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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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St Giles Church, Wormshill

Wormshill is a small village and civil parish within the Borough of Maidstone in Kent. It lies on a high point of the North Downs roughly 10 miles (16 km) south from The Swale and 11 miles (18 km) north from Maidstone. The villages of Frinsted and Bicknor are approximately 2 miles (3 km) equidistant to the east and west respectively and Hollingbourne, 4 miles (6 km) to the south.

The village has been an agricultural community recorded as far back as the Domesday Book although sources attribute Wormshill's name to the Norse god Woden, suggesting earlier pre-Norman settlement. Today it remains a rural village situated in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a population of around 200.

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Channel Tunnel Terminal.jpg
Credit: StephenDawson

The Channel Tunnel terminal at Cheriton near Folkestone in Kent, from the Pilgrims' Way on the escarpment on the southern edge of Cheriton Hill, part of the North Downs.

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Selected biography

John Wallis

John Wallis (23 November 1616 – 28 October 1703) was a mathematician who is given partial credit for the development of modern calculus and is also credited with introducing the symbol for infinity. He was born in Ashford, Kent, and educated at a local school and at James Movat's school in Tenterden.


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.


Kents history...

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