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The world-famous Kent cottage and the tragic artist who made it his home

The world-famous Kent cottage and the tragic artist who made it his home

A new book gives a rare glimpse inside the home of one of the nation’s most influential artists.

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The major Hollywood films and TV shows filmed at top Kent tourist attraction

The major Hollywood films and TV shows filmed at top Kent tourist attraction

Since the Royal Navy left it 40 years ago today, one Kent tourist attraction has gone on to become a major location for Hollywood movies and TV shows.

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What ever happened to Little Chef and its famous ‘Olympic breakfast’?

What ever happened to Little Chef and its famous ‘Olympic breakfast’?

For nearly 60 years it was an staple of Kent’s motorways and A-roads – but what happened to Little Chef’s branches and what’s in their place today?

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Rod Hull: How a house in Kent would spell financial ruin for Emu star

Rod Hull: How a house in Kent would spell financial ruin for Emu star

On the 25th anniversary of his freak death, we chart the rags to riches to rags tale of Rod Hull and Emu – the sidekick he’d grow to resent.

‘Primark and Peter Andre’s perfume’: Bluewater’s biggest crowds revisited

‘Primark and Peter Andre’s perfume’: Bluewater’s biggest crowds revisited

From celebrity visits to gadget sales, Kent's largest shopping centre is no stranger to a long queue. KentOnline looks back at the biggest.

Legendary Kent nightclub was ‘everybody’s second home and last resort’

Legendary Kent nightclub was ‘everybody’s second home and last resort’

A night out at this club was a rite of passage for generations – but the town looks very different today.

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Pictures from much-loved Kent pubs that closed in the 2000s

Pictures from much-loved Kent pubs that closed in the 2000s

We’ve been looking back at some of Kent boozers we loved and lost in the Noughties, where we’d love to have one last pint.

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‘When they said it was closing, I didn't know what I would do...’

‘When they said it was closing, I didn't know what I would do...’

To mark the 40th anniversary of the closure of Chatham Dockyard this weekend, we spoke to former workers about what life was like there.

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Dockyard closure was the end of one era, but the beginning of another...

Dockyard closure was the end of one era, but the beginning of another...

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Royal Navy leaving Chatham – bringing to a close 400 years of history.

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‘It was frightening but we would do it all again – we had no choice’

‘It was frightening but we would do it all again – we had no choice’

On the 40th anniversary of the bitter miners’ strike, those from Kent involved in the action remain defiant and say: “We had no choice."

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‘How our dads created Bagpuss in a disused Kent cow shed’

‘How our dads created Bagpuss in a disused Kent cow shed’

We spoke to the children of Bagpuss’ creators as today marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic cat hitting our TV screens.

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Which pub is the oldest in Kent?

Which pub is the oldest in Kent?

Debate has raged for centuries over which pub is the oldest in the county – here we look at those with the strongest claims...

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‘Wet T-shirts and smoking indoors - Kent nights out were different in the 80s and 90s’

‘Wet T-shirts and smoking indoors - Kent nights out were different in the 80s and 90s’

There were some “electrifying” nights out in Kent back in the 1980s and 1990s, when people could still smoke indoors and celebrities came to town.

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Kent's lost tourist attractions

Kent's lost tourist attractions

From a 'Dolphinarium' to Dickens World, we take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce about the county's best-loved former visitor attractions.

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How more than 400 Kent breweries disappeared

How more than 400 Kent breweries disappeared

Kent’s brewing history is a tale of an incessant march towards just a few big names as countless independent breweries were lost.

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‘Am I dreaming this?’ – When Matt was a Seoul man

‘Am I dreaming this?’ – When Matt was a Seoul man

Maidstone Weightlifting Club coach Matt Vine has shared memories of competing at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

The Kent woman who created a children’s classic still loved today

The Kent woman who created a children’s classic still loved today

150 years ago a woman was born in Kent who would go on to create one of the most iconic children’s characters.

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The worst winters to hit Kent

The worst winters to hit Kent

From frozen seas to 8ft snow drifts and temperatures of -23C, we look back at the county's worst winters.

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‘I met my wife there – it saddens me to see it demolished’

‘I met my wife there – it saddens me to see it demolished’

A clubbing hotspot of more than five decades has been demolished but it has sparked plenty of good memories for former ravers.

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The 'perfect storm' that left Kent under water

The 'perfect storm' that left Kent under water

Thousands were made homeless, businesses and homes destroyed, and livestock drowned in one night of misery more than 70 years ago.

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‘You’d never dare do that nowadays’: Nurse reflects on 50 years in the NHS

‘You’d never dare do that nowadays’: Nurse reflects on 50 years in the NHS

A nurse celebrating half a century of service in the NHS has looked back on the key moments which have shaped her career.

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The 1987 Great Storm in 100 photos

The 1987 Great Storm in 100 photos

Every picture tells a story as we look back through our archive at the storm that devastated Kent in October 1987.

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'They were sending RAF helicopters up like taxis'

'They were sending RAF helicopters up like taxis'

Here we look back at dozens of archive photos from the big freeze of 1987, when Kent was covered in 50cm of snow.

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Kent's shops in the 70s and 80s

Kent's shops in the 70s and 80s

Pictures from our archive show town centres and shopping arcades from across our county in days gone by.

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Review of 2023: Will London Resort, Manston Airport or Lower Thames Crossing finally make progress?

Review of 2023: Will London Resort, Manston Airport or Lower Thames Crossing finally make progress?

