formed in 1989, the Group consists of people who are actively working on research into some aspect of the history of the Faversham area and its people. Its aims are twofold: to provide networking opportunities and to encourage the publication of members’ research to the highest level and quality. The Faversham Historians are independent of the Society although many of them are members.
Meetings are held quarterly in the Fleur Hall. There are no speakers – members simply report briefly on their current local research and invite questions and discussion from those members present.
The Group and its meeting format are thought to be unique in the UK and it has proved its worth by generating a large amount of published material ranging from short notes in the Society Newsletter, through the production of Faversham Papers, to very substantial and academic hardback books. The outcome of members’ research can also help inform new initiatives, like the restoration of historic buildings and environmental improvement schemes.
If you have any specific area of research and need information or wish to join the Group, send a letter marked ‘Faversham Historians’ to the Society’s Honorary Secretary at The Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, 10-13 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS
A gallery of images from a recent exhibition of local history and architecture in Faversham
Formed in 2004, the Group promotes community archaeology for the people, and by the people. It works to the highest possible professional standards in an area rich in archaeological potential and, whilst large-scale excavations are not undertaken, field-walking, ‘keyhole’ evaluations and smaller digs can be very productive.
Through careful evaluation of selected sites, undertaken with the full co-operation of the owners, our understanding of the development of the area, from prehistoric times to the present day, has advanced substantially. The Group’s recording methods are meticulous and it is scrupulous about publishing authoritative reports as soon as possible on its website where you can also find how to join. You need have no experience of practical archaeology - necessary skills can be acquired from experienced members of the Group and you will have a great time!
You can find our more about FSARG on their website.