12 Market Place
Faversham, Kent, ME13 7AE

Opening Times: Tues - Sat 10am to 4pm
Sun 11am to 3pm
Monday (Group bookings only)


Charters & Magna Carta

Charters & Magna Carta

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 III in 1252, followed by eighteen more granted by 1685. Most of these were carefully kept.
For a town of its size, the charter collection of Faversham is one of the finest anywhere in England.

In the exhibition room you will see a selection of them, including an example of Magna Carta, one of the most celebrated documents in English history. Also on display are other documents, maps and artefacts that have been preserved here in the town for many centuries.

What's on display

What's on display


  • Faversham’s earliest common seal 1295
  • Magna Carta 1300
  • Henry IV’s illuminated charter, 1408
  • Henry VIII’s charter
  • The Custumal Book
  • The Common Horn
  • The Oyster Fishery Maps
Funding & Support

Funding & Support

Faversham Town Council is grateful to the following for funding this exhibition:

The Edward Vinson Trust, The Faversham Heritage Fund and Henry Hatch Charity of Faversham Municipal Charities, Bensted’s Charity, Queenborough Fishery Trust, Swale Borough Council – Heritage Grant, Cllr Ben J Martin – Swale Member’s Grant, Cllr Hannah Perkin – Swale Member’s Grant, Cllr Eddie Thomas – Swale Member’s Grant.

It could not have been achieved without the help of:

Justin Croft, Sheila Sweetinburgh, Diane Heath, Sarah Stanley, Paul Upton, The Faversham Society, Tassells Solicitors.

Design and construction by Darius Wilson Associates.