Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre

Kent, ME13 8NS

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In the centre of historic Faversham three period buildings contain lively displays that tell the story of the town.

The museum tracks the growth of Faversham from the Iron Age to the Elizabethan era, revealing the colourful events – including riots and plots – that took place there, and what life was like for the inhabitants. Perched on powder barrels, you can watch audio-visual displays about the town’s explosives industry, before moving on to the Victorian schoolroom, the period kitchen, a street of shops with authentic fittings, and a working Strowger telephone exchange.

The murder of Thomas Arden, Mayor of Faversham, provided the inspiration for Arden of Faversham – a late Elizabethan play variously attributed to Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe came from nearby Canterbury, and the Library of the Christopher Marlowe Society is housed within the Fleur de Lis complex (available by appointment).

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