Last Saturday we visited the ancient market town of Faversham. This is situated in the North of Kent, just a few miles to the east of Canterbury. Before the coming of the railways in 1844 the town lay on the main coaching route linking London with Dover. There are several inns that used to have stables and busy ostlers and all the other paraphernalia for tending the tired and hungry travellers. But times have changed. The railways, and later the motorways, have meant that the once-famous town has been by-passed by the hustle and bustle of the modern age. To the curious traveller this is a bonus. The town still retains traces of its past; late medieval and Georgian and Victorian buildings abound.
A couple of the former coaching inns to be found in the town.
The town is surrounded by what has been termed the Garden of England. In the market you buy local apples such as the ever-popular Cox's Orange Pippin and the slightly rarer Egremont Russet as well as locally grown strawberries and raspberries. Perhaps the most celebrated Kentish crop is the hop, a straggling plant whose fruit, if it can be called that, is used to give a bitter taste to beer. In fact, nearby, is the oldest brewery in England, the Shepherd Neame Brewery.
No quaint English town would be without its assortment of attractive teashops. This is photo is of one I found down a short alley off one of the main streets. Near by is one of those cosy little antique shops that are so common in historic towns.
I saw this strange water pump just behind the Guildhall. I have no idea about its history
This a typical scene in an English market town. A couple of locals enjoying some refreshnent outside a pub - Shepherd Neame's of course.