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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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Herne Bay clock tower

Herne Bay is a seaside town on the north coast of Kent, with a population of around 35,000. It neighbours the ancient villages of Herne and Reculver and is part of the City of Canterbury district. It is 2 miles (3 km) east of Whitstable.

The town began as a small shipping community, receiving goods and passengers from London en route to Canterbury and Dover. The town rose to prominence as a seaside resort during the early 19th century after the building of a pleasure pier and promenade by a group of London investors, and reached its heyday in the late Victorian era. Its popularity as a holiday destination has declined over the past few decades due to the increase in foreign travel and the prevention of the town's redevelopment due to regular flooding. However, the recent renovation of the seafront, following improvements to sea defences, is expected to re-establish the town as a popular seaside resort.

Herne Bay's seafront is home to the world's first free-standing purpose-built clock tower, built in 1837, and until 1978, the town had the second-longest pier in the United Kingdom.

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Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site.

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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.


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Districts in Kent

Kent is divided into 12 local authority districts and Medway Unitary Authority.


  1. Sevenoaks
  2. Dartford
  3. Gravesham
  4. Tonbridge and Malling
  5. Medway
  6. Maidstone
  7. Tunbridge Wells
  8. Swale
  9. Ashford
  10. City of Canterbury
  11. Folkestone and Hythe
  12. Thanet
  13. Dover

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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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