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- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Forest Row
- Haywards Heath
- Herne Bay
- New Romney
- Romney Marsh
- St. Leonards-On-Sea
- Tunbridge Wells
- West Malling
The pebbled beaches of Brighton, white cliffs of Dover, the history of Hastings and the green ‘Garden of England’ (Kent) form almost a mini tour of England. The region has inspired some of the country’s most famous creators of art including landscape painters, J.M. Turner, Richard Dadd and Thomas Stanley Cooper. The region has also inspired authors such as Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Golding and the creator of Rupert the Bear, Mary Tourtel.
A little history...
The famous Battle of Hastings in 1066 between King Harold and William the Conqueror actually took place seven miles away in a place now known as Battle.
Rochester in Kent has strong connections with famous writer, Charles Dickens, who lived in Chatham as a child. He featured several local landmarks in his books and returned in 1856 to live out the rest of his life in Gad’s Hill Place at Higham.
You may not know...
The origin of the verb ‘to canter’ came from the name given to the way pilgrims rode their horses to get to the city before the night-time curfew i.e. the Canterbury trot.
Under the cliffs of Dover there are secret tunnels which were carved out by prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars. They were later used by Winston Churchill as headquarters during WWII.
Famous face: Christopher Marlowe, Elizabethan poet and playwright, was born in Canterbury in around 1564.
Annual average: 9.5 - 11.5°C
Coldest months: January, between 0.5 - 3°C (average)
Highest ever recorded*: 38.5°C, Faversham, Kent, 10th August 2003
*This is the highest recorded temperature anywhere in UK