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The county of Kent is situated on the south-east of England on London's eastern border and is one of the home counties. It is often referred to as "The Garden of England" because of its relative abundance of fruit-growing and hop gardens.

Kent has provided inspiration for several notable writers and artists. Canterbury's religious role gave rise to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a key development in the English language. The father of novelist Charles Dickens worked at the Chatham Dockyard; in many of his books, the celebrated novelist featured the scenery of Chatham, Rochester, and the Cliffe marshes.

During the late 1930s, Nobel Prize-awarded novelist William Golding worked as a teacher at Maidstone Grammar School, where he met his future wife Ann Brookfield. William Caxton, who first introduced the printing press to England, was born in Kent; the recent invention was key in helping many Kent dialect words and spellings to become standard in English. Below is a list of the cities and towns in Kent :-

Aylesford

Ashford International

Birchington Secluded beach and coffee houses

Broadstairs is known for it's lovely sandy beach, restaurants, coffee houses and Bleak House where Charles Dickens lived for many years.

Canterbury Lovely town with the Chaucer Tales and Canterbury Cathedral

Charing

Chatham Charles Dickens worked at the Chatham Dockyard.

Conyer Small marina alongside a creek.

Cranbrook

Dartford Darrent Valley hospital with views over the bridge

Dymchurch

Deal

Dover Cinque port, famous white cliffs and Dover Castle

Edenbridge

Faversham Market Town of Kings with lots of old pubs and lovely creek. Photos

Fordwich

Gravesend

Herne Bay Amazing coastal views

Hythe One of the Cinque ports

Lydd

Marden

Margate Famous coastal town

Maidstone Well known for Leeds Castle which is about 5 miles (8.05 km) away.

New Romney

Northfleet

Rainham

Ramsgate Lovely marina and restaurants

Rochester Very historic docks

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Queenborough

Sandwich One of the Cinque ports

Sevenoaks

Sheerness Small island on the north Kent coast

Sittingbourne

Snodland

Southborough

Strood

Swanscombe

Tenterden One of the Cinque ports

Tonbridge

Westgate-on-Sea

Westerham

West Malling

Whitstable Well known for sea food and art



Photos from around Kent




Broadstairs Viking Beach
This is Broadstairs. Its well-known for its lovely sandy beach (Viking Bay), restaurants and Bleak House which is where Charles Dickens lived for many years.

Before he died it was called Fort House but took the name Bleak House when he died. It is shown on the photo below on the right side on high ground. Bleak House also has a dungeon ... although it's no longer in use !



Bleak House

Bleak House Dungeon




Canterbury Butter Market
This the Butter Market in the heart of Canterbury. It is the main entrance to Canterbury Cathedral.

Nearby are many fine restaurants and pubs.



Canterbury Cathedral






Faversham market
Faversham is situated on the north Kent coast in between Sittingbourne and Whitstable. It has a market in the town centre on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturday and sometimes on a Sunday.

It is well-known for its historical pubs and a picturesque creek with restaurants either side.



Faversham creek







This is Leeds Castle near Maidstone. It is a Grade 1 listed building since 1952. A castle has been on the site since 1086.

In the 13th century it came into the hands of King Edward I; in the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a place for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon to live. The castle today dates mostly from the 19th century and is built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len to the east of the village of Leeds.

It has been open to the public since 1976 and every year it holds a Classical Concert which includes fireworks, classical music, Spitfire flybys.











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