Linking the town and Port of Faversham with the sea
Oil on canvas, 51x41 cm, £175 including frame
The historic port of Faversham exists because of Faversham Creek, a tidal watercourse which links the town to The Swale and the Thames, to the North Sea and the English Channel, and beyond. By the 13th century, Faversham was a thriving port of regional significance and incorporated into the Cinque Ports as a 'limb' of Dover. As the town prospered over the following centuries, local industries developed including brewing, boat building, brick production and explosives manufacturing. Trade brought wealth with cargo barges carrying wool, coal, bricks, gunpowder, agricultural produce to London and oysters to Europe. With the advent of rail and later improved road transport, commercial trading diminished and finally ceased in the late 1980s.