It is well-known that Faversham is a place for listed and historic buildings, with it’s history dating back since before the Romans. There are around 500 buildings listed in the town by English Heritage. During his acting career, Shakespeare came to visit the town.
West street is one of the oldest roads in Faversham with plenty of ancient history, developed in the middle ages, you can just imagine what it was like simply by looking at the original wood beams and architecture still remaining. One of our properties on West street, we have discovered to date back to at least 1480 when it was part of a Medieval merchants home.
The 1480s were eventful times that drastically shaped our modern world; William Caxton introduced the printing press to England for the first time and printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables in London changing the way we read books, the first ever recorded execution, William Hastings (1st Baron Hastings) took place in the Tower of London, Richard III was crowned king of England in Westminster Abbey, The battle of Bosworth sees King Richard III defeated by the new ruler King Henry VII.
Daily living life was rather unhygienic by todays standards, people would get married in June after taking their yearly bath in May… no wonder they had to use the flower bouquet to cover the smell!
Animals would sleep on the thatched roofs to keep warm – when it rained they would slip down into the street – it really did rain cats and dogs!
Canopy beds (with sheets attached to the four posts) were used to prevent things from falling into the bed like bugs, dust and dirt. Dead bodies would be collected from the streets and prepared for burials, burial grounds were so full up that bones would be collected so that the graves could be reused.
Pots would be hung over the fireplace for cooking stews and sometimes be hung there for days. Here is a photo from one of our properties on West street where the pot may have been hung:
There was a great divide between the rich and poor. Peasants would live in straw houses and the wealthy would live in houses like the few remaining on West street (with some moderations such as thatched roofs.) The houses on West Street are very different today but what makes them so beautiful is the years of history that remain in their bones. Through these beautiful homes you can still imagine how far we have advanced.
Over the years there have been many changes to West street. In the 1900s many properties were demolished to provide space for the industrial quarter. The North Kent public house became what is now the vets surgery. The Tudor merchants’ houses, which were the first restored homes in Faversham, that once stood became what is now co-op. The headquarters of the Porters club, founded in 1793, became the Sun Inn pub. In 1965 The people’s stores was demolished to allow North Lane to be widened and align with South Road.
Today West street a lovely place, close to the centre, with quaint and quirky properties bursting with rich history.
Would you like to own a piece of this history? Why not book a viewing at this stunning house on West Street today? Call the office on: 01795 533577