Water, water everywhere
Welcome to the first in a new series of walking
trails, beginning with one of the gems in Kent’s crown - the market town of Faversham
From Faversham’s big geographical stories to its history, this walk is a chance to exercise the brain as well as the feet. Here are some of the stories it uncovers.
Faversham is synonymous with beer. The distinctive chimneys of the Shepherd Neame brewery vie for prominence with the spire of St Mary’s Church, but did you know that the town’s branch of Tesco was once a rival brewery called Rigdens, whose presence can still be glimpsed in ‘ghost signs’ etched on windows of old pubs? Stroll down Court Street and at number 17 the facade of this beautiful building is decorated with bright green hop flowers. Hops, grown in the fertile Kent soils, were transported by boat down Faversham Creek. Flat-bottomed Thames barges carried the hops along the Swale and Medway then into the Thames, where they were unloaded at the Hop Exchange near London Bridge.
Next time you pass through Faversham train station, look out for its distinctive yellow bricks. They are a result of the local geology; the surrounding landscape is rich in brick earth.
ABOVE:There has been a settlement at Faversham since pre-Roman times, next to the ancient sea port on Faversham Creek