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The Faversham Gunpowder Mills --
Diggers Required.
by Arthur Percival and Brian Philp.

The campaign to excavate, conserve and restore the surviving parts of the highly important Gunpowder Mills at Faversham is now well under way. This excellent and progressive scheme to save these almost unique industrial monuments is being promoted by the Faversham Society (see Newsletter Number 5).

The first major advance has been a promise from the Ministry of Public Building and Works of 1,000 towards the estimated 3,150 cost of restoration. The second stage of the scheme will be an Appeal to official bodies and to the public to raise the rest of the money required.

However, the next immediate step concerns the actual archaeological excavation and clearance of trees and undergrowth. For this work members of the many Kent research groups are particularly invited to assist over two weekends as follows:

  • Saturday-Sunday ... 4th-5th March, 1967
  • Saturday-Sunday ... 11th-12th March, 1967

The site lies on the west side of the town towards Ospringe (NGR TR 010 613). Trains leave Victoria for Faversham at 8.40 am; Bromley South at 8.57 am; Chatham at 9.25 am. and arrive at Faversham about 9.50 am. The usual C I B direction-boards will be displayed. All diggers should come suitably clothed for winter work.

Tools will be provided. It may be possible to arrange for a small soup kitchen to be on the site and some accommodation may be available for those staying over the weekends. The site is strictly private and it is regretted that visitors cannot be allowed.

Work will start at 10 am each day and diggers should assemble by the gates of St Annes Lodge, South Street, Faversham. Smoking cannot be allowed.

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