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There is a new, very exciting business that has opened up in Kent and it is called Petticoat Lane Emporium. It is located in an old skating rink in Ramsgate which as you arrive is quite impressive itself, a beautiful large red brick building with a giant Petticoat Lane Emporium sign on the front.
There is currently no onsite parking but you can park in the nearby residential roads.
The original Roman name for Faversham, Durolevum, 'the stronghold by the clear stream,' is a testament to the strength of character of the town that still endures. The name morphed under the influence of post-Roman German settlers into Faversham, roughly 'homestead of smiths,' and today the town prides itself on its independent retailers, forging (in a different manner) their own paths to serve both local and tourist communities.
Evidence of the town's prosperity during the Middle Ages can still be seen in various timber buildings which still survive, and which lasted well into the nineteenth century, as its many robustly Victorian houses attest. The plentiful growth of hops and barley in Kent's fertile soil led to the founding of the Shepherd Neame Brewery, the oldest in the country, whilst the ruins of the Gunpowder Mills at Oare on Faversham's outskirts are evidence of the town's ready adaption to industrialisation and its literally explosive past.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the Keep it in Kent 2015 awards ceremony along with my fellow calendar competition winners who submitted a photograph of a Kentish business.
We were March, a collaboration between Li'l Tea Tank and Aye Aye (myself):
The awards were held in the beautiful Embankments restaurant in Maidstone, Kent (of course), located on the river Medway, a floating