Kent on the extreme south-east of England is known as The Garden of England.
Access can be gained to Continental Europe via rail tunnel and car ferry.
The Royal Military Canal
At the beginning of the 19th century it was thought that a likely point of possible invasion by Napoleon’s Army was at Romney Marsh and as a result a unique defensive canal was built as a third line of defence after the Royal Navy and a line of 74 Martello Towers along the coast. Construction began at Seabrook near Hythe in Kent in 1804 and was competed in 1809 at a total cost of £234,000. It runs for 28 miles to Cliff End near Hastings. A Royal Military Road constructed parallel to the canal with an earth parapet 13 feet high had field guns positioned every 600 yards which as a whole formed an impressive defensive structure.
The canal is still well maintained being an important environmental site for the control of water levels in the area.
It is said that the seaside resort of FOLKESTONE is one of the sunniest places in mainland Britain with an average of 6 hours sunshine a day.
In the 6th century the Roman town of CANTERBURY became the seat of English Christianity under St Augustine. Building of the Cathedral, which is the seat of the primate of all England, was commenced in 1070.
Archbishop Thomas a Beckett was murdered on the altar steps in 1170 on the impetuous word of King Henry 11. His shrine, which is situated in Trinity Chapel, is a place of pilgrimage.
An interesting Grade 11 listed 18th century building in Faversham Road at LENHAM was originally the mortuary of the since demolished workhouse.
It subsequently became the town lock-up and then an air raid shelter.