town (parish), Swale district, administrative and historic county of Kent, southeastern England. Faversham grew first as a port on the River Swale near Watling Street. It was assessed in 1086 as a royal demesne, and a market was held there. King Stephen (ruled 1135-54) founded a Cluniac (later Benedictine) monastery in 1147.

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