Kent was once joined to France by a great chalk bridge, of which the western section, the North Downs, now crosses the county diagonally from the Channel coast to the Surrey borders and beyond. Close proximity to the European mainland has profoundly influenced the history of this south-east corner of Britain. Many geological factors—the chalk downs, the fertile soil, the vulnerable eastern approaches and its deeply indented north coast — have helped to shape the county’s history and its economy.


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  • A. Bax
  • S. Fairfield

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