This week, I went to visit one of the Saxon Shore properties for sale, Lion Lodge and was surprised to find out about the history of the building and land. We know from the excavations carried out by the Faversham Society Archaeological Research Group that the land dates back to Iron Age, when Iron was first used for tools and weapons in 800 BC – AD 100 and Bronze Age 2100 to 750 BC. In the area, they have found pottery, fire grate deposits, jewellery and tools dating all the way back to ancient times.
Ospringe, where Lion Lodge lies on Roman Watling Street (A2), deposits from Roman, medieval and prehistoric times have been found. The ancient trackway was first used by the Britons and then later developed by the Romans. Watling Street is known to be the site of the defeat of Boudica in the famous Roman/ Celtic war in AD 60/ 61.
If you want to hear more about Watling street, I will be doing a blog which goes deeper into the history of it.
Lion Lodge had three wells, it is unknown when they were built, there were two in the garden and one underneath the playroom in the front of the house. Perhaps it is this water that makes the land so fertile. The Artesian wells around Faversham are what made Shepherd Neame (Britain’s oldest brewer) the chosen place for brewing. The lovely current owner of Lion lodge is a keen gardener and an abundance of edible delights grow in the garden including several berries, apples, plums and cherries as well as several native bushes. She has told me that sometimes during gardening she digs up old pots and tools!
The house itself was built in 1790 in the Napoleonic-era during the reign of King George III and was opposite the Barracks which existed from 1790 – 1820. It is thought that the house was part of Officers’ row. The stain glass window that can be seen from the driveway of the house is where they believe that workers would have been paid from.
A lot has changed since then, the property had some new developments including a modern kitchen and extension. The garden is teaming with life, half of it remains in a conservation area and beautiful birds including Woodpeckers, Buzzards, Wrens and Sparrowhawks can be seen. There have also been visits from a Heron and an Egret. The back of the garden used to be an allotment and then contained sheep, it is now empty so the garden is hardly overlooked.
This amazing historical house is a 15 minute walk from Faversham station with a bus stop to Canterbury conveniently on its doorstep. Faversham’s secondary schools are both within walking distance and local primary school, Ospringe is located just behind Lion Lodge – you can hear the children laughing and playing at lunchtime from the garden.
If you are looking to buy a fantastic family home Lion Lodge us currently on the market with Saxon Shore, the property details can be viewed here