Published: 06:00, 15 January 2022
| Updated: 10:28, 15 January 2022
Want to take a walk in the footsteps of famous names from the past?
Take a trip with your local blue plaques and pick up some nuggets of knowledge along the way. Find one near you here...
When you get your kebab in West Malling, you get a slice of history with it too as the kebab house is home to a blue plaque commemorating the time The Beatles came to town. John Lennon and Ringo Starr can be seen in the High Street in the opening of The Beatles’ 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour. The Fab Four spent several days filming in the town, including at the disused West Malling Airfield. There is also one to George Orwell at the station.
The author, producer and narrator of classic children’s programmes including Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog, Bagpuss and the Clangers, with puppet maker Peter Firmin, has a blue plaque remembering him - and the Clangers - on the wall of his seaside house where he wrote the majority of his works at 9 Chandos Road, Broadstairs.
Music icon David Bowie was immortalised in Maidstone thanks to a blue plaque unveiled by Nick "Topper" Headon, former drummer with The Clash, and Bowie's ex-bandmate Bob Solly in the Royal Star Arcade in the High Street in 2017.
Bowie played a number of times at the Royal Star Hotel Ballroom once on the site between 1964 and 1965 with Maidstone band The Manish Boys.
The Rolling Stones
The spot where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first met, by chance, before going on to form The Rolling Stones in 1961 on Platform 2 of Dartford Railway Station is marked with a plaque, unveiled in 2015.
It marks the moment when the two rock gods forged their friendship. Keith also has one at 6 Spielman Road, Dartford.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Racing driver and creator of the iconic cars, Count Louis Zborowski, is remembered with a blue plaque in St Radigund's Street, Canterbury, where his workshop was in the early 1920s. The Count, who lived at Higham Park at Bridge, was a well-known engineer but died in a crash in the Italian GP in 1923.
Carry On actor Charles Hawtrey moved to 117 Middle Street, Deal, in 1968 and stayed until his death in 1988.
The accomplished musician, actor and director has a blue plaque to him on the front exterior wall of the house.
There is a blue plaque on the house where the Carry On actor and her then husband John Le Mesurier (who played Sgt Arthur Wilson in Dad's Army), lived at 25 Trinity Square in Margate in the 1960s.
There is also a plaque to her on the house where she was born at 125 High Street, Sandgate.
English Romanticist landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner, who the Turner Contemporary gallery is named after, attended Coleman’s School on the corner of Love Lane and Hawley Street in Old Margate Town. There is a blue plaque marking where he studied from 1785 to 1788.
The creator of James Bond, who sold 30 million books in his lifetime and spawned a multi million dollar film franchise, is said to have written You Only Live Twice at the Duck Inn, Pett Bottom, Canterbury in 1964.
Fleming had a holiday home, White Cliffs, at St Margate's Bay, which he bought from Noel Coward in 1951, and used many locations around the county in his books.
The author had many connections with the county, as her father had attended Tonbridge School and her brother lived near Canterbury, but the blue plaque devoted to her is on the side of Boots at 46-52 High Street, Dartford. She stayed at the former inn the Bull and George on the site when travelling to see her brother.
The comedian may not have lived in the county, but there is a blue plaque on the wall of the Bull's Head at 1 Market Place, Margate, where he had his wedding reception in the first floor function room in 1952. He married the daughter of a previous landlord, Joan Bartlett.
English Heritage began the blue plaque movement back in 1866 in London, celebrating the links between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked.
The first plaque went to poet Lord Byron in 1867, but his house in Holles Street, near Cavendish Square, was demolished in 1889. A John Lewis department store occupies the site today, and bears a Westminster City Council plaque to the poet.
More recently, local councils have taken ownership of the scheme in their areas.