One of my kind friends who offered to take us in while we were visiting in the Whitstable/Canterbury area was Carolynne, a lovely and enthusiastic member of the Whitstable Choral Society. She and I sat next to one another for a while in the fall of 2011, and became friends. She and her partner, Colin, were so very kind to invite us to stay with them, so we stayed in their beautiful house in Faversham for 3 nights.
The photos above are of the Guildhall in the market square. Faversham is a lovely Medieval market town, with many historic buildings dating to the 15th or 16th centuries, and some even older. There are also many Georgian buildings, and even a few that were part of a Benedictine Abbey that was founded in 1147. But more importantly, Faversham is a charming, quaint, easy-going, accessible, and down-right pleasant town.
One of our favorite discoveries in town was Macknade Fine Foods. We bought some cured meats here from the Weald Smokery that were absolutely out of this world. Also delicious Spanish olives, Italian biscuits, and fresh berries. It was the perfect picnic food…more on that in a later post.
There were some fun and quirky shops in Faversham, too.
And it was an excellent town for walking. Many pedestrian-only streets, and well, humped zebra crossings here and there.
There is a beautiful church: the Parish Church of St. Mary.
Parts of this church date back to the 12th century, with various additions and remodels throughout the centuries. The crown spire wasn’t added until the 1790s. It is the largest parish church in Kent.
The painting on this pillar dates back to 1306!
Faversham also has a really wonderful town museum, and we were lucky enough to get our own private tour with Carolynne, who volunteers there.
The kids’ favorite part of the museum was the big room with a working telephone exchange. They could call other phones in the building and watch the machine work to connect the calls.
After our museum visit, we strolled through town to Carolynne and Colin’s favorite pub for lunch. Along the way, she pointed out some of the more significant houses and historical buildings.
Then lunch at The Anchor.
Then we had a poke around the boats in Faversham Creek.
There are some lovely modern houses along the creek. Carolynne and Colin live in one that has a pier behind their house, and they have a Westerly 31 tied up out back of the garden!
What a fabulous town, and what a wonderful visit we had with our good friends. Thanks, Carolynne and Colin!