Visit to Provenders
The Kent Archaeological Society arranged a visit to Provenders, near Faversham, which is now owned by a descendant of the Russian royal family, Princess Olga. The Grade II listed manor house contains 29 rooms. The oldest part dates back to the 14th century with various additions over the centuries. Time has taken its toll and it is in need of extensive renovation as we were to see.
It proved to be a popular venue as 62 members turned up for a guided tour of the house and grounds. We were split into three groups. Taking turns one group went round the downstairs rooms with Princess Olga, whilst the second group were shown the upstairs rooms and the third group went with a guide outside and saw some of the renovation work being carried out. After the tour of the house we walked to the local church at Norton and saw the graves of some of the Russian royal family before making our way to the local pub, the Plough Inn, where a fantastic spread awaited us.