Wa­ter, wa­ter ev­ery­where

Kent Life - - Countryside Life - WORDS: Caro­line Millar PHO­TOS: Manu Palomeque

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.

BEER

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.

BRICKS

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

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