Oare village

Oare is a small village to the north of Faversham in Kent. According to Hasted in 1798 it was part of the hundred of Faversham. It was once recorded as Ore, meaning marshy place.

Historically, Oare was the southern terminus of the Harty Ferry which ran across the Swale from Harty on the Isle of Sheppey.

Oare’s church, St Peter’s, is a Grade I listed building and dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. It has stood through wars and conflicts and continues to serve the people of Oare and the surrounding marshes and rural communities of Uplees, Luddenham and Stone.  The main Sunday worship is the Parish Communion at 9am. The attractive churchyard with its pathways, flower beds and panoramic views remains open throughout the summer.

Oare also has two public houses – The Castle and The Three Mariners, which is Grade II listed.

Oare Marshes Nature Reserve, to the north of the village, is managed by Kent Wildlife Trust and is a wetland reserve known for its diverse migratory bird population, including many threatened species.

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park falls outside the village boundary but is a popular place to visit. It is managed by Swale Borough Council in partnership with Kent Countryside Management Partnerships.