24 Facts About Kent


Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties.

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Kent was one of the first British territories to be settled by Germanic tribes, most notably the Jutes, following the withdrawal of the Romans.

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Kent's economy is diversified: agriculture, haulage, logistics and tourism are various industries.

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In northwest Kent, industries include extraction of aggregate building materials, printing and scientific research.

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Large parts of Kent are within the London commuter belt and its strong transport connections to the capital and the nearby continent make Kent a high-income county.

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Caesar wrote that the people of Kent were 'by far the most civilised inhabitants of Britain'.

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Kent was traditionally partitioned into East and West Kent, and into lathes and hundreds.

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Some of Kent is contiguous with the Greater London sprawl, notably parts of Dartford.

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Coastline of Kent is continuously changing, due to tectonic uplift and coastal erosion.

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At the national level, Kent is represented in Parliament by 17 MPs, all of whom are Conservative except Rosie Duffield, Labour MP for Canterbury since 2017.

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Kent is sometimes known as the "Garden of England" for its abundance of orchards and hop gardens.

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Kent is the main area for hazelnut production in the UK.

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North Kent is heavily industrialised, with cement-making at Northfleet and Cuxton, brickmaking at Sittingbourne, shipbuilding on the Medway and Swale, engineering and aircraft design and construction at Rochester, chemicals at Dartford, papermaking at Swanley, and oil refining at Grain.

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The Kent Coalfield was mined during the 20th century at several collieries, including Chislet, Tilmanstone, Betteshanger, and the Snowdown Colliery, which ran from 1908 to 1986.

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Kent has bridge trusts to maintain its bridges, and though the great bridge at Rochester was replaced there are medieval structures at Aylesford, Yalding and Teston.

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Kent has provided inspiration for several notable writers and artists.

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The East Kent coast inspired many of his works, including some of his most famous seascapes.

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Kent has been the home to artists including Frank Auerbach, Tracey Emin and Stass Paraskos.

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Kent was the location of the largest number of art schools in the country during the nineteenth century, estimated by the art historian David Haste, to approach two hundred.

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Music festivals that take place in Kent include Chilled in a Field Festival, Electric Gardens, Hop Farm Festival, In the Woods Festival, Lounge On The Farm and the annual Smugglers Festival near Deal.

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Cricket has traditionally been a popular sport in the county and Kent is considered one of the locations in which the game first developed.

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Kent is home to two National League netball clubs, both based in northwest Kent: Telstars and KCNC .

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Much of Kent is served by the BBC's South East region, which is based in Tunbridge Wells and provides local news for the county and East Sussex.

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Kent has two county-wide stations – BBC Radio Kent, based in Tunbridge Wells; and the commercial station KMFM, owned by the KM Group.

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