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Faversham, Kent, Gravel Pit House, mystery

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Christina Report 1 Apr 2006 19:06

Does anybody have any information about Gravel Pit House? My great-grandfather died there in 1942 and I am trying to work out why because his home (and family) were all in Garlinge, near Margate. It does state on the certificate that he was 'of 131 High Street Garlinge'. Given that he was 72, retired, that the informant was recorded as the occupier of the house and was not a relative of any sort , and he died of chronic myocarditis I can't see that he would be off on a jaunt of any kind. Any help would be gratefully received. Christina


Merry Report 1 Apr 2006 19:41

Old People's Home?? Merry


Christina Report 1 Apr 2006 20:06

Thanks for the suggestion Monty but I don't think that the informant would have been recorded as the occupier in that case. Nevertheless, I shan't discard the idea, you never know. C


Merry Report 1 Apr 2006 20:15

The occupier is just the ''head of the household''.....the opposite of an Inmate, which today sounds like someone in an institution, but previously meant someone living in a property who wasn't the occupier. Merry


Merry Report 1 Apr 2006 20:16

Maybe you could try Post Office Directories at Faversham Library? Merry


Christina Report 1 Apr 2006 20:37

Good idea, I'll have to see if I can get there next time I am in the UK. C


Unknown Report 1 Apr 2006 20:41

Nursing home? 1942 would be during the war, maybe his own house was requisitioned?


Unknown Report 1 Apr 2006 20:47

Alternatively he could have been just passing when he was taken ill, taken in and died. nell


Merry Report 1 Apr 2006 20:49

You could probably email the library........... Merry


Merry Report 1 Apr 2006 20:53

Hmmmm, having said that, I can't see an email addy for them! Here's the postal address: Faversham Local Studies Collection Faversham Library, Newton Road Faversham, Kent ME13 8DY Merry


Merry Report 1 Apr 2006 20:57

You can email Sittingbourne Library: sittingbournelibrary at (replace the at) Merry


Christina Report 1 Apr 2006 21:34

His house was a tiny rundown terraced house, def not requisitioned. Faversham isn't really on the way to anywhere he would be expected to go, but a possibility I guess. Thanks for the address, Monty. C.


Cali369 Report 3 Nov 2017 11:35

Sorry to resurrect this thread but I was also searching for info on Gravel Pit House and it seems it was the informal name for the workhouse.

Doesn't explain why your g-grandfather ended up there but might help

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 3 Nov 2017 11:59

If it was a workhouse then most had their own infirmary

You didn't have to be in the workhouse to receive medical treatment in the infirmary. If you couldn't afford private treatment then treatment would be given in the infirmary as an patient not as a workhouse inmate

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 3 Nov 2017 12:01


Gravel Pit House, or Gravel Pit House Hospital, was a 'polite' name for the Faversham Union Workhouse, which stood at the end of Lower Road, about a mile west of the town centre. It was so called because it overlooked a gravel pit.

It closed in the late 1980s, and was demolished in 1991 to make way for a small housing estate, where Lewis Close commemorates the dedicated work of Lionel Lewis and his wife, who between them administered the facility after it became a combination of old people's care home and geriatric hospital.

The records of the workhouse are now at the Centre for Kentish Studies in Maidstone. The Faversham Society has published two studies of it in its series of 'Faversham Papers', which you can read about elsewhere on this site. However these probably don't cover the period in which you're interested.

I hope this helps.

Arthur Percival - for The Faversham Society - see