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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Our skiff gets her livery!

Here is St Ayles Skiff no 249 getting her livery – the Creek Trust logo – skilfully applied by local sign-writer (and stone carver) Clive Sherwood from West Street. We are still waiting to arrange her launch-date. Thanks to Jude...


St Ayles Skiffs

The St Ayles Skiffs is the latest boat-building project which the Creek Trust is pleased to help promote.  Alan Thorne, the boatbuilder based in our Purifier Building – is working with community organiser Jude Caryer to get these beautiful sea-going...


Faversham Swing Bridge

On Friday 26 March Helen Whately MP brought together representatives from Kent County Council, Faversham Town Council, the Faversham Society and the Faversham Creek Trust to discuss progress since their last meeting on 27 November 2020. After Helen opened the...


Faversham Safari 2021

The Safari has run for 8 years as a community fundraising event for the Trust. This year it will be on Sunday 1st August. If you would like to take part – either selling your stuff, or visiting stalls around...


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