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Kent

Known as The Garden of England, it is a county in the South East of England and separated from France by just 21 miles of the Channel. East Kent was known as Hell Fire Corner during the second unpleasantness because of this proximity. The proximity has also led to the Pas de Calais being called Lower Kent.

A quick synopsis of things Kent is known for:

Hops, apples and cherries. Canterbury and its Cathedral, Rochester likewise, The Medway, Tales of Chaucer. Cinque ports, Romney Hythe and Dimchurch Railway, Romney Marsh, Dr Syn, Hell Fire Corner, Battle of Britain, Shepherd Neame Brewery, Broadstairs Folk Week, The Swale, Faversham, Sheppey, Dover, Ferries, Deal Hoodeners, Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, Military Canal and Martello Towers.

There is a lot to Kent and much of it has inspired traditional song. A strong sea faring tradition so much in the Shanty style, the rest mostly agricultural. Many Folk Clubs, Festivals and Sessions.

Kent, especially the area around Canterbury and Whitstable was the cradle for a vigorous folk movement which produced Fiddler's Dram, Oyster Band and Spirogyra as well as many solo artists. It has also attracted many performers to come and live such as Brendan Power.