Charles Dickens lived at Gad's Hill Place near the town, and lots of local events centre on Dickens. It became Cloisterham in Dickens' novel "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (his last, and unfinished story) We visited lots of interesting shops. There is a really good art shop, a lovely quilting shop and various antiques and junk shops. I was able to get some old postcards for a painting project I have in mind, some lovely fabric, and some paper sewing patterns for collage. The shop I liked the best was Fieldstaff Antiques. It has beautiful displays and a great array of vintage goodies.
It also has very friendly owners, one of whom-Jane-didn't mind at all that I wanted to take photos-so thanks Jane-your shop is lovely!The shop has three floors-so plenty to explore. Their website will give you a fun sepia tour of the shop.