Faversham is one of a tiny handful of English towns which can boast a medieval version of King John’s famous Magna Carta. The charter is one of the most celebrated documents of English history, revered the world over as one of the foundation documents of liberty and democracy. Faversham’s version, made over 700 years ago, is one of the best-preserved of all. It takes centre stage in Faversham Town Council’s new exhibition, presented alongside its other royal charters which have been carefully preserved in the town for centuries.
The town of Faversham preserves a magnificent series of charters, most granted by kings of England’. Several form part of the charters exhibition, but all eighteen can be viewed here on the website.
Copies of this confirmation of Magna Carta granted in 1300, which includes the whole text of Magna Carta, were sent to many towns throughout the country. At the foot of this copy it is stated in Latin that it is for the barons of the Port of Faversham.
Faversham has a magnificent series of royal charters granted to the town by successive English monarchs. The earliest surviving Faversham charter dates from the reign of Henry II in 1252 followed by eighteen more granted by 1685.