fore the probability, that one of the two churches named in (D.B.) in Eynsford manor, might have stood at Earningham ; which is mentioned moreover in very close relation to Eynsford.— " De his habent monachi Cantuarienses iv libras ad vestitum suorum. Of these," i.e., the sums paid to the archbishop's military, " milites, the monks of Canterbury have four pounds for their clothing." (D. B.)
125. Faversham.— In Saxon Fafresham and Fafresfeld. (Lambarde.) The latter name is used in the Saxon Chronicle, in mentioning the place where K. Stephen was buried. It is also spelled " Feferesham" in a charter of A.D. 850. (Cod. Dipl. V., 96).— Though (D. B.) alludes to no church here, there is reason to believe, as stated in the Preface, that one actually existed at Eaversham before the Survey under K. William I. This king is said to have given the church of Faversham to the abbey of St. Augustin, Canterbury. (Monast. I, 144.) In (A.D. 1291) we find " Ecclia de Favresham, note, cum capella de Sheldwich eidem annexa." In 1168 both these churches had been appropriated to St. Augustin's Abbey, Canterbury. (Hasted).— The abbey of Faversham (of which not a vestige remains) was founded by K. Stephen, about A.D. 1140. (Lambarde.) The Monasticon gives 1147 (IV, 568.) In 1148 according to Kilburne. Somner asserts, that the abbey was founded for Benedictine monks, not Cluniacs as stated by Camden. He quotes an instrument from the superior of that order releasing Clarembald, the first abbot of Faversham, and his companions (who came from the abbey of Bermondsey, in Surrey) from their vows of allegiance to the order.— Q. Matilda as well as K. Stephen is said to have been buried at Faversham. (Monast. IV, 569.)
126. Folkstone. "There were antiently five churches in" Folkstone; the names of three were ".St. Peter, St. Mary, and St. Paul, all which and one more (whose name I find not) are long since demolished, and onely one of the said five is now remaining, which was founded in the said Towne by one Nigellus of Munevile (Lord of the same) in the year 1095, and dedicated to St. Mary and St. Eanswith." (Kilburne.) The destruction of the above four churches he afterwards attributes to the sacking of Folkstone by Earl Godwin some time previous to the Norman invasion of England.
A nunnery had been erected here by Eadbald, king of Kent, for his daughter Eanswith (about A.D. 630, Monast. I, 451; A.D. 640, Lambarde) who was the first prioress, and died about