Hi, I’m Hannah, the newest member of the Saxon shore team. I have just moved to Faversham from Bristol, United Kingdom.
I will be posting new things that I am learning about Faversham whilst settling in. Follow my journey with insights on: events, best places to eat, history and more!
Fact of the day: Episode one
Faversham’s explosive history
Today I went to explore Chart Gunpowder Mill with the best tour guide in Town, our very own, Liz Jeffery. Looking at it now you would have no idea of the history of this building.
Faversham was part of the UK’s explosive industry for over 400 years. There were around 6 explosive factories including Home works which was opened in 1573!
Many even believe that it was the gunpowder from Faversham’s mills that was used by Guy Fawkes in his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I of England!
During WW1 there was a high demand for Faversham’s gunpowder and on the 2nd April 1916 there was the largest explosion in the history of the U.K. taking the lives of 116 people.
As the explosion took place during the war, the tragic event was hardly reported. With WW2 on its way, many of the gunpowder mills were shut down.
Chart Gunpowder Mill, part of Home works, is one of the oldest gunpowder mills in the world. It’s legacy is protected by The Faversham society.
The streams you can see were used to transport the extremely explosive gunpowder around.
Although it closed in the 1930s, chart gunpowder mill is still open to the public April-October on weekends and bank holidays 2-5pm.
You can find out more by visiting: www.visitfaversham.org/chart-gunpowder-mills