In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Faversham like this:
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.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Faversham, in Swale and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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