The county of Kent in south east England is home to two of the UK’s oldest cathedrals, the oldest cathedral in England being Canterbury cathedral, which has been the seat of the archbishops of Canterbury since the 6th century. Canterbury cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was founded in 597 but was completely rebuilt between 1070 and 1077.
South west of Canterbury is the medieval village of Chilham. Thomas Becket is said to have been buried in the church yard at Chilham. Thomas Becket was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He was said to have been murdered by four knights after he fell out with King Henry II. After his death he was canonised by Pope Alexander III and his remains were then moved to Canterbury Cathedral.
The second eldest cathedral in England is Rochester cathedral in Kent which was founded and consecrated in 604 and is a grade 1 listed building. The county of Kent as you can imagine is filled with history and heritage. Deal castle built between 1539 and 1540 by Henry VIII. He built it to protect England against invasion from France and the Roman Empire.
The rich history of Kent has at times been quite notorious with smuggling on the coast being ripe with illicit gangs such as Joss Snelling’s gang, the Callis Court gang and the “battle of Botany Bay” in spring 1769.
Not only does this county have a deep heritage, it has a vast amount of stunning coastal walks, the white cliffs of Dover and Dover castle and stunning countryside areas inland to explore and walk such as Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve near Sandwich, just one example of the Kentish beauty spots that abound here. There are plenty of tourist attractions, opportunity for walks and excellent places to stay.