In the second part of our review of the year, we take a look at a trilogy of long-running sagas and ask if an end is, finally, in sight?

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Review of 2023: Superstars, strikes and a summer that disappointed

Review of 2023: Superstars, strikes and a summer that disappointed

In the first of a three-part look back over the last 12 months, we start with the weather, relentless strikes and a farewell to a TV favourite.

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When Kent was covered in snow for 10 weeks during worst winter ever

When Kent was covered in snow for 10 weeks during worst winter ever

It might feel cold today but it's nothing compared to the Big Freeze of 1963, when the average temperature was -2.1C and the sea froze in Kent.

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Kent festivals and events we have lost over the years

Kent festivals and events we have lost over the years

After the recent scrapping of a popular air display, we look back at the other Kent festivals and events we have waved goodbye to.

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The Dutch village keeping memory of teenage soldier alive

The Dutch village keeping memory of teenage soldier alive

A Kent soldier who survived the D-Day landings but was killed liberating a Dutch village is being honoured by locals there to this day.

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The true story of Marlon Brando’s love for Kent revealed for the first time

The true story of Marlon Brando’s love for Kent revealed for the first time

For the first time, the full story of how “The Godfather” ended up falling in love with Kent can be revealed.

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Poundland, Iceland and Starbucks: What replaced Woolworths?

Poundland, Iceland and Starbucks: What replaced Woolworths?

As a coffee chain looks to open in a former Woolworths, we take a look at what replaced the high street giant after it vanished from our high streets.

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How Kent became last outpost of the freak show

How Kent became last outpost of the freak show

It’s easy to think freak shows died out in Victorian London – but they lived on and Kent would host them well into the 20th century.

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Incredible archaeological discoveries in the county

Incredible archaeological discoveries in the county

We take a look back at some of the most fascinating archaeological discoveries in Kent found, quite literally, beneath our feet.

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How a group of outsiders from Kent helped form modern America

How a group of outsiders from Kent helped form modern America

From presidents having to prove their religious devotion to anti-abortion laws – did Kent plant the seeds of modern America?

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When smell of brewing filled the air and staff got daily beer quota

When smell of brewing filled the air and staff got daily beer quota

We look back at the heyday of beer-making, when brewery drivers drank all day and apprentices were rolled around in barrels.

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Sheppey Crossing crash: Miracle how nobody died in Britain’s biggest pile-up

Sheppey Crossing crash: Miracle how nobody died in Britain’s biggest pile-up

To mark the 10th anniversary of Britain’s biggest-ever-pile-up we spoke to those injured and involved in the Sheppey Crossing crash.

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The forgotten histories of Kent’s shopping centre sites

The forgotten histories of Kent’s shopping centre sites

We have all visited the county’s big shopping centres – but have you ever asked yourself what used to be on the sites upon which they now stand?

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Story behind historic Kent ice cream shop with plans to go global

Story behind historic Kent ice cream shop with plans to go global

After the launch of its latest Kent venue, we look back at the rich history and humble beginnings of a famous ice cream shop.

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‘I once confidently predicted mobile phones would never catch on’

‘I once confidently predicted mobile phones would never catch on’

Is size really everything? For smartphones it seems to be – but we can’t make our minds up whether bigger or smaller is better.

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When diners ate in former morgue

When diners ate in former morgue

We look back at some of the County Town’s favourite lost restaurants, including one in a reputed former mortuary.

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The truth behind Kent's starring role in hit BBC drama The Gold

The truth behind Kent's starring role in hit BBC drama The Gold

As a second series on the Brink's Mat drama is confirmed, here we separate fact from fiction, and ask: "Who was the real Kenneth Noye?"

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Christmas pyjamas and the air fryer among 12 ‘products of the decade’

Christmas pyjamas and the air fryer among 12 ‘products of the decade’

From air fryers to flat caps and flamingos – John Lewis has identified 12 products it thinks define our shopping habits over the last 10 years.

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50 popular Christmas toys since 1973

50 popular Christmas toys since 1973

The most popular Christmas toys to have topped children’s wish lists since 1973 have been revealed by Argos – but how many of them do you remember?

‘It wasn’t a day out without a trip to the Rotunda’

‘It wasn’t a day out without a trip to the Rotunda’

Our columnist recalls one seaside town’s beachside amusement park – once a must-visit destination.

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From nightclubs and theme park to luxury homes and iconic Spoons

From nightclubs and theme park to luxury homes and iconic Spoons

Once it pulled in thousands of visitors – now a short walk will take you along one of the most remarkable history-rich promenades in the country.

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Tragic air ambulance crash remembered 25 years on

Tragic air ambulance crash remembered 25 years on

The county was plunged into mourning a quarter of a century ago after an emergency chopper crashed, killing three, just a minute away from its base.

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When our beaches rocked to Radio 1’s legendary roadshows

When our beaches rocked to Radio 1’s legendary roadshows

Did you attend Radio 1’s summer roadshows when they headed into the county? On their 50th anniversary, we speak to the man behind them.

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‘Today kids on bikes are greeted like the four horsemen of the apocalypse’

‘Today kids on bikes are greeted like the four horsemen of the apocalypse’

Remember when children used to cycle everywhere with their friends? Why have attitudes changed so dramatically?

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‘Maps used to get us from A to B – satnav means we now travel blind’

‘Maps used to get us from A to B – satnav means we now travel blind’

Does anyone use a map any more? Our columnist looks at how in-car tech has changed but asks do we know in which direction we’re all heading?

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