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.
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.
VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
12 Market Place
10am to 4pm - Monday to Saturday
10am to 1pm - Sunday (opening hours may vary)
FLEUR MUSEUM - FREE ENTRY
12-13 Preston Street
Open Fridays and Saturdays.
11 Preston Street
10am to 3.30pm - Monday to Saturday
Off Stonebridge Way
Now closed until April 2024