King Stephen wields power from beyond the grave in Faversham
Building work at the
Queen Elizabeth School in Faversham
Faversham's mystery monarch is causing havoc from beyond
the grave... delaying building work at his potential burial
Work on a new auditorium and sixth form centre was due to start
at the Queen Elizabeth’s grammar school in Abbey Place after the
But, after attention turned to the final resting place of King
Stephen (pictured below), building work was stopped at the site for
The body of the medieval king, along with his wife Queen Matilda
and son Eustace, were buried in the grounds of the former Faversham
Abbey church in 1154.
The Abbey was dissolved in 1538 by Henry VIII and most of it was
But that site is now home to the grammar school’s playing
And after the discovery of Richard III in a car park it could
now be that fellow monarch King Stephen is buried in the Faversham
school’s playing fields.
Head teacher David Anderson said: “The prospect of
Faversham having its own slice of history is very exciting.
“The building of the new auditorium and sixth form centre is now
under way, despite considerable delays due to archaeology.
“There has been some sensitivity around this, probably due to
the recent discovery of Richard III in Leicester.
“The location of the remains of King Stephen are still unknown
but may well be on the school grounds.
“This has certainly slowed the building works. Even as we speak,
we have archaeologists in the trenches that will form the
foundations of the new sixth form and humanities centre. Who knows
what they will find!”
Legend has it King Stephen’s bones were thrown into Faversham
Creek when the building was dismantled.
However, the exact location of his skeleton remains shrouded in
mystery and it has been suggested the former king could be buried
beneath the school grounds.
Rumours also circulated that a tomb in nearby Faversham Parish
Church of St Mary of Charity could be home to the bones.
Interest has grown after
the remains of Richard III were discovered underneath a car
park in Leicester. Picture: University of Leicester
The building delays follow calls for Faversham to find its long
Manager of Faversham Enterprise Partnership Laurence Young said:
“It’s time to get to the truth about King Stephen and his burial
“The worldwide interest in Richard III has been colossal and,
while Stephen doesn’t have his profile as a leading historic
figure, he is one of very few English kings whose fate is not known
“From a national perspective it is something that ought to be
investigated and settled one way or the other.”
The schools hopes to have the new building up and running by
October this year.
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