Over the last couple of Saturday afternoons I've been stewarding for the first time in the Faversham
Society's Open House scheme, (this is the 48th year!) . On the 1st July I was at the 'Old Grammar School' which dates from 1587 ( and was in use as a school until 1879).
It's now a Masonic lodge but the evidence of it having been a schoolroom is in the centuries old graffiti carved into the wood panelling which has been preserved!
Queen Elizabeth Grammer School ( the modern day equivalent ) In quiet times between visitors I made drawings in a folded pamphlet of the view from my chair.
I did the same when stewarding on the 8th at the 'Old Pharmacy Courtyard' in the Market place behind the 'Yarn Dispensary' (a pharmacy from the 17th century until the 1980's)
Down a passageway lined with old timbers and doors that go nowhere is a remarkably complete mid-15th century timber framed town house! Almost every visitor ( over 200!) gasped at what they saw, it really is a hidden gem .
Not a straight line anywhere! Stewards perks was a tour of the house itself afterwards ( 2 flats with original features lovingly restored by the current owners).
This Saturday I'm at a house in West Street, as seen on our first visit to Faversham.