Place:Kent, England

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NameKent
Alt namesKENsource: Curious Fox: UK Counties and Shires [online] (2002). accessed 16 Dec 2002
TypeHistoric county, Administrative county, Modern county
Coordinates51.2751°N 0.5205°E
Located inEngland
See alsoGreater London, Englandmunicipality into which part of Kent was absorbed in 1965
Contained Places
Area
Barnehurst ( - 1965 )
Barnes Cray ( - 1965 )
Bellingham ( - 1889 )
Bickley ( - 1965 )
Blackfen ( - 1965 )
Blackheath ( - 1889 )
Brockley ( 1900 - )
Charlton ( - 1855 )
Coney Hall ( - 1965 )
Coxheath
Downham ( - 1889 )
Hither Green ( - 1889 )
Isle of Thanet
Kidbrooke ( - 1889 )
North Woolwich ( - 1965 )
Plaistow ( - 1965 )
Plumstead ( - 1889 )
St. Mary Cray ( - 1965 )
St. Pauls Cray ( - 1965 )
Sydenham ( - 1889 )
Borough (county)
Canterbury
Borough (metropolitan)
Greenwich ( - 1889 )
Lewisham ( - 1889 )
Woolwich (metropolitan borough) ( - 1889 )
Borough (municipal)
Beckenham ( - 1965 )
Bexley ( - 1965 )
Bromley ( - 1965 )
Chatham
Dartford
Deal
Dover
Erith ( - 1965 )
Faversham
Folkestone
Gillingham
Gravesend
Hythe
Lydd
Maidstone
Margate
New Romney
Queenborough in Sheppey ( 1968 - 1974 )
Queenborough
Ramsgate ( 450 - )
Rochester
Royal Tunbridge Wells ( 1400 - )
Sandwich
Tenterden
City district
East London ( - 1965 )
Civil parish
Acol
Acrise
Adisham
Aldington
Alkham
Appledore
Ash with Ridley ( 1934 - )
Ash-next-Sandwich
Aylesham
Barham
Bearsted
Bekesbourne
Benenden
Bethersden
Bicknor
Bidborough
Biddenden
Bilsington
Birchington
Bircholt
Bishopsbourne
Blackmanstone ( - 1934 )
Blean
Borough Green
Boughton Aluph
Boughton-Monchelsea
Boughton-under-Blean
Brabourne
Brasted
Bredhurst
Brenchley
Brenzett
Bridge
Burham
Capel
Chalk
Challock
Chart Sutton
Chartham
Chelsfield
Cheriton
Chevening
Chiddingstone
Chilham
Chislet
Cliffe-at-Hoo
Cooling
Cowden
Coxheath
Cranbrook
Crundale
Cudham ( - 1965 )
Darenth
Denton (Gravesend)
Denton (near Dover)
Denton with Wootton
Ditton
Dunton Green
East Farleigh
East Malling and Larkfield
East Peckham
East Sutton
East Wickham ( - 1965 )
Eastbridge ( - 1934 )
Eastry
Eastwell
Edenbridge
Egerton
Elham
Elmsted
Eltham ( - 1889 )
Eythorne
Fairfield
Farningham
Fawkham
Fordwich
Frindsbury Extra
Frinsted
Frittenden
Godmersham
Goodnestone
Goudhurst
Grain
Great Chart
Great Mongeham
Guston
Hackington
Hadlow
Halstead
Harbledown
Hastingleigh
Hawkhurst
Hawkinge
Headcorn
Hever
Higham
Hildenborough
Hinxhill
Hoath
Hollingbourne
Hoo St. Werburgh
Hope-All Saints ( - 1934 )
Horsmonden
Horton Kirby
Hothfield
Hougham Without
Hunton
Hurst
Ickham and Well
Ifield
Ivychurch
Kemsing
Kenardington
Kingsdown (near Deal)
Kingsnorth
Kingston
Lamberhurst
Langdon
Langley
Leeds
Leigh
Linstead
Little Chart
Littlebourne
Lower Hardres
Luddesdowne
Lullingstone
Lydden
Lyminge
Marden
Meopham
Mereworth
Mersham
Midley ( - 1934 )
Milton (Canterbury)
Molash
Monks Horton
Murston
Nackington
Newchurch
Newenden
Newington-next-Hythe
Newington-next-Sittingbourne
Nonington
North Cray ( - 1965 )
Northbourne
Offham
Old Romney
Orgarswick ( - 1934 )
Orlestone
Otford
Otham
Otterden
Oxney
Paddlesworth
Paddock Wood
Patrixbourne
Pembury
Penge ( 1900 - 1965 )
Petham
Platt
Plaxtol
Pluckley
Plumstead ( - 1889 )
Poulton
Preston-by-Wingham
Preston-next-Faversham
Ringwould
Ripple
River
Riverhead
Rolvenden
Ruckinge
Ryarsh
Saltwood
