A plaque on the former Ship Hotel in Market Place, Faversham, notes that this partly 15th century building, the town’s principal inn for centuries, was the main centre of Faversham’s coaching trade, which got into its stride in the 18th century and flourished till about 1850. The plaque records that John Wesley, founder of Methodism, stayed here in 1743. The preacher, in his diary in 1738, wrote of addressing the people in Market Place shortly after his return from a mission to America and finding them “more savage in their behaviour than the wildest [Red] Indians I have seen”. However, in 1788, he found a Faversham congregation “very large and deeply attentive”.
Location of the plaque
The former Ship Hotel in Market Place, Faversham, was visited by the preacher John Wesley