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Mid Medieval

Faversham obtained its own issue of Magna Carta, which it still owns. Faversham also owns an astonishing collection of royal charters starting with Henry III in 1252, Henry IV in 1260 and 1261, Edward I in 1278, 1298 and 1302, Edward III in 1364, Henry IV in 1408 and Henry VI in 1434, Henry VI in 1446 and 1454, Edward IV in 1476, Henry VIII in 1546, Edward VI in 1547 and James II in 1685

Some of these charters are on display at 12 Market Place, at the Faversham Charters Museum. There is more information at Faversham Charters and Magna Carta Exhibition

As a member of the Cinque Ports Confederation, Faversham supplied ships and men for the siege of Calais, which resulted in the town becoming the nation’s continental bridgehead till it was recaptured by France in 1558.

When Wat Tyler launched his Peasants’ Revolt in Kent, among those protesting at an unjust poll tax were tradesmen and craftsmen from Faversham and nearby villages.

Jack Cade’s Rebellion against government injustices was well supported by middle-class Faversham people, including two brewers and two former mayors. They all eventually received official pardons.

Approx. 1475
New additions to the abbey complex included a guesthouse (now Arden’s House) and the larger of the two barns at Abbey Farm. Over the next 150 years most older houses in the town were rebuilt on a grander scale and many of these remain in use today.

Opening Times

12 Market Place
ME13 7AE
10am to 4pm - Monday to Saturday
10am to 1pm - Sunday (opening hours may vary)

12-13 Preston Street
ME13 8NS
Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm
Also open on the first Sunday of each month

11 Preston Street
ME13 8NS

10am to 3.30pm - Monday to Saturday

Off Stonebridge Way
ME13 7SE

Open on Saturdays only 2pm to 5pm

Registered Charity  Number 1135262 - Company No 07112241
The Faversham Society - Registered Address: 10-13 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS
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