Whitstable is a seaside town located on the north coast of Kent. It is approximately 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of Canterbury and approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) west of the seaside town of Herne Bay. It is part of the City of Canterbury District and has a population of about 30,000.
Whitstable became an urban district in 1894. It absorbed a part of Seasalter at that time. In 1934 its area was expanded by absorbing the civil parishes of Swalecliffe and the remaining part of Seasalter from Blean Rural District. The following year it also absorbed parts of Dunkirk, Graveney and Hernhill civil parishes which had been part of Faversham Rural District.
Whitstable is famous for its oysters, which have been collected in the area since at least Roman times. The town itself dates back to before the writing of the Domesday Book in 1086. Whitstable's distinctive character is popular with tourists, and its maritime heritage is celebrated with the annual oyster festival. Freshly caught shellfish are available throughout the year at several seafood restaurants and pubs in the town.
In 1830 one of the earliest passenger railway services was opened by the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway Company, and in 1832 the company opened Whitstable harbour and extended the line to enable passage to London from the port. The railway has since closed but the harbour still plays an important role in the town's economy.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Whitstable.
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