Sandhurst
Sarre
Sevenoaks Weald
Sevington
Shadoxhurst
Shepherdswell with Coldred
Shipbourne
Sholden
Shorne
Smarden
Smeeth
Snargate
Snave
Snodland
Speldhurst
St. Dunstan Without
St. Margaret Extra ( 1894 - 1905 )
St. Mary's Hoo
St. Mary-in-the-Marsh
St. Nicholas at Wade
Stansted
Staple
Staplehurst
Stelling Minnis
Stelling
Stodmarsh
Stoke
Stone cum Ebony
Stone-near-Dartford
Stourmouth
Strood Extra ( 1894 - 1935 )
Strood
Sturry
Sundridge
Sutton at Hone
Sutton-by-Dover
Temple Ewell with River
Temple Ewell
Thanington Without
Tilmanstone
Tonge
Trottiscliffe
Upper Hardres
Waltham
Warden
Warehorne
West Cliffe
West Kingsdown
West Langdon
West Peckham
Westbere
Westerham
Westwell
Whitfield
Wickhambreaux
Willesborough
Wilmington
Wingham
Wittersham
Womenswold
Woodchurch
Woodnesborough
Wootton
Worth
Wouldham
Wye
District
Biggin Hill
Petts Wood
District municipality
Ashford (district) ( 1974 - )
Canterbury (district) ( 1974 - )
Dartford (district) ( 1974 - )
Dover (district) ( 1974 - )
Gravesham (district) ( 1974 - )
Maidstone (district) ( 1974 - )
Medway (district) ( 1974 - )
Sevenoaks (district) ( 1974 - )
Shepway (district) ( 1974 - )
Swale (district) ( 1974 - )
Thanet (district) ( 1974 - )
Tonbridge and Malling (district) ( 1974 - )
Tunbridge Wells (district) ( 1974 - )
Former administrative division
Aylesford Lathe
Scray Lathe
Shepway Lathe
St. Augustine Lathe
Sutton at Hone Lathe
Former parish
Barfrestone
Betteshanger
Chillenden
Elmstone
Grange
Ham
Herne
Knowlton
Lee ( - 1889 )
Lidsing
Little Mongeham
Northdown ( 1894 - 1913 )
Nursted
Rainham
Reculver
Ridley
Seasalter ( - 1894 )
St. Lawrence Extra ( - 1935 )
St. Peter Extra ( 1894 - 1914 )
Stonar
Stone next Faversham
Swalecliffe
Waldershare
Former village
Bexleyheath ( - 1965 )
Hamlet
Crouch (near Platt)
Eastwell
Ham
Lidsing
Milton (Canterbury)
Oxney
Penge ( 1900 - 1965 )
Hundred
Aloesbridge (hundred)
Axstane (hundred)
Axstane Dartford and Wilmington (hundred)
Berkeley (hundred)
Bewsborough (hundred)
Bircholt Barony
Bircholt Franchise
Blackbourne (hundred)
Blackheath (hundred)
Bleangate (hundred)
Boughton under Blean (hundred)
Brenchley and Horsmonden (hundred)
Bridge and Petham (hundred)
Bromley and Beckenham (hundred)
Calehill (hundred)
Chart and Longbridge (hundred)
Chatham and Gillingham (hundred)
Codsheath (hundred)
Cornillo (hundred)
Cranbrook (hundred)
Dartford and Wilmington (hundred)
Downhamford (hundred)
East Barnfield (hundred)
Eastry (hundred)
Eyhorne (hundred)
Faversham (hundred)
Felborough (hundred)
Folkestone (hundred)
Ham (hundred)
Hayne (hundred)
Hoo (hundred)
Hythe (hundred)
Isle of Sheppey Liberty
Kinghamford (hundred)
Langport Liberty
Larkfield (hundred)
Lessness (hundred)
Littlefield (hundred)
Loningborough (hundred)
Maidstone (hundred)
Marden (hundred)
Milton (hundred)
Newchurch (hundred)
Oxney (hundred)
Preston (hundred)
Ringslow (hundred)
Rolvenden (hundred)
Romney Marsh Liberty
Ruxley (hundred)
Selbrittenden (hundred)
Shamwell (hundred)
Somerden (hundred)
St. Martin Ivychurch (hundred)
Stowting (hundred)
Street (hundred)
Tenterden (hundred)
Teynham (hundred)
Toltingtrough (hundred)
Tonbridge Lowey (hundred)
Twyford (hundred)
Washlingstone (hundred)
West Barnfield (hundred)
Westerham (hundred)
Westgate (hundred)
Whitstable (hundred)
Wingham (hundred)
Worth (hundred)
Wrotham (hundred)
Wye (hundred)
