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The Creek, The Carpenter, and The Charming Kitchen Makeover

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Before and After Pics AND an Adventure through Faversham, Kent.

Hey there, fellow readers! Welcome to a Creek, a townhall on stilts, and a Kitchen in Faversham, a Kentish Adventure!!

Today, I'm excited to share my latest carpentry project in the charming town of Faversham. This job holds a special place in my heart because it's for a dear friend, Katherine, who's like a big sister to me. We go way back, and our love for the countryside brought us together at the local ale house, where we've exchanged countless stories about her character-filled dad, Martin.

Katherine approached me for help in fitting her kitchen, and needless to say, I was more than eager to lend a hand. Her style is wonderfully unique, and it's beautifully reflected in her galley kitchen, which feels surprisingly open and inviting. The matt units paired with solid oak worktops create a perfect harmony that suits her qwerky personality.

Now, let me take you on a virtual journey to the picturesque town of Faversham, but before we do allow me to give a historic backdrop to this amazing town.

The Creek in Faversham has a rich history that dates back centuries, and its significance in the town's development has been integral to its growth and prosperity. The waterway has played a crucial role in shaping Faversham's identity as a maritime and market town.

The origins of the Creek can be traced back to Roman times when Faversham, then known as "Fefresham," was a bustling hub for trade and commerce. The Creek served as a natural harbor, providing a safe anchorage for ships and a convenient location for loading and unloading goods.

Check out this great video 'Experience Faversham' from Visit Faversham

During the medieval period, Faversham's Creek became a thriving center for the export of wool and the import of various goods. The town's prosperity continued to grow as it developed into a prominent market town, attracting merchants and traders from all around. In the 14th century, the construction of a stone bridge across the Creek improved access to the town, facilitating trade and travel. The Creek's strategic location made it a valuable asset during times of war, and it played a role in maritime activities during the Tudor period and beyond.

Faversham's Town Hall, another iconic landmark, has a history that is closely intertwined with the Creek. The original Town Hall was constructed in the late 16th century and stood near the Creek's waterfront. This impressive building served as the administrative center for the town and a venue for local meetings and events.

However, the original Town Hall was demolished in the 18th century, and the current building we see today was erected in 1793. The new Town Hall, situated in the town center but still in close proximity to the Creek, is an elegant and stately structure with a grand façade, capturing the essence of Georgian architecture.

As Faversham continued to flourish in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Creek remained an essential aspect of the town's economy. The maritime industries, including shipbuilding, brewing, and brickmaking, further contributed to Faversham's prosperity and cemented the Creek's place in the town's history.

In modern times, the Creek is not only a reminder of Faversham's historical roots but also a picturesque attraction for residents and visitors alike. The waterfront area has been revitalized, with charming walking paths, restaurants, and cafes lining its banks.

The Creek now serves as a recreational spot, offering boat trips and a serene ambiance to those who visit.

Today, Faversham's Creek stands as a witness to the town's rich heritage and its enduring connection to the maritime world. It continues to be a source of pride for the residents, a vibrant symbol of Faversham's past and present, and a reminder of the town's journey through time.

Now let me tell you, Faversham is a hidden gem, nestled around the stunning creek (mentioned above) with its charming town hall proudly standing on stilts. Working here was an absolute delight, and we took every opportunity to explore the area during our breaks.

One of our favorite spots was the food stalls outside Maknade. The Macknade is a food lover's paradise and a true blessing for Kent. This delightful 6 generations family-owned destination has been a beloved fixture in the area since 1847, and it continues to be a mecca for those seeking the finest local produce and gastronomic delights. Don't take my word for it, you can hear straight from the horse's mouth from Stefano the CEO of Macknade.

Stepping into Macknade is like stepping into a culinary wonderland. The moment you walk through the doors, you are greeted by a feast for the senses – the tantalising aroma of freshly baked bread, the colorful displays of vibrant fruits and vegetables, and the array of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie that tempt you to indulge in every gourmet delight imaginable.

On a delightful Friday, we treated ourselves to some delicious burgers while basking in the vibrant atmosphere of the town.

It's moments like these that make working in Faversham so special.

Enough about Faversham, let's take a look at the work itself! We began by laying down a composite click-fit tile effect flooring, which not only adds to the aesthetics but is also super easy to maintain – perfect for a busy kitchen. Then came the exciting part – fitting the kitchen cabinets. Everything went smoothly, thanks to Katherine's impeccable design ideas from the talented Howdens designer.

The two-tone gloss handless cabinets against the rich oak worktops, accompanied by an elegant up-stand, gave the kitchen a contemporary yet rustic charm. We made necessary plumbing amendments, and the addition of a stunning Belfast sink with drainer grooves truly brought the whole design together. The sleek black appliances added a touch of sophistication and served as the finishing touch to this marvelous project.

Take a look at these Before & After perspectives of this wonderful project!

As always, the end product was yielded by our dedication and passion for carpentry. Katherine's kitchen now shines as a unique and functional space, a true reflection of her personality and style. It's a reminder of the memorable time we spent working together and sharing stories about her unforgettable dad, Martin.

During the project, we had the pleasure of meeting Katherine's lovely neighbour, Carol. Carol the 'Patron Saint of beverages' we called her! Carol would often pop by to offer us coffee or a refreshing drink. I must say that the warmth of the community in Faversham truly adds to the overall experience of working here.

To wrap it up, Faversham holds a special place in my heart, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to work here and appreciate the vibrant community, picturesque scenery, and, of course, the wonderful friendship with Katherine. Here is what Katherine has to say... (more testimonials here)

Katherine Crawford owner of the new kitchen
Katherine Crawford

Ieuan Jones recently transformed my Victorian galley kitchen. A complete rebuild was needed, including flooring. Ieuan creatively gave suggestions and found solutions personal to my requirements. He is a tidy, trustworthy craftsman whom I can thoroughly recommend

Until next time, stay tuned for more carpentry adventures, as I continue my journey of turning houses into homes, one kitchen at a time.

Cheers, Your Kentish Carpenter with a Flair for Words As always if you know of anyone who needs a friendly neighbourhood Carpenter, with no job too big and no job too small AND more than willing to travel please send them my way. More about my services here

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