In the summer of 1588, 130 ships sailed from Corunna to invade England after the establishment of Protestantism under the command of King Philip II and to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I. The faster and more agile English ships sailed from Plymouth and attacked with success.
Faversham supplied one of the ships for the attack.
Today, one of the oldest buildings in the U.K. still stands and is used as a base for the sea cadets. TS Hazard, named after the ship, was built in 1475 as a town warehouse.
The Sea Cadets is for 10-18 year olds. They meet every Tuesday and Friday at TS Hazard in Conduit Street. If you have children then it is a great way for them to socialise and also gain excellent extra-curricular training. You can find out more on their website: http://units.sea-cadets.org/faversham
If you take a wander down by the quay (short walk) you can still see some of the Thames sailing barges which were mostly used for carrying goods down the Thames River. Tollesbury (built 1901) and Greta (built 1892) are the ones I saw when I visited.
Faversham Fishing History
Faversham grew to importance in 16th- 18th centuries supplying much of London’s food market. Oyster fishery, along with gunpowder and brewing, was one of the most important trades. It has been said that the earliest records of Oyster fishing started in the 11th Century. Due to the development of the port and poor road conditions, Faversham was able to export many items to London and other areas.
Guildhall was built in 1560 as a market hall where fish would be sold, it is still a market place today. Around 1605, three original Oyster maps were made showing the boundaries for Oyster fishing. Only one is known to still exist in the Town Hall.
During post-medieval times fish was a large part of the diet, freshwater fish caught in local rivers, brooks, ditches and ponds would be usually salted or dried. Ships known as “Borleys” or Bawleys were used specifically for Oysters.
The Company of Dredgers controlled the Oyster fishery of Faversham, they employed hundred of families. Even during Winter Oysters were dredged to make stews. In the 16th century, Oysters could be kept alive for up to 12 days and there was such an abundance that in 1783 they were known the be the cheapest fish around.
In the 18th Century, large amounts of Oysters were exported to the Dutch brining in around £7000 which back then was a large amount of money.
You can also join Fishing clubs such as Faversham Angling Club if you like fishing as a hobby. There are excellent fishing lakes in the area which include:
Bysing wood fishing lakes located in Teynham is 6 acres and you can catch mixed fishery with Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd and Pike available, you can book it through Faversham Angling club.
Mill Pool was dug in the 1960s, the 7 acre fishing area has Carp, Bream, Tench and Roach. The famous record-breaking, Two Tone Carp fish originally came from Mill Pool before being moved to Ashford. It survived until it was around 45 years old. You can find out more about Two Tone here: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/rest-fin-peace—two-tone-the-le-a82513/
This venue is available on a single ticket, with the Wood Pool, at just £125 per season.
You can also get fishing gear in the local markets on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays every week near Guildhall as well a local fish.