Inhabited place
Acol
Addington
Adisham
Aldington
Allhallows
Allington
Appledore
Ash
Ash-next-Sandwich
Ashford
Aylesford
Aylesham
Badlesmere
Bapchild
Barfrestone
Barming
Bearsted
Benenden
Benover
Berwick
Bethersden
Betsham
Betteshanger
Biddenden
Birchington
Birchington-on-Sea
Birling
Bluebell Hill
Bobbing
Bodsham
Bonnington
Borden
Borstal ( 1998 - )
Bough Beech
Boughton Green
Boughton Malherbe
Boxley
Brasted
Bredgar
Brenchley
Broadstairs and St. Peter's
Brogdale
Bromley Common ( - 1965 )
Brookland
Broomfield (Maidstone)
Buckland Valley
Burmarsh
Canterbury
Capel
Capel-le-Ferne
Capstone
Chainhurst
Charing
Chatham
Chattenden
Chiddingstone
Chilham
Chillenden
Chipstead
Church Street
Claygate Cross
Cliffe Woods
Cliffe-at-Hoo
Cobham
Collier Street
Coombe
Cowden
Cranbrook
Crayford ( - 1965 )
Crockenhill
Cuxton
Dartford
Deal
Denton (near Dover)
Detling
Dover
Downe ( - 1965 )
Dunk's Green
Dunkirk
Dunton Green
Dymchurch
East Langdon
East Wickham ( - 1965 )
Eastchurch
Eastling
Eastry
Eccles
Edenbridge
Edenhall
Egerton
Elham
Elmstone
Etchinghill
Eynsford
Eythorne
Fairseat
Farnborough ( - 1965 )
Farthingloe
Faversham
Finglesham
Folkestone
Fordwich
Frittenden
Garlinge
Gillingham
Golden Green
Goodnestone
Goudhurst
Grafty Green
Grain
Graveney
Gravesend
Great Mongeham
Green
Greenhithe
Greenwich ( - 1889 )
Guston
Hadlow
Hale Street
Halling
Halstead
Hamstreet
Harbledown
Harrietsham
Hartley
Hartlip
Hastingleigh
Hawkhurst
Hawkinge
Hawley
Headcorn
Herne Bay
Herne
Hever
High Halstow
Higham
Hildenborough
Hollingbourne
Hoo St. Werburgh
Hoo
Horsmonden
Horton Kirby
Horton
Hucking
Hythe
Idle Hill
Ightham
Istead Rise
Kearsney
Kemsing
Kenardington
Kennington
Kingsdown (near Deal)
Kit's Coty
Knockholt Pound
Knockholt
Knowlton
Laddingford
Lade
Lamberhurst
Langley
Leaveland
Leeds
Leigh
Lenham
Leybourne
Leysdown-on-Sea
Linstead
Linton
Longfield
Loose
Luddesdowne
Luton
Lydd
Lydden
Lympne
Maidstone
Manston
Marden
Margate
Marshborough
Martin Mill
Martin
Meopham Station
Milton Regis
Milton-next-Gravesend
Minster-in-Sheppey
Minster-in-Thanet
Monkton
Nackington
Nettlestead
New Hythe
New Romney
North Eastling
North Leigh
Northfleet
Northwood
Oad Street
Oare
Offham
Old Romney
Ospringe
Otford
Otham
Paddlesworth
Pembury
Penshurst
Pineham
Plaxtol
Postling
Preston-by-Wingham
Queenborough
Rainham
Ramsgate ( 450 - )
Reculver
Richborough
Ridley
Riverhead
Rochester
Rodmersham
Rolvenden
Royal Tunbridge Wells ( 1400 - )
Ryarsh
Saint Lawrence
Saltwood
Sandgate
Sandhurst
Sandwich
Sarre
Seal
Sellindge
Selling
Sevenoaks Weald
Sevenoaks
Shadoxhurst
Shalmsford Street
Sheerness
Shipbourne
Shoreham
Shorne
Sittingbourne
Snodland
South Ashford
South Darenth
Southfleet
St. Margaret's at Cliffe
Stalisfield Green
Stansted
Staple
Staplehurst
Statenborough
Stockbury
Stodmarsh
Stowting
Strood
Sundridge
Sutton Valence
Swanley
Tenterden
Teston
Teynham
Thong
Throwley
Thurnham
Tonbridge
Tudeley
Tunbridge Wells
Tunstall
Ulcombe
Under River
Upchurch
Walderslade
Wallend
Walmer
Warehorne
Wateringbury
West Farleigh
West Kingsdown
West Langdon
West Malling
West Peckham
West Wickham ( - 1965 )
Westerham
Westgate-on-Sea
Whitley Row
Whitstable
Wichling
Wingham
Wormshill
Wouldham
Wrotham
Wye
Yalding
Island
Isle of Sheppey
Parish
Chislehurst ( - 1965 )
Foots Cray ( - 1965 )
Hayes ( - 1965 )
Holy Cross Westgate Without ( - 1911 )
Holycross-Westgate Within
