Kent Day

Friday, May 27, 2022 - 11:45

Did you know yesterday was #KentDay?

To celebrate here are some random facts about the county...

First, there has been a settlement at Faversham since pre-Roman times, next to the ancient sea port on Faversham Creek. It was inhabited by the Saxons and mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Favreshant. The town was favoured by King Stephen who established Faversham Abbey, which survived until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538. Subsequently, the town became an important seaport and established itself as a centre for brewing, and the Shepherd Neame Brewery, founded in 1698, remains a significant major employer.

Secondly, the nearest city to the Shrine is Canterbury, which is a popular tourist destination: consistently one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom...

Or, did you know that we have a beautiful sister shrine at Aylesford Priory near Maidstone? 

One more, did you know that London businessmen who helped to create the town of Herne Bay intended to rename the town Saint Augustine's, but the name was unpopular with residents and the "Herne Bay" remained.

Find out more about the pilgrimages in Kent, here.

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