Sort file:- Faversham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1864+

Market Inn

Open 2020+

43 East Street


01795 532529

Market Inn 1940

Above photo circa 1940.

Market Inn 2009

Above photo 2009 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Market Inn sign 1998Market Inn sign 2010

Above sign left, 1998, sign right, 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The pub, not being in the main Market Place, was actually named after the Victorian Cattle Market which used to be held nearby after the town expanded in the 1860s after the railway arrived.

To date, (2013) the pub still has separate bars for saloon and public, but has been altered several times since its opening, and now boasts an extension where live music is played.

I am told that the beer garden is the biggest for a pub in Faversham and houses no less than two bat and trap pitches.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 19 April, 1864.


Tenders for the new "Market Inn" which is to be built in this town for Messrs. Shepherd and Mares have been received, and of the seven sent, that of Mr. S. Shrubsole, for 797, was accepted.


East Kent Gazette, Saturday 20 April 1867.

Time required for payment.

Spillett v. Willsher.

This was an action brought by Mr. Thomas Spillett, landlord of the "Market Inn," against Mr. George Willsher, relieving-officer, for the recovery of 5. money lent.

Mr. Bathurst appeared for the defendant, who admitted the debt. and offered to pay half the claim in a month, and the rest in July next.

The plaintiff was not satisfied with this. He said he obliged the defendant with the the 5 on a Friday, on the understanding that it was to be paid on the following Friday, and he could not see why he should be kept so long without the money. Besides, He did not believe defendant would be in a better position to pay in a month or in July than he was then.

His Honour made an order for payment in 14 days.


I assume that the premises was built shortly after the above tender was accepted.

Your information, photos, old or new and licensee names and dates is much appreciated.


From the  By Ewan Somerville, Monday 5 August 2019.

Archaeologists find remains of kings’ feasts at Anglo-Saxon royal manor buried beneath beer garden.

Researchers searching for proof of ancient royal household end 15-year search with surprise findings.

An archaeological search for an ancient royal manor lasting over a decade has reached its climax beneath a beer garden.

A team of scientists launched a hunt for the Anglo-Saxon house 15 years ago, curious to uncover the knowledge it held into how people lived at the time.

Initially there were doubts that the residence, thought to belong to an age-old King of Kent, even existed.

But when the owners of a Kent pub allowed diggers into their beer garden for two weeks in July a “royal rubbish heap” was found under the grass, surfacing items researchers thought were long gone.

“Masses” of wild boar and deer bones, thought to be leftover from royal feasts, were discovered beneath the grass at the Market Inn in Faversham.

Remnants of “grass-tempered” pottery, a unique production method used only in early-Anglo Saxon England, were also found in the rubbish mound alongside possible iron ore, suggesting the site was once used to craft materials.

Dr Pat Reid, who the project for the Faversham Society Archaeological Research Group, was overwhelmed by the ancient findings which could shine new light on this “massively neglected” historical period.

“After spending 15 years looking for proof of the manor, I am absolutely delighted. The whole thing is very exciting,” she said.

“We found an undisturbed rubbish dump with masses and masses of wild boar, deer and cattle bones. These are so-called ‘feasting meats’.

“The king would stop over at the manor and entertain guests with huge feasts, and this is where the bones would end up.

“There is nothing better for an archaeologist than a rubbish dump. Tidy people who recycle and sweep up leave us nothing.”

A team of 20 volunteers from the research group conducted the excavation between 13 July and 28 July and celebrated following the findings.

Market Inn garden 2019

Archaeologists landed in a Kent beer garden after 15 years of searching for an ancient royal manor.

Faversham has often been on the radar of historians, with records tracing the area back to a pre-Roman settlement.

It has a strong connection with royalty, known as the King’s Town, and several royal charters including the Magna Carta have in previous centuries granted the town permission to govern itself independently to the rest of the country.

David and Sue Potts, managers at The Market Inn, were taken aback by the centuries-old secrets lying beneath a seemingly inconspicuous place for the community to gather.

“I knew that these guys had been looking for Saxon finds in Faversham for a while, in particular the so-called Kings Manor,” Mr Potts said.

“I suspected there might be some evidence of human activity near the pub, but I don’t think anybody expected anything on this scale.”

For Dr Reid, the pub remaining open during the dig provided a highlight as the research mission concluded.

“It is really lovely that the find is in the pub garden,” she said. “It means we can get the public involved. We love that community feel and it’s wonderful to have the children watching.”

Researchers now hope to clean the remains ready for preservation at Faversham Museum.



SPILLETT George 1867+

SPILLETT Thomas 1871+ (age 33 in 1871Census)

FRENCH William 1874-82+ (age 46 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

HODGE Charles 1888-1913+ (widower age 74 in 1901Census) Swinock's Faversham DirectoryKelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913

JEFFREY William 1922-38+ Post Office Directory 1922Voile and Robersons Faversham and District Directory 1926Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938

POTTS David & Sue 2019+


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874]


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Swinock's Faversham DirectorySwinock's Faversham Directory 1888

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Voile and Robersons Faversham and District Directory 1926Voile and Robersons Faversham & District Directory 1926

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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