About The Purifier Building

This 19th century brick building was part of the town Gas Works, and had various uses including metering the gas when it came out of the ‘purifiers’ on the adjacent wharf. Part of the pipework can still be seen in the tiled floor in the Arthur Percival Room, at the southern end of the building.

The building was in a dreadful state of decay after many decades of neglect when the Trust took it on, at a peppercorn rent, from the then-owners, the Co-op. With the help of many volunteers, many loads of pigeon droppings were removed, the roofs restored, and it was all brought back into use. The eastern wing is now used by a block-maker, and the main arm of the building houses the workshop of a boat-builder, the Shipwrights’ Hall, and the Arthur Percival Room. That was named in honour of the late founder of the Faversham Society who was so instrumental in recording the unique history of the creek and the town, and alerting the community to the architectural and maritime treasures it possesses. His history of the creek can be found here…

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Covid and the Creek

Many of our activities have had to be postponed due to covid lockdown and other constraints. We will resume our programme once it is safe to do so.

New Rowing Club Open Days – Have-a-go! 2021

  The new Faversham Rowing Club, based for the moment in the Trust’s Purifier Building, is running two open weekends for people to have a go at rowing. The Trust’s newly launched skiff Avocet will be available. The invitation is...

St Ayles Skiff ‘Avocet’ Launched

The Mayor of Faversham, Cllr Alison Reynolds, took to the oars wearing her gold chain of office when the town’s first coastal rowing skiff ‘Avocet’ was launched in the Creek on Saturday. The boat was commissioned by the Creek Trust. Cheered...

Plant Sale 29 May at the Purifier Building

Our annual fundraising plant sale will be at the Purifier Building on Saturday 29 May from 10am – 3pm. Donations of labelled plants would be very welcome: bring them along on the day. If you would like to help run...

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