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"Kent, kênt, a county of England, forming the S.E. extremity of Great Britain, and having N. the Thames and North Sea, S.E. the Straits of Dover, S. Sussex and the English Channel. Area, 1570 square miles. Two principal ranges of hills, contiguous with the North Downs of Surrey and Hants, extend through the county from W. to E., which is elsewhere diversified with many minor ranges. In the S. are Romney Marshes and the tract termed the “Weald,” formerly a part of extensive forests, and still interspersed with numerous oak woods. In the N. are the islands of Sheppey and Thanet and the mouths of the Med way, Stour, and Darent Rivers. The products are more varied than in any other county, and generally superior in quality. Wheat, barley, and other grains, turnips, hops, clover, &c., are of the finest growth. Cherry-, plum-, and filbert-orchards are extensive, and much cider is made. Garden-seeds are important products. The stock of sheep is large; and the Romney Sreed is noted for its long wool. Agriculture is in an advanced state. Estates are small, owing to the Saxon custom of gavelkind, here still maintained, by which the lands of a father dying intestate are divided among all the sons alike. Paper-making and ship building are important interests. The Southeast Railway and its branches traverse the county. The chief towns are Maidstone (the county town), Dover, Deal, Greenwich, Chatham, Woolwich, Sandwich, Ramsgate, Margate, and Gravesend. The county sends twenty-one members to the House of Commons, fifteen of whom are from its boroughs, Kent was the country of the Cantii, and was the first established kingdom of the Saxon Heptarchy. Pop, 1,142,281."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1547 - (Kent) - The Royal Navy first used the River Medway in 1547 when a storehouse was rented on 'Jyllingham Water'.

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  • 1553 - Thomas Wyatt led an army into London from Kent in 1553, against Mary I.

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  • 1667 - (Kent) - Forts were built all along the coast following a daring raid by the Dutch navy on the shipyards of the Medway towns in 1667

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  • 1801 - (Kent) - As an indication of the area's military importance, the first Ordnance Survey map ever drawn was the 1 inch map of Kent, published in 1801. Work on the map started in 1795.

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  • 1830 - On Saturday night, 28 August 1830, a widespread uprising by rural workers began in East Kent, with the destruction of threshing machines in the Elham Valley area and by the third week of October, over one hundred machines had been destroyed.
    The uprising, that eventually became known as the Swing Riots, spread across southern England and East Anglia. The general unrest, particularly about ...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Kent, a county of England, forming the SE. extremity of Great Britain and adjoining the counties of Essex (from which it is separated by the Thames), ...Read MORE...


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