If you’ve been to the Museum, enjoyed one of the Society’s Guided Town Walks, soaked up
the historic atmosphere of this remarkable town and still have time to explore, then why not
visit one of the other historical sites that we manage?
This distinctive medieval building was a considerable landmark on the Pilgrim’s route from
London to Canterbury, opening as a museum in 1925 to house the remarkable Roman and
Saxon finds from nearby graves.
Thought to be the oldest village museum in the country, it can be found
on the corner of Ospringe Street (A2) and Water Lane, Ospringe. The building is open to visitors
on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 2pm to 5pm, from Easter weekend until the end of
Admission is free to members of English Heritage, the Faversham Society and to children
accompanied by an adult. For others, admission is £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.
Faversham was the centre of the nation's explosive’s industry for 400 years,
and the 18th century Chart Gunpowder Mills are the oldest of their kind in the
world. Following the Mills' closure in the 1930s, it fell into disrepair and was almost lost
until The Faversham Society rescued the Mills, restored and opened it to the public in April
Chart Gunpowder Mills is located off Stonebridge Way, Faversham, with
pedestrian access sign posted from South Road and is open from April to October, 2pm to
5pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. Groups and those with a
special interest can visit at other times by arrangement with the curator John Breeze 01795
534915 or by contacting the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre.
Stone Chapel – the ruined Church of Our Lady of Elwarton – lies just off the A2 about 2 miles
west of Faversham. The site is open to all as an Ancient Monument at no charge.
The remains lie at the bottom of Syndale Valley, beneath Judd Hill and Beacon Hill, close to
where a stream once ran. From the road, or from the railway to the north, there appears to be
just a group of crumbling remains set at the edge of a small copse in the middle of a
field, and of no particular significance. However, the remains are a unique record of the
adaptation of a pagan Roman building for Christian use, and are preserved for that reason.