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Faversham, Kent

Faversham is a market town and civil parish in the Swale district of Kent, England. The parish of Faversham (Feversham) grew up around an ancient sea port on Faversham Creek and was the birthplace of the explosives industry in England.
Administrative CountyKent
Traditional CountyKent
OS GridTR0161
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth East
Police AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Ambulance AuthoritySouth East Coast
Dialling code01795
Population17,710 (2001)

Other names by which Faversham, Kent has been known in the past

Favresfield ~ Favreshant ~ Feversham ~ Ffeversham

Faversham, Kent in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Faversham.-- mun. bor., market town, and par., river-port, and corporate member of the Cinque Port of Dover, E. Kent, on Faversham Creek (a branch of the Swale), 8 miles NW. of Canterbury and 52 miles SE. of London--par., 2292 ac., pop. 9484; town, 538 ac., pop. 8743; bor. and corporate member, 536 ac., pop. 8616; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper.Market-days, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Faversham is a very ancient place; its name occurs in 812. In 1147 King Stephen and Queen Maud founded at Faversham a Cluniac abbey, within the walls of which they were buried. Faversham Creek is navigable up to the town for vessels of 200 tons. The imports are timber and coal; the exports are hops and agricultural produce. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) Faversham has mfrs. of bricks and cement, and in the vicinity are large powder-mills; but the principal industry is the oyster fishery.

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