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If you want an unusual picture of Kent - the Garden of England - this is the place to look. Of course, if you want a Kentish picture (east of the River Medway) you'll find those too. See our Victorian map of Kent to understand the distinction!
Growing hops for the brewing industry was a mainstay of agriculture in the county but sadly few hop fields remain. For many years they served both as a key part of the Kent economy and a holiday destination for Londoners who could afford little else but a working holiday. We have some fascinating pictures of hop-picking. Kent is also, of course, famous for the other end of the drinks business, with many famous old coaching inns and country pubs, and is the home of Britain's oldest brewers of beer, Shepherd Neame of Faversham, founded in 1698.
Another world-renowned Kent food product is Whitstable oysters, part of the extensive Kentish fishing industry, and we have a lovely Victorian engraving of such fishermen.
Pictures and photographs of Tunbridge Wells include the Pantiles and the spa that prompted the town's growth during the Victorian. Royal Tunbridge Wells is one of only two English towns permitted the Royal prefix (forget London Boroughs and counties). If you'd like to know the other, email us.
Kent is famous for its links golf courses, with Royal St George's being one of the Open courses, and we have old photos of international golf at Deal. Kent's other major sport is cricket - see our photographs of games at Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells - although we also have the odd rugby picture with a photo of Kent playing the 1906 South African Rugby tourists.