Kent (including Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells) is in the South East of England. It has a population of around 1,728,000 and covers approximately 374,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: East Sussex, London, Surrey.
Kent has a coastline on the North Sea and the English Channel, and its proximity to the continent has helped to shape its history, with the White Cliffs of Dover being famed as the first sight seen by travellers returning to England from across the sea in France. Sometimes referred to as The Garden of England, Kent has a long history of human settlement, which is reflected in the Neolithic Medway megaliths and the many archaeological finds from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Anglo Saxon periods, and the centuries since then. Performing arts venues in Kent include the Stag Community Arts Centre in Sevenoaks, the Theatre Royal in Margate, The Woodville in Gravesend, The Orchard Theatre in Dartford, The Winter Gardens in Margate and Tunbridge Wells Forum.
The county town of Kent is Maidstone, where you can visit Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, which as well as exhibits reflecting local history, has large collections covering natural history and the arts, including ceramics, costumes, prints, paintings and sculpture. Other attractions in Kent include Turner Contemporary, located on the seafront at Margate, which was inspired by the work of the artist JMW Turner, and offers a range of arts events and exhibitions. You could also visit Red House in Bexleyheath, which William Morris both designed and lived in, and which retains original arts and crafts features, furniture, paintings and stained glass. Other attractions in Kent include Hever Castle, Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, Chartwell near Westerham, The Shell Grotto in Margate, Guildhall Museum in Rochester, Canterbury Cathedral and Leeds Castle in Maidstone.
Knole in Sevenoaks has a wonderful collection of art works including paintings, cartoons, sculptures, furniture (including what is believed to be the oldest royal bed in Europe), tapestries and exceptional architecture. Scotney Castle in Lamberhurst, has a wonderful Henry Moore statue in the garden and many works of art in the castle. Ightham Mote in Ivy Hatch, has wonderful stained glass windows, bible spine wood panelling, paintings and painted vaulted ceilings.
(Born 1924 in Deal in Kent), Poetry
Elizabeth Bartlett was a British poet. She worked for the health service and for the Home Care Service and it was in this environment that she was provided with material for some of her most emotive poems.
(Born 1865 in Beards Hill in Kent), Stained glass
An architect and artist, responsible for among other buildings the grade 1 listed Blackwell near Lake Windermere in Cumbria. The building boosts most of its original arts and crafts features including the stained glass windows which he paid careful attention to.
Dadd was a painter who is known for his representations of fairies and other supernatural subjects. One of his well known works is The Fairy Fellers Master-Stroke which he worked on between 1885-64.
(Born 1803 in Canterbury in Kent), Painting
Thomas Sidney Cooper, English artist, is best known for his landscape paintings of farming scenes.
At the age of 15 he moved to London to study art and was later admitted to the Royal Academy Schools. His work included watercolour, drawings and engravings.
(Born 1564 in Canterbury in Kent), Theatre
Marlowe was a little older than Shakespeare and was also an Elizabethan playwright and foremost writer of tragedy. Which in the end seems to have mirrored his own life, arrested, then stabbed to death some ten days later. One of his plays - The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus - was said to have sent some spectators mad.
(Born 1554 in Penshurst Place near Tonbridge in Kent), Poetry
A popular and influential Elizabethan poet best known for his works: Astrophel and Stella, An Apology for Poetry.