Derek Cox Art
Faversham creek has been a living, working waterway for thousands of years. It has brought Iron Age farmers, Roman villas and sea traders, Saxon settlers and town builders. Viking raiders and Norman Abbey builders, Flemish merchants, local entrepreneurs and seafarers, builders of mills, wharves and quays - they have all contributed to Faversham's unique history. The creek and our maritime heritage have helped to shape Faversham into the town you see today.
The legacy we see in Faversham is the home of Kent's oldest market dating back 900 years and recorded in the Domesday Book. The town has nearly 500 listed historic buildings, Shepherd Neame - Britain’s oldest brewery dating back to 1698 - and a creekside which still retains some of the original buildings, and where boat building and repair continue. It is a lively town and home to many successful festivals, walks, attractions, accommodation and music. It is full of independent shops and eating places as well as having a thriving business community.
Presently, Faversham Creek Trust along with other local interest groups are striving to regenerate the creek area as a community resource - to reinvigorate it as a living, working and active waterway so all can benefit. Most recently, Faversham and Oare Creeks have gained 'Heritage Harbour' status - a huge achievement and one of the first in the country.
With it's historical origin and setting on the edge of windswept marshes, nature reserves, woodlands and country parks, Faversham has much to offer to everyone ... especially artists.
Faversham is located at the head of a sheltered creek, with access out to the East Swale, Thames estuary and beyond. As an area of an ancient settlement, it was important to the Romans, the Jutes and the Saxons in turn. Over the intervening centuries, the creek increasingly became a source of great prosperity, prestige and political power. Faversham is dubbed Kent's 'Market Town of Kings' because of its links to Royalty for more than a thousand years.