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Preston - A Most Peculiar Parish 2013 - 2015

The offer in 2013 of investigative access to the large garden of an ancient inn on Preston Street, was the stimulus for this project. Preston remains a peculiar parish, consisting of 3 parts: North Preston (Without) lying to the north of the town, with Preston (Within), and South Preston (Without) to the south. Preston Within has the ancient church, St Catherine’s, which includes Anglo-Saxon stonework, and is possibly older than the Faversham parish church. This project had several aims including: establishing a chronological sequence for (in particular) medieval activity, establishing dating evidence for the manor house demolished 1931, and understanding  more in general about Preston – A Most Peculiar Parish.

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Excavation Reports

An investigation into St Catherine's Church,

Vicarage and the immediate surrounding area

(includes the following):

KP 106  in the garden of  62 Preston Park

KP 121 in the garden of Tall Trees, St Catherines Drive

Graveyard investigation into the graveyard of St Catherines Church

Surveys of  St Catherines Vicarage, its grounds  and the Schoolroom.

 Preston Farm (includes the following):


KP102 - 3 Nelson Terrace, Faversham

KP104 - 16 Preston Grove, Faversham

KP117A,B & C - 1 The Close, Preston Lane, Faversham

KP 116 - 14 Preston Grove, Faversham

Survey 122 - 2 The Close, Preston Lane, Faversham

 Preston House (includes the following):


KP110 - 9 Preston Grove, Faversham

KP111 - 13 Preston Grove, Faversham

KP112A, B & C - 11 Preston Grove, Faversham

KP113 - 15 Preston Grove, Faversham

KP114 - 17 Preston Grove, Faversham

Survey 123 - 7 Preston Grove, Faversham

Deconstructing and Reconstructing ‘Watling Street’

This is a support document for the third season of Preston: a Most Peculiar Parish and discusses what is probably the best known of all the famous roads built under the Roman occupation of Britannia. It is the road used by William the Conqueror after the battle of Hastings when he worked his way along the coast to Dover and turned left for London.  Chaucer's Pilgrims travelled along it from Southwark to Canterbury to visit the shrine of St Thomas Becket. Watling Street came to be called the Great Dover Road in the 18th- early 19th century. Canterbury and London still have roads called Watling Street.

So, what is there left to find out you may say? Then read on…

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