Place:Preston-next-Faversham, Kent, England

TypeCivil parish
Located inKent, England
See alsoSwale (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There is also another place named Preston-by-Wingham or Preston-next-Wingham to the east in the Dover District.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

St Catherine's Church, Preston-next-Faversham is an Anglican church located in the town of Faversham in Kent, England.

Sir John Betjeman in the Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches has described St Catherine's as, "high and distinguished among the railways and breweries".

The Church in its current form originates from the Norman period, though there was extensive restoration work done in the 1860s. A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Preston-next-Faversham from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"PRESTON-NEXT-FAVERSHAM, a parish in Faversham district, Kent; on the London, Chatham, and Dover railway, at Faversham [railway] station, adjacent on the Sto Faversham. Post-town, Faversham. Acres: 1,547. Real property: £6,327. Population in 1851: 1,135; in 1861: 1,535. Houses: 297. The increase of population arose from employments in connection with [Faversham railway] station. The manor was originally called Coppanstone; was given, in the 9th century, by King Kenulf, to Christchurch, Canterbury; and afterwards took the name of Priest's Townor Preston. Preston House is the seat of G. Hilton, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £324. Patron: the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is early English; has a small tower; and contains a fine monument of Roger Boyle, and some brasses. Charities, £17."

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