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Benjamin Adkins
1755-circa 1821
Mary Baker
Benjamin Adkins
Harriet Ratcliffe
born circa 1800
Benjamin Adkins 1
architect 2
of Faversham, Kent 3
born 27 October 1831, Rouen, France 4
baptized 19 March 1836, Rouen, Reformed Church 5
died 1908, Brighton 6
The following notes were supplied by John Coulter, based on work by
Dr Arthur Percival, of Faversham Heritage Centre.

He spent most of his childhood in France, where his father designed and built
boats for the Seine. He returned to Britain after his father's death at Rouen in

In 1851 the census return records him living at 3 Castle Place, Cantebury, and
gives his occupation as carpenter.

While training as an architect, he met his future bride, Sarah Rutherford, a
farmer's daughter, and married her in 1860 at the parish church of Belmont, on
the outskirts of Durham, which he had helped to design.

Back in Kent he sought a suitable town in which to set up a practice. He settled
in Faversham, where, in 1868, he designed a house for himself and his family,
the handsome Newton Lodge, in Newton Road, now marked with a Faversham
plaque. Here he also worked, designing some of the finest Victorian buildings in
the Faversham area.

Qualifying ARIBA in 1869, he became the town's first architect. Among his many
buildings are Davington School, Faversham, and the purpose-built offices of the
Shepherd Neame brewing company at 16-17 Court Street, Faversham, complete
with hop motif around the door.

He also designed the splendid 13 Market Place, Faversham ( now the National
Westminster Bank), Faversham Gospel Mission and an addition to nearby
Graveney's village school.

A freemason in Faversham's Lodge of Harmony, Adkins oversaw, in 1887, the
sensitive conversion, for masonic purposes, of the old grammar school, built
three centuries earlier in 1587-88. Towards the end of his life, he moved to
Brighton, where he died in 1908.

married 18 September 1860 at Belmont Parish Church, Durham 7

Sarah Rutherford
born circa 1836

Percy Rutherford
b. c1868

Harriet Sophia
b. c1870

Benjamin Ratcliffe

children of Benjamin and Sarah Adkins

Percy Rutherford Adkins 8 born circa 1868
physician 9
born circa 1868, Faversham, Kent 10

Harriet Sophia Adkins born circa 1870
born circa May 1870, Faversham, Kent 11

Benjamin Ratcliffe Adkins born 1872
born 1872, Faversham, Kent 12

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