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Maidstone council's spelling error in new paving stone

We all make spelling mistakes from time to time.

But it is unfortunate when your spelling error is carved in stone and set in the centre of a busy pavement for thousands to see each day.

That is what has happened to Maidstone Borough Council.

The unfortunate history stone
The unfortunate history stone

As the culmination of the borough's £3 million street regeneration scheme, which has seen months of work laying new paving stones in Week Street and Gabriel's Hill, the council's contractors have now installed history panels at strategic points along the road.

The idea is the slabs will mark out a timeline of Maidstone's past with key events like the Battle of Maidstone recorded.

Sadly the slab recently installed at the top of Gabriel's Hill reads: "1600: Maidstone as principle market town."

The word principle is a misspelling, referring to principles or values.

Principal market town, would mean chief or prominent market town.

A Maidstone Borough Council spokesman said: "We are aware of this error. Unfortunately the spelling mistake was missed when the design stage drawings were checked. The stone will be replaced.”

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