Sort file:- Faversham, September, 2022.

Page Updated:- Monday, 19 September, 2022.


Earliest 1758-


Closed 2009

6 Market Street


Swan 1909

Above photo circa 1909, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan 1912

Above photo, 6 July 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan Inn circa 1987

Above photo circa 1987.

Swan 2009

Above picture taken from Google maps, May 2009.

Swan Cafe and Restaurant Swan signSwan sign St Crispin

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 1 September 2012.

Swan sign 1986Swan sign 1991

Above sign left, October 1986, sign right, October 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Above photo, date unknown.


Two saints who reputedly came to Kent and stayed awhile were the brothers Crispin and Crispianus, the patron saints of shoemakers. Traditionally, their home was at Faversham, where Fremlin's "Swan Inn" now stands, carrying a plaque recording the event. The brothers fled from the Continent during the persecution of Christians by the Romans, so that they might practise their religion in peace in England. They worked as cobblers in Faversham before moving on elsewhere and finally suffering martyrdom.

Open 2014+ but in 2009 it closed as a pub and is now operating as a cafe and restaurant of the same name.


Kentish Gazette, 12 June, 1792.

Tuesday was married at the parish church of Faversham, Mr. Howard, of the "Swan Inn," Hythe to Mrs. S. Sparks, gardener of Faversham.


Kentish Gazette, 21 March 1820.


March 10, aged 90, Jane, fourth daughter of Mr. — Plack of the "Swan Inn," Faversham.


Kentish Gazette, 18 June 1844.

On Monday evening an inquest was held in the Town Hall, before J. G. Shepherd, Esq., Coroner, and a respectable jury, touching the death of Sarah, the wife of William Kennett, landlord of the "Swan," who died in consequence of the bursting of a blood-vessel in her leg, on Sunday night. After hearing the evidence of her husband, the surgeon, and a young man who happened to be in the house, corroborative of the above fact, the jury returned a verdict "Died by the visitation of God." The deceased was 41 years of age, highly respected by all who knew her, and has left a large family to whom her loss will be irreparable.


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 July 1848.


June 30, at Faversham, Mr. Kennett, landlord of the "Swan Inn."


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 11 June 1870.


(Before the Mayor and H Fielding, Esqs)


Edward Fentiman was charged with assaulting James Collins, on the previous night.

Complainant deposed that he lodged at the "Swan Inn." On the previous night, about a quarter-past eleven, he was in the front of the bar, when the prisoner came in drunk. The landlady, seeing the state prisoner was in, refused to serve him, and requested him to leave. He refused, and made use of an indecent expression. Witness remonstrated with him, and prisoner struck him a violent blow over the eye, causing the mark then to be seen.

Prisoner was further charged with wilfully breaking a pane of glass, value 10s., at the "Swan," to which he pleaded guilty. He also stated that he could not remember any thing about the assault. He had been a teetotaller for some time, and yesterday he took some gin, which he was sorry for now.

The Mayor said that considering the nature of the assault the Bench doubted whether they ought not to send him to gaol, but they would this time give him the option of paying a fine. For the assault he would be fined 10s. and 6s. 6d. costs, or imprisoned for fourteen days, and for the wilful damage he must pay a fine of 5s., 10s. the value of the glass, and 6s. 6d. costs, or go to prison for seven days.

Prisoner’s wife said she would try and get the money.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 24 February 1900. Price 1d.


The annual dinner of the employees it Messrs. W. E. and J. Rigdens brewery took place on Saturday evening last at the “Swan Inn.” Nearly one hundred sat down to an excellent repast, the very efficient catering of Mr. G. A. Hinks giving great satisfaction. After dinner a pleasant evening was spent. The chair was taken by Mr. M. Rudgard, while Mr. J. Reynolds occupied the vice-chair. An excellent programme was gone through. The toasts of “The Queen” and “The Firm” were received with enthusiasm. The songs were chiefly of a patriotic character, but special features of the evening were two songs by Messrs. J. Wise and T. Scott, the former introducing a very cleaver finger dance on an empty box, and the latter giving a rendering of “John Barleycorn,” with amusing impromptu additions. Mr. A. Hills played the piano accompaniments, and was assisted by Mr. Last (violin), Mr. T. Goodwin (bass), and Mr. Palmer (cornet). During the evening a collection was made in aid of the War Fund, with the result that 1 3s. 6d. has been remitted to the “Daily Mail.” The company dispersed at eleven o'clock.


The census of 1851 indicated that Mary Kennett had a sister two years younger than herself called Margaret.



STRONSHAM Henry & Samuel 1758 Whitbread Brewery records

KENNETT Thomas 1758-85+ Whitbread Brewery records

RIGDEN John 1785 Whitbread Brewery records

HOWARD Mr 1792+

PLACK ???? 1820+

MOORE Joseph Moore 1824-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

ATTAWAY John 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

KENNETT William 1840-July/48 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1840

KENNETT Mary A 1851+ (age 23 in 1851Census)

KENNETT Mrs Margaret 1855-58+ Post Office Directory 1855Melville's 1858

COOK John Elliott Cook 1862+ Post Office Directory 1862

HOLLOWAY Jane Holloway 1871+ (widow age 37 in 1871Census)

SMITH James 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

JEMMETT Charles 1881-82+ (age 52 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

MILSTEAD Henry 1888-94+ Swinock's Faversham DirectoryPost Office Directory 1891Kelly's Directory 1894

HINKS George A 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

STANLEY T G 1908 Guide to Faversham

LIGHTFOOT Henry Waters 1913-38+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1938


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862


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

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

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

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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