Friday, 23 March 2012

Maison Dieu, Faversham

Driving past this interesting site in Faversham, Kent we stopped to take a look
Unfortunately we were not able to go inside as it is only open on Saturdays

However, a significant fragment remains of this medieval hospital and hostel for kings built early in the 13th century.
For more than 3 centuries until it's foundation was dissolved in 1519 on the instructions of King Henry VIII, to grant all it's revenue and possessions to endow St. John's College Cambridge, the Maison Dieu was a considerable landmark along the pilgrim route for travellers to Canterbury, Dover and the Continent. 





I understand that the other part of the remains of this hospital is privately owned


Just a quick post as I will be at a conference this weekend and unlikely to get to my computer
Do hope that it is a good weekend for everyone

7 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I hope you have a wonderful conference this weekend. I always enjoy the sites you share with us.

Sara said...

What tales the Maison Dieu could tell!

Vee said...

Have a great time at the conference, learn a lot, fellowship a lot. Tell us all about it...

How interesting about this place. I will Google to learn more. An inn for kings and pilgrims... Hmmm...

Scriptor Senex said...

This style of building the second floor bigger than the ground floor used to be very popular and it's a shame so few of them remain. This is a great example, thanks.

Angela said...

What a wonderful piece of history. I am going to read more about this. Thanks!

CherryPie said...

That is a lovely old building, I hope you get to see inside one day.

I hope you have a good conference.

Midwest to Midlands said...

Hope you had a great conference and a good week ahead.