Kent /ˈkɛnt/ is a county in South East England, and one of the home counties. It borders East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London and has a defined boundary with Essex in the middle of the Thames Estuary. The ceremonial county boundaries of Kent include the shire county of Kent and the unitary borough of Medway. Kent has a nominal border with France halfway through the Channel Tunnel. Maidstone is its county town and historically Rochester and Canterbury have been accorded city status, though only the latter still holds it.
Kent's location between London and the continental Europe has led to it being in the front line of several conflicts, including the Battle of Britain during World War II. East Kent was known as Hell Fire Corner during the conflict. England has relied on the county's ports to provide warships through much of the past 800 years; the Cinque Ports in the 12th–14th centuries and Chatham Dockyard in the 16th–20th centuries were of particular importance to the country's security. France can be seen clearly in fine weather from Folkestone, and the iconic White Cliffs of Dover.
Because of its abundance of orchards and hop gardens, Kent is known as "The Garden of England" – a name often applied when marketing the county or its produce, although other regions have tried to lay claim to the title. Major industries in the north-west of Kent have included cement, papermaking, and aircraft construction, but these are now in decline. Large parts of Kent are within the London commuter belt. South and East Kent rely on tourism and agriculture. Coal mining has also played its part in Kent's industrial heritage.
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... The Municipality of Chatham-Kent currently consists of the communities of Appledore, Arkwood, Bagnall, Baldoon, Bates Subdivision, Bearline, Beechwood, Blenheim ...
... The Duchess of Kent is the title given to the wife of the Duke of Kent. 2nd Baron Crewe, first wife of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent Sophia (died 1748), daughter of William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, second wife of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent Princess Victoria of Saxe-Cobu ...
... The Chatham Kent Daily Post is the only daily online newspaper in Chatham-Kent that provides coverage of local news, sports, entertainment, and cultural events as well as a number of regular contributing columnists ... The Chatham-Kent Sports Network is an online sports specific news source covering local sports news, scores, and highlights from each of Chatham-Kent's communities ... CKSN also follows Chatham-Kent athletes who have progressed to the Junior, College, International, or Professional ranks ...
... Kent has one sister city, Dudince, a small spa town of about 1,500 people in southern Slovakia ... established in 2003 through Sister Cities International and resulted in the formation of the Kent-Dudince Sister City Association to promote learning and ... Cultural exchanges have included a performance of a choir from Kent's Theodore Roosevelt High School in Dudince in 2004 and tour groups from Kent visiting in 2006 and 2008 ...
Famous quotes containing the word kent:
“Main Street was never the same. I read Gide and tried to
translate Proust. Now nothing is real except French wine.
For absurdity is reality, my loneliness unreal, my mind tired.
And I shall die an old Parisian.”
—Conrad Kent Rivers (19331968)