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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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The white cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover, immortalized in popular song and verse, are cliffs which form part of the British coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France. The cliffs are part of the North Downs formation. The cliff face, which reaches up to 350 feet (110 m) high, owes its striking façade to its composition of chalk (pure white lime) accentuated by streaks of black flint. The cliffs spread east and west from the town of Dover, an ancient and still important English port.

The cliffs have great symbolic value for Britain because they face towards Continental Europe across the narrowest part of the English Channel, where invasions have historically threatened and against which the cliffs form a symbolic guard. Because crossing at Dover was the primary route to the continent before air travel, the white line of cliffs also formed the first (or last) sight of the UK for travellers.

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Credit: Michael Wilmore

The Kent & East Sussex Railway was opened by Colonel H.F. Stephens, the railway engineer, in 1900. At its fullest extent, it ran nearly 22 miles[35km] from Robertsbridge on the Tonbridge to Hastings main line to Headcorn on the main line between Tonbridge and Ashford, Kent.

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Derek Jarman (31 January 1942 – 19 February 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, artist, and writer. In his later years he lived at Prospect cottage, Dungeness, Kent.


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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