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Kent is a county in England, south-east of London. The county town is Maidstone. The city of Canterbury and Rochester (which was a city until 1998) have cathedrals.

The county has borders with East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London, and a defined boundary with Essex in the middle of the Thames estuary. The area has always had close transport links with Europe through its ports and since 1994 through the Channel Tunnel, it has a nominal border with France halfway along the tunnel.

Kent is known as the "Garden of England" because of its agricultural influence, extensive orchards and hop-gardens. Distinctive oast houses are common in the countryside, although many have been converted into residential dwellings.

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Minnis Bay

Birchington-on-Sea is a village in northeast Kent with a population of around 9,800. It is part of the district of Thanet and forms the civil parish of Birchington. It lies on the coast of the Thames Estuary, between the seaside resorts of Herne Bay and Margate.

As a seaside resort, the village is a notable tourist and retirement destination. The village's Minnis Bay is a family beach with attractions such as sailing, windsurfing, a paddling pool and coastal walking routes. Its three smaller beaches are surrounded by chalk cliffs, cliff stacks and caves.

The village was first recorded in 1240. Its parish church, All Saints, dates to the 13th century and its churchyard is the burial place of the 19th-century Pre-Raphaelite artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Quex Park, a local 19th-century manor house, is home to the Powell Cotton Museum of stuffed exotic animals and a twelve-bell tower built for change ringing.

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The Channel Tunnel is a 31 mile long rail tunnel beneath the English Channel connecting England to France.

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Selected biography

Rod Hull (born 13 August 1935 on the Isle of Sheppey, died 18 March 1999) was a popular entertainer on British television in the 1970s and 1980s. He rarely appeared without Emu, a mute, highly aggressive arm-length puppet.


Did you know...

Did you know...
  • ... that the only Edward Medal awarded in the Kent Coalfield was won at Tilmanstone Colliery, one of only four successful pits in Kent out of twelve planned or built?
  • ... that there were 36 Kings of Kent?
  • ... that Ramsgate is the only Royal Port in the country and a member of the Cinque Port Confederation?
  • ... that Dover '​s towering cliffs helped give Britain its nickname of Albion, meaning "white"?

The County

At the time of the 1831 census, Kent was the 10th largest county, covering 972,240 acres (3,934.5 km2), however by 1871 it had grown to 995,344 acres (4,028.01 km2) and became the 9th largest.


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