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Based in historical Maidstone and the commuter haven of Dartford, we are proud to live and work in Kent. Well known as ‘The Garden of England,’ thanks to an array of orchards and hop gardens, with many districts, cities, towns and villages to explore it’s not surprising that many people tend to get confused as to how many cities there actually are here amongst other things. So, we thought we’d take the time to enlighten you on our great old county of Kent.
Covering 13 Districts, with an overall population of around 1,554, 600, you’ll be surprised to learn that Canterbury is the only city in Kent. Made up of large towns and many other smaller towns and villages, many people mistakenly believe that the Kent District of Medway is a city. Medway’s main towns are Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham, accompanied by many smaller towns and villages including Frindsbury, Brompton, Walderslade, Luton, Wigmore, etc.
For nearly eight centuries, Rochester held the prestigious title of Kent’s second cathedral city. Awkwardly, this all changed in 1998 when its city status lapsed after forming the Medway unitary authority with its four neighbouring towns (mentioned above). As the only British city to ever lose its city status, this massive oversight wasn’t noticed until 2002 and, as you can imagine, the residents of Rochester were not best pleased to have lost 2000 years of history almost overnight!
In an attempt to boost Medway’s economy and the general public opinion, Medway Council now wants the district to claim city status with Chatham at its core. By turning Chatham into the area’s city centre, they firmly believe that this will encourage more business and people to the area. Why Chatham and not Rochester? Simply because Chatham is the most central and offers the most space for regeneration and development. However, the council’s previous attempts for city status have failed twice. So, for now, Medway becoming a city remains a pipe dream.
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