The Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre,
located at 10-13 Preston Street in the centre of Faversham (see map on right), offers the following services for members, locals and visitors to the town:
Fleur de Lis Museum reflecting the long and colourful history of the town.
The Heritage Centre also houses the Doddington Parochial and Marlow Libraries.
Tourist Information Centre (TIC) covering Faversham, Sittingbourne, Sheerness, the Isle of Sheppey, and the surrounding Swale Borough Council area.
Fleur de Lis Gallery hosting temporary exhibitions on a variety of themes.
Gift Shop selling cards, souvenirs and gifts with a Kentish theme including a comprehensive range of postcards.
Kentish Bookshop selling the Society’s own publications, books on Kent and Faversham; local maps; the history of explosives; hops; railways and trams; sailing barges; and reproductions of old maps
Guided Town Walks starting from the Heritage Centre, available at 1030 hrs on Saturdays from Easter to October.
The Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre is Monday to Saturday, 1000 to 1600 hrs and Sunday 1000 to 1300 hrs.
The Society's Second-hand Bookshop, located at 1a Gatefield Lane, is run by volunteers, with proceeds supporting the work of the Society. The shop is open on:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1000 to 1300 hrs Saturday, 1000 – 1530 hrs.
Nearest Car Parks: Bank Street (2 minutes’ walk) Forbes Road (4 minutes’ walk)
Road Access: M2/A251 (Junction 6) [4 minutes’ drive to car parks]
Rail Access: Mainline station at top of Preston Street (4 minutes’ walk)
Doddington Parochial Library
The Faversham Society is the custodian of the Doddington Parochial Library. This library was founded under the will of the Reverend Daniel Somerscales who died in 1737 and was augmented by others in the 19th century.
It is one of the few ancient libraries of this kind to have survived and consists of some 400 volumes primarily of an ecclesiastical nature. It is available for research by bona-fide students by appointment with the Librarian via the Faversham Society or by 01795 590726.
The Marlowe Library
The Library of the Christopher Marlowe Society is housed within the Faversham Society’s Fleur de Lis complex. It consists of some 500 volumes relating to Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and the papers of The Marlowe Society dated back to 1954 and the late Dolly Wraight. It is available for study purposes by members of the Marlowe Society and by previous appointment by students.
A catalogue of the collection appears on the Marlowe Society website.