Portal:Kent

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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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Dover Castle is situated at Dover, Kent and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history.

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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.

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Districts in Kent

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

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  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. Shepway
  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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