Is Kent a county? (and 4 facts about the Garden of England)

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Yes, Kent is a county in the South East of England.

Kent has been the setting for some of England’s most notable moments in history, from the invasion of the Romans, over 2,00 years ago, through to the Battle of Britain during World War 2. The county has long been referred to as ‘The Garden of England’.

Kent: The Garden of England

Kent: The Garden of England, courtesy of Bramley & Teal

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Why is Kent called ‘The Garden of England’?

The landscape of the county is popular amongst hikers and sightseers alike. Boasting some of the most beautiful coastal stretches in the UK, beautiful rolling hills, fertile soil and orchards laden with fruit contribute to giving Kent the ‘The Garden of England’ title.

With over 221,000 hectares of farmland, this rich, fertile land produces around 90% of the country’s cherries and roughly 50% of its plums. Dating back to 1698, the Shepard Neame brewery is based in Faversham, brewing it’s beer using water from an artesian well (deep below the brewery) and hops grown in Kent.

The world’s first speeding fine

Walter Arnold has the unfortunate distinction of being the first person in the world to get convicted of speeding. The incident occurred in 1896 where the speed limit in the town of Paddock Wood was 2mph. The law also required a man with a red flag to walk with the vehicle to warn of its presence. With complete disregard for the law, Arnold sped through the town at 4 times the legal limit – a blistering 8mph – with no flag bearer, prompting a police constable to mount a bicycle and tear after the crazed motorist.

Arnold was flagged down after a 5-mile chase and fined a shilling for his crime. Needless to say, he wasn’t thrilled with the publicity, as he was an importer of Benz cars from Germany. Arnold would later use the Benz as a source of inspiration creating his own vehicle, the ‘Arnold Motor Carriage’.

The UK’s hottest temperature

Faversham has the honour of recording the UK’s hottest temperature. The high was recorded on 10 August 2003 with a sweltering 38.5 °C (101.3 °F), marking the first time in recorded history that the UK temperature had broken the 38 °C mark.

That day saw 13 locations throughout the UK break the record previously held by Cheltenham (37.1 °C on 3 August 1990).

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Birthplace of the Rolling Stones

Rolling stones logoThe Rolling Stones are one of England’s biggest gifts to the world of music. The band were on the forefront of the British Invasion of the United States in the 1960s, producing massive hits such as “Paint It Black” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”.

Both songs were co-written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who were both born in Dartford (home to Fitter Windows.) The pair became friends while attending Wentworth Primary School in the 1950s, and the rest will forever be part of rock and roll history.

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