Searching for the King's Manor
One of the best-known pieces of the Faversham story is a quote from a charter from King Coenwulf in AD811 which mentions the ‘King’s little town of Febresham’. Faversham is still the ‘King’s town’ in the Domesday book, where it is listed as a royal manor. From archaeological sources, it is evident that Faversham was more than just a King’s manor: it was very probably a centre for precious metal working and glass making in the earlier Anglo-Saxon times. The ancient market was probably part of this earlier heritage, as was the link with the sea. The primary aim of this project, started in 2017, was to locate the royal manor complex of mid Anglo-Saxon to just before Norman times.