23 Facts About Folkestone


Folkestone is a port town on the English Channel, in Kent, south-east England.

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Folkestone expanded further west after the arrival of the railway in 1843 as an elegant coastal resort, thanks to the investment of the Earl of Radnor under the urban plan of Decimus Burton.

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Folkestone was greeted by the Anglo Saxon pagan King of Kent, Æthelberht and his Christian Queen, Bertha.

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St Eanswythe appears on the town's seal, along with William Harvey, the Folkestone-born 17th-century physician who discovered the circulation of the blood.

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Norman knight held a Barony of Folkestone, which led to its entry as a part of the Cinque Ports in the thirteenth century and with that the privilege of being a wealthy trading port.

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Dover Hill, the highest point in Folkestone, was a sighting point for the Anglo-French Survey, which measured the precise distance between the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the Paris Observatory.

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Until the 19th century Folkestone remained a small fishing community with a seafront that was continually battered by storms and encroaching shingle that made it hard to land boats.

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Insofar as national government is concerned, Folkestone is part of the constituency of Folkestone and Hythe, which is currently represented by Damian Collins.

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Folkestone is located where the southern edge of the North Downs escarpment meets the sea.

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In contrast to the white cliffs at Dover further to the east, the cliffs at Folkestone are composed of greensand belonging to the Folkestone Formation and gault clay.

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Folkestone was at one stage a resort town with a developed shipping trade.

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Folkestone is near to two important Battle of Britain landmarks – the Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne and the Kent Battle of Britain Museum – the oldest Battle of Britain Museum in the UK.

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Together with Rendezvous Street, this part of Folkestone is thriving, with independent businesses and restaurants surrounded by colourful restored buildings.

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The journey time to London via this route has been reduced to under 1 hour; some trains from Folkestone West take as little as 52 minutes to reach the capital by High Speed Train.

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East Kent College have a Folkestone campus providing a variety of courses including Apprenticeships, Hairdressing and Construction.

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From 2007 to 2013 the University Centre Folkestone was located in the town providing a specialism in Performing Arts.

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The North Downs Way, starting its course in Surrey, reaches the coast at Folkestone and continues through Capel-le-Ferne, and to its end at Dover, some 8 miles away.

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Folkestone is home to the 'Hellfire Film Festival' that runs throughout the year at various locations.

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In 2016, in the event's 6th year, the organisers "Planet Folkestone" announced that they were stepping down from organising the free event as they could no longer commit their own time and resources to the event due to its ever-increasing costs and restrictions.

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Academy FM Folkestone carries commercial advertising and sponsorship under the terms of its Ofcom license.

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Folkestone is served by the county-wide stations Heart, KMFM, Gold and BBC Radio Kent.

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Folkestone is served by a low power small scale radio station, BFBS Radio, which broadcasts on 105.

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Folkestone is home to one of the most prominent Motorcycle Grasstrack clubs – Astra.

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