Isle of Harty
Keston ( - 1965 )
St. Cosmus and St. Damian in the Blean
St. Mary Cray ( - 1965 )
St. Pauls Cray ( - 1965 )
West Wickham ( - 1965 )
Woolwich (metropolitan borough) ( - 1889 )
Parish (ancient)
Bexley ( - 1965 )
Bromley ( - 1965 )
Charlton by Dover
Margate St. John the Baptist
Registration district
Ashford Registration District ( 1941 - 1998 )
Ashford with Shepway Registration District ( 1998 - 2003 )
Blean Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Bridge Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Bromley Registration District ( 1837 - 1965 )
Canterbury Registration District ( 1837 - 1998 )
Canterbury with Swale Registration District ( 1998 - 2003 )
Chatham Registration District ( 1941 - 1998 )
Cranbrook Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Dartford Registration District ( 1837 - 1900 )
Dover Registration District ( 1837 - 1998 )
East Ashford Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Eastry Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Elham Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Faversham Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Folkestone Registration District ( 1941 - 1974 )
Gravesend Registration District (new) ( 1980 - 2003 )
Gravesend Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Greenwich Registration District ( 1837 - 1889 )
Hollingbourne Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Hoo Registration District ( 1837 - 1923 )
Kent Registration District ( 2003 - )
Lewisham Registration District ( 1837 - 1889 )
Maidstone Registration District ( 1837 - 2003 )
Malling Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Medway Registration District (new) ( 1998 - )
Medway Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Milton Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
North Aylesford Registration District ( 1837 - 1884 )
Romney Marsh Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Sevenoaks Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Sheppey Registration District ( 1837 - 1979 )
Shepway Registration District ( 1974 - 1998 )
Sidcup Registration District ( 1837 - 1965 )
Sittingbourne Registration District ( 1941 - 1979 )
Strood Registration District ( 1884 - 1923 )
Strood and Hoo Registration District ( 1923 - 1941 )
Swale Registration District ( 1980 - 1998 )
Tenterden Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Thanet Registration District ( 1837 - 1998 )
Thanet with Dover Registration District ( 1998 - 2003 )
Tonbridge Registration District ( 1837 - 1979 )
Tunbridge Wells Registration District ( 1980 - 2003 )
West Ashford Registration District ( 1837 - 1941 )
Woolwich Registration District ( 1837 - 1889 )
Rural district
Blean Rural ( 1894 - 1934 )
Bridge Blean Rural ( 1934 - 1974 )
Bridge Rural ( 1894 - 1934 )
Bromley Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Cranbrook Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Dartford Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Dover Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
East Ashford Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Eastry Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Elham Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Faversham Rural ( 1894 - 1934 )
