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Kent has been occupied since the Palaeolithic era.The Medway megaliths were built during the Neolithic era. There is a rich sequence of Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman era occupation.
East Kent became a kingdom of the Jutes during the 5th century. In the 11th century, the people of Kent adopted the motto Invicta, meaning "undefeated".
Kent played a major role in several of England's most notable rebellions, including the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.
During World War II, much of the Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over the county.

Castles in Kent
Kent has more castles and historic houses than any other county, there are 18 castles alone, from romantic Hever to the fortress of Dover.
Deal Castle was one sturdy link in the chain of coastal fortresses built by order of Henry VIII, who feared invasion from France. Further along the coast is Walmer Castle and Gardens, which in more recent years has become the elegant residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Rising from a lake in 500 acres of glorious parkland, Leeds Castle is the epitome of elegance and a treasure house of furnishings, paintings and antiques dating back centuries.
KENT CASTLES
Martello Towers
Spread along the South Kent coast into Sussex is a line of small defensive forts built at the time of the Napoleonic Wars known as the Martello Towers.
The model for the towers was a round fortress at Mortella Point in Corsica, which, in 1794, had beaten off the attack of two British Warships, HMS Fortitude [74 guns] and HMS Juno [32 guns] but was eventually defeated by land based forces after two days of heavy fighting.
Sketches and plans were subsequently used in 1803 by a military engineer, Captain William Ford, to propose a chain of such structures to defend the South Coast against possible invasion.
MARTELLO TOWERS
Kent Timeline
Kent has been occupied since the Palaeolithic era.The Medway megaliths were built during the Neolithic era. There is a rich sequence of Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman era occupation.
East Kent became a kingdom of the Jutes during the 5th century. In the 11th century, the people of Kent adopted the motto Invicta, meaning "undefeated".
Kent played a major role in several of England's most notable rebellions, including the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.
During World War II, much of the Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over the county.
KENT TIMELINE
Cinque Ports
The Cinque Ports date from the time of William the Conqueror, and refer to the five south-eastern ports of Hastings, Sandwich, Dover, Romney and Hythe. Cinque is, of course, the French for “five”, although when referring to the Cinque Ports it is pronounced “sink”. These five ports were known as the Head Ports, and were thriving fishing and trading centres.
In the thirteenth century, Rye and Winchelsea also became Head Ports and the formal title became
“The Confederation of the Cinque Ports and the Two Ancient Towns of Rye and Winchelsea”.
CINQUE PORTS
Kent Parishes
Parishes in Kent - Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5.
In England, a civil parish is a territorial designation and, where they are found, the lowest tier of local government below districts and counties. It is an administrative parish, in comparison to an ecclesiastical parish.
A civil parish can alternatively be known as a town, village, neighbourhood or community by resolution of its parish council; and in a limited number of cases has city status granted by the monarch. They cover only part of England, corresponding to 35% of the population.
There are currently no civil parishes in Greater London and before 2008 their creation was not permitted within a London borough.
KENT PARISHES
Churches in Kent
Churches have for centuries been the centre of religious life, being not only a place for weekly worship but the space in which people are married, christened, baptised, and celebrated after passing. Churches mark special religious occasions - Christmas, Easter, and Palm Sunday being a few of the important events - and provide comfort and shelter to those in need.
Everything about their construction - from their dominating roof-lines to their breath-taking stained-glass windows to their soaring ceilings and intricate naves - expresses a feeling of triumph and of awe.
KENT CHURCHES
Historic Buildings
Rediscover Kent, England’s oldest county, and delve into thousands of years of heritage. Knole, known as the Forgotten Palace, is an extraordinary building with many secrets to reveal.
To unearth these, the National Trust is embarking on a refurbishment project to stabilise the state rooms and open up new areas – which will double the space open to the public.
Nearby, the superb 14th-century moated manor of Ightham Mote has unique features spanning many centuries.
Walk in the footsteps of the infamous Tudors and relive the dramatic love intrigues of King Henry VIII at Hever Castle. Here you can find many artefacts unfolding Anne Boleyn’s ill-fated romance with the king and then make the short journey to Penshurst Place, where Henry stayed whilst he was courting Anne.
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