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Faversham [Jun. 16th, 2013|09:40 am]
Tony Grist
We had planned to go to Canterbury but- having stopped for lunch at Chilham- which was lovely and quiet- we thought,"Lets not go where the tourists are"- so we turned left into the hills and drove by narrow, unimportant roads though orchards and vineyards and tiny villages to Faversham.

I've never loved Canterbury, but I've always loved Faversham. I don't know why. Perhaps it's because no-one ever told me Faversham was beautiful- and I got to find out for myself.

Court Street which turns into Abbey Street is one of the prettiest streets in England. Here's Arden's House- where the murder was committed which inspired the first social realist play in English literature.

Arden's House, Faversham

St Mary of Charity is an ugly church with wonderful things inside- like this pillar with its medieval paintings still largely intact and their colours unfaded.

Painted pillar, St Mary of Charity, Faversham

I walked around the churchyard taking pictures of gravestones. I particularly like this one- which I remember from my first visit 40 years ago. I photographed it then as well. Photographing it again felt a little weird- as though I were crossing my own time line.

18th c. gravestone, Faversham
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2013-06-16 09:41 am (UTC)
Heh, I was in Chilham yesterday, doing a recce for an upcoming scooter forum ride. (It would be lovely to meet up at some point; that part of Kent is dead easy for me to reach.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-16 10:05 am (UTC)
That'd be good. I guess we're about three quarters of an hour away from Faversham...
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From: cmcmck
2013-06-16 10:50 am (UTC)
Faversham's one of my favourite Kentish towns.

St Mary's also has the tomb of King Stephen who founded the abbey.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-16 11:26 am (UTC)
I missed the royal tomb, but I did get to see the misericords. Never mind, I'll be back.
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From: cmcmck
2013-06-17 07:30 am (UTC)
Misericords!

I do love me some nice misericords! :o)
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2013-06-16 12:06 pm (UTC)
The colours and details on those medieval pictures are astonishing! I wish some of our local wall paintings had survived that well, rather than as faded enigmatic fragments - St Christopher's detached foot in a river full of fish, and that sort of thing...

And I do love the matching skulls on that gravestone.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-16 07:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know any other English medieval wall paintings that have kept their colours so well.

the gravestone is a great piece of folk art. Picasso would have been happy to have come up with the shape of those skulls- so bold, so stylised, so tactile.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2013-06-16 03:04 pm (UTC)
The painted pillar is fantastic! Would you happen to know its date?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-16 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm hopeless at dating medieval stuff. I'm guessing early 1300s.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2013-06-17 05:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should re visit Kent this summer
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