Hollingbourne Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Hoo Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Isle of Thanet Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Maidstone Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Malling Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Medway Rural ( 1894 - 1905 )
Milton Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Romney Marsh Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Sevenoaks Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Sheppey Rural ( 1894 - 1968 )
Strood Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Swale Rural ( 1935 - 1974 )
Tenterden Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Tonbridge Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
West Ashford Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Suburb
Beckenham ( - 1965 )
Bexleyheath ( - 1965 )
Chalk
Chelsfield
Chislehurst ( - 1965 )
Cliftonville
Crayford ( - 1965 )
Cudham ( - 1965 )
Denton (Gravesend)
Eltham ( - 1889 )
Farnborough ( - 1965 )
Foots Cray ( - 1965 )
Forest Hill ( - 1889 )
Garlinge
Keston ( - 1965 )
Lee ( - 1889 )
North Cray ( - 1965 )
Orpington ( - 1965 )
Riverhead
Sidcup ( - 1965 )
Welling ( - 1965 )
West Wickham ( - 1965 )
Westbrook
Unitary authority
Medway
Unknown
Aloesbridge
Ashurst
Bewerley
Brook
Buckland (near Dover)
Buckland (near Faversham)
Catford-Bridge
Charing Heath
Chislett
Davington
Doddington
Ewell
Eythorn
Flemings
Frankfield
Gavelkind
Glassenbury
Groombridge
Hernhill
High Halden
Isle of Elmley
Iwade
Kilndown
Kingsdown (near Sittingbourne)
Knole
Lamb-Abbey
Langton
Leysdown
Linkhill
Littlebourn
Lower Halstow
Luddenham
Matfield-Green
Milstead
Milton (near Canterbury)
Nepicar
Newnham
Norton
Rosherville
Rusthall
Scray
Seabrook
Sheldwich
Shortlands
Sissinghurst
Small-Hythe
South Street
St. Dunstan
Stanford
Swingfield
The Brents
Tovil
West Hythe
Westenhanger
Wheatle Hall
Woodlands
Urban district
Ashford
Beckenham ( - 1965 )
Bexley ( - 1965 )
Broadstairs and St. Peter's
Cheriton
Chislehurst and Sidcup ( 1934 - 1965 )
Chislehurst ( - 1965 )
Crayford ( - 1965 )
Erith ( - 1965 )
Foots Cray ( - 1965 )
Herne Bay
Milton Regis
Northfleet
Orpington ( - 1965 )
Penge ( 1900 - 1965 )
Sandgate
Sevenoaks
Sheerness
Sidcup ( - 1965 )
Sittingbourne and Milton ( 1930 - 1974 )
Sittingbourne
Southborough
Swanscombe
Tonbridge
Walmer
Whitstable
Wrotham
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. Its ceremonial and historic definition comprises the administrative county of Kent and the unitary borough of Medway. Kent has a nominal border with Pas-de-Calais, France halfway through the Channel Tunnel and a defined boundary with Essex in the middle of the Thames Estuary, crossed east of the town of Dartford by the orbital motorway to the capital city and north-east of Swanscombe by a major railway. The county borders, since 1965, Greater London to the north west near the towns of Swanley and Dartford, Surrey to the west near Westerham and East Sussex to the south west from Tunbridge Wells to Lydd. Maidstone is its county town. Historically Rochester and Canterbury had city status, lost in the case of Rochester in 1998 after combination into Medway. The earliest two medieval cathedrals in formal designation are in each as a result of the official conversion of formative England to Roman Catholicism by Saint Augustine of Canterbury (d. 604).

