Historic KentPosted: 2009-07-12
In researching for an upcoming trip to Kent I ran across a great website covering the history and heritage of the county. Its called, appropriately enough 'Historic Kent', and it is a real treasure trove of information for anyone interested in the heritage of the county.
Historic Kent has a voluminous gazetteer of villages and towns in Kent, covering local history, historic buildings, famous people, and visitor attractions. There's a list of tourist information resources, a photo gallery, links to town and village websites and Kent tourism information. In addition to the modern photos of Kent locations, there's a collection of historic photographs.
There's also some unique and intriguing information of the local Kentish dialect, including a dictionary of Kentish words and phrases.
Historic Kent covers Dover Castle like a blanket; there's a lot of interesting information on the castle and its secret wartime tunnels.
The site contains a fascinating history of Kent, through some of its most intersting historic characters like St Alphege, Bishop Lanfranc, and Thomas a Becket. There are over 20 articles on locations around Kent that have a reputation for being haunted, including Dover Castle, Cleve Court, and Ightam Mote.
And what website about the history of Kent could be complete without a mention of smuggling? Historic Kent traces the long history of smuggling in the county, including famous smuggling gangs and a glossary of smuggling terms.
Historic Kent is a wonderful website, good for hours of browsing, and well worth a visit if you are interested in visiting Kent, or simply want to learn about the county and its heritage.
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