Kent – the Garden of England

March 12, 2020 2:00 pm Published by Kent Dover Castle

Introducing Kent

Firstly, Kent is one of the home counties in south-east England, bordered by Greater London, Surrey and East Sussex.

HS1 rail and the Dartford Crossing connect the county to Essex, while it also has great rail and road links into London. Consequently, it’s a great place to live for commuters in the south-east.

Two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (the North Downs and The High Weald) make up almost 30% of this lush green county.¹ It certainly offers stunning walks, especially along Pilgrims Way. Notably, Chaucer mentions this route in his Canterbury Tales.

 

Kent Garden of England town

Interesting facts about Kent

  1. Native American princess Pocahontas is buried in Gravesend. However, we don’t know the exact location of her grave because the original church burned down in 1727.
  2. The River Medway divides Kent. Kentish Men (or Maids) are born north of the river, whereas Men (or Maids) of Kent are born south of the river.
  3. Later… with Jools Holland and The Basil Brush Show were filmed at Maidstone studios in Kent.
  4. Comedy legends Laurel and Hardy opened The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.
  5. In 1859 (twenty years before the invention of the lightbulb) South Foreland Lighthouse near Dover became the first to use electricity in a carbon arc lamp.
  6. Ian Fleming wrote James Bond at his holiday home in Kent. In fact, the number of the London to Dover coach inspired his 007 classification.
  7. Gypsy tart was invented on the Isle of Sheppey
  8. Lots of towns and villages in Kent have hard-to-pronounce place names (discover how to say them here)

 

Kentish strawberries

 

Why is Kent called the garden of England?

Kent has rich, fertile topsoil, which enables prolific hazelnut, hop and fruit-growing and has done for hundreds of years. Kent fruit is famously juicy and sweet. Think cherries, apples and raspberries. Did you know that the strawberries served at Wimbledon are Kentish? Each and every strawberry must be red all over, have a diameter of 25mm-45mm and have absolutely no defects.

One might also name Kent the Beer Garden of England since it contains several esteemed vineyards, cideries and breweries.

What does Kent mean?

The name Kent is believed to be British Celtic in origin. The county was known in Old English as Cent (with a hard C), which means 'coastal' or 'high' land.²

 

Things to do in Kent

Kent is a beautiful county, with plenty to see and experience. We love to share our favourite ideas for things to do with you.
Here are some of our suggestions of Kentish activities and days out:

 

Watermark Homes developments in Kent

The following Watermark Homes developments are situated in Kent. Click the links in each of these to see images and find out more about each development. We’ve also included links to who each development was named after and what to do in the local areas.

 

Atkins Court, Tonbridge
This was a development of 7 new family homes. Consisting of 5x terraced and 2x semi-detached houses, built on the site of a disused petrol station and carwash. The development is named after Anna Atkins, renowned Victorian photographer and botanist who was born in Tonbridge.
Read the top 10 things to do in Tonbridge.

 

Catherine House, Borough Green
This was a commercial-to-residential conversion project, turning a tired old office block into 5 modern apartments. It is just a stone’s throw from Borough Green rail station, not far from Sevenoaks. This development is named after Catherine Crowe, an author and playwright from the local area.
Find out why you should move to Borough Green.

 

Catherine House CGI Borough Green Kent

 

Our most wanted areas

We are always on the lookout for development opportunities in and around Kent. Click on the hotspot map below to enlarge it and take a look at the areas that we’re most interested in. If you’re looking to sell your house or land in one of these areas, do get in touch and let us know about it.

sites wanted

Sites wanted – primary hotspots

  1. Beckenham
  2. Bexley
  3. Bromley
  4. Croydon (Central/South)
  5. Dartford
  6. Greenwich
  7. Lewisham
  8. Orpington
  9. Purley
  10. Sevenoaks
  11. Tonbridge
  12. Tunbridge Wells

Sites wanted – secondary hotspots

  1. Abbey Wood
  2. Carshalton
  3. Caterham
  4. Chislehurst
  5. Coulsdon
  6. Crawley
  7. Croydon (East/West)
  8. Forest Hill
  9. Hildenborough
  10. Maidstone
  11. Petts Wood
  12. Shirley
  13. Sidcup
  14. Warlingham
  15. Whyteleafe
  16. Woolwich

Do you have a site that meets these criteria?

Why should I sell my house to a developer?

More from Watermark Homes

As a local property development company, we are constantly learning about the area and discovering fantastic local businesses and amenities. We love to share our local favourites and recommendations here on the website. In addition to this, we have a passion for interior design, decluttering and (of course) property development.

Finally, here are a few of our articles that might interest you:

Interiors & decluttering

Property development

 

10 tips to declutter your home blog post

 

Footnotes (sources)

¹ Wikipedia
² A Dictionary of British Place Names – David Mills