The land between London and the strait separating mainland Europe, Kent has thus been key in both successful diplomacy and conflict, ranging from the Leeds Castle peace talks of 1978 and 2004 to Battle of Britain during World War II. East Kent was known as Hell Fire Corner during the conflict.

England relied on the county's ports to provide warships through much of its history; the Cinque Ports in the 12th–14th centuries and Chatham Dockyard in the 16th–20th centuries were of particular importance. France can be seen clearly in fine weather from Folkestone and the White Cliffs of Dover. Hills in the form of the North Downs and the Greensand Ridge span the length of the county and in the series of valleys in between and to the south are most of the county's .

Because of its relative abundance of fruit-growing and hop gardens, Kent is traditionally known as "The Garden of England" – particularly when commending the county or its produce, although other counties have tried to claim the title. Haulage, logistics and tourism are major industries throughout the 12 districts of the administrative county. Major industries in the north-west of Kent include aggregate building materials, printing and scientific research replacing this area's 20th century focus on cement, papermaking, and aircraft construction. Coal mining has also played its part in Kent's industrial heritage. Large parts of Kent are within the London commuter belt. The food-and-drinks sector (including agriculture) are significant in south and east Kent. Twenty-eight per cent of the county forms part of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the North Downs and The Weald.

History

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The area has been occupied since the Palaeolithic era, as attested by finds from the quarries at Swanscombe. The Medway megaliths were built during the Neolithic era. There is a rich sequence of Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman era occupation, as indicated by finds and features such as the Ringlemere gold cup and the Roman villas of the Darent valley.

The modern name of Kent is derived from the Brythonic word Cantus meaning "rim" or "border". This describes the eastern part of the current county area as a border land or coastal district. Julius Caesar had described the area as Cantium, or home of the Cantiaci in 51 BC. The extreme west of the modern county was by the time of Roman Britain occupied by Iron Age tribes, known as the Regnenses.

East Kent became a kingdom of the Jutes during the 5th century and was known as Cantia from about 730 and recorded as Cent in 835. The early medieval inhabitants of the county were known as the Cantwara, or Kent people. These people regarded the city of Canterbury as their capital.

In 597, Pope Gregory I appointed the religious missionary (who became Saint Augustine of Canterbury after his death) as the first Archbishop of Canterbury. In the previous year, Augustine successfully converted the pagan King Æthelberht of Kent to Christianity. The Diocese of Canterbury became Britain's first Episcopal See with first cathedral and has since remained Britain's centre of Christianity. The second designated English cathedral was in Kent at Rochester Cathedral.

In the 11th century, the people of Kent adopted the motto Invicta, meaning "undefeated". This naming followed the invasion of Britain by William of Normandy. The Kent people's continued resistance against the Normans led to Kent's designation as a semi-autonomous county palatine in 1067. Under the nominal rule of William's half-brother Odo of Bayeux, the county was granted similar powers to those granted in the areas bordering Wales and Scotland.

During the medieval and early modern period, Kent played a major role in several of England's most notable rebellions, including the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, led by Wat Tyler, Jack Cade's Kent rebellion of 1450, and Wyatt's Rebellion of 1554 against Queen Mary I.


The Royal Navy first used the River Medway in 1547. By the reign of Elizabeth I (1558–1603) a small dockyard had been established at Chatham. By 1618, storehouses, a ropewalk, a drydock, and houses for officials had been built downstream from Chatham.

By the 17th century, tensions between Britain and the powers of the Netherlands and France led to increasing military build-up in the county. Forts were built all along the coast following the raid on the Medway, a successful attack by the Dutch navy on the shipyards of the Medway towns in 1667.

The 18th century was dominated by wars with France, during which the Medway became the primary base for a fleet that could act along the Dutch and French coasts. When the theatre of operation moved to the Atlantic, this role was assumed by Portsmouth and Plymouth, with Chatham concentrating on shipbuilding and ship repair. As an indication of the area's military importance, the first Ordnance Survey map ever drawn was a one-inch map of Kent, published in 1801. Many of the Georgian naval buildings still stand.

In the early 19th century, smugglers were very active on the Kent coastline. Gangs such as The Aldington Gang brought spirits, tobacco and salt to the county, and transported goods such as wool across the sea to France.

In 1889, the County of London was created and the townships of Deptford, Greenwich, Woolwich, Lee, Eltham, Charlton, Kidbrooke and Lewisham were transferred out of Kent and in 1900 the area of Penge was gained. Some of Kent is contiguous with the Greater London sprawl, notably parts of Dartford.

During World War II, much of the Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over the county. Between June 1944 and March 1945, over 10,000 V1 flying bombs or "Doodlebugs", were fired toward London from bases in Northern France. Although many were destroyed by aircraft, anti-aircraft guns, and barrage balloons, both London and Kent were hit by around 2,500 of these bombs.

After the war, Kent's borders changed several more times. In 1965 the London boroughs of Bromley and Bexley were created from nine towns formerly in Kent. In 1998, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, and Rainham left the administrative county of Kent to form the Unitary Authority of Medway. During this reorganisation, through an "apparent" administrative oversight, the city of Rochester lost its official city status.

For almost nine centuries a small part of present-day East London (the North Woolwich, London E16 area), formed part of Kent. The most likely reason for this is that in 1086 Hamon, dapifer and Sheriff of Kent owned the manor and, perhaps illegally, annexed it to Kent. It ceased to be considered part of the county in 1965 upon creation of the London Borough of Newham.

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