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Excerpt from A Handbook for Travellers in Kent and Sussex: With Map The county of Kent, the extreme south-eastern corner of England, contains 1557 square miles, or 996,480 acres. From east to west (from the North Foreland to London) it "expatiate itself," in Fuller's words, into 64 miles; from north to south (North Foreland to Dungeness) it "expanded not above" 38 miles. Eight English counties exceed it in size. Kent, continues Fuller, "differeth not more from other shires than from itself, such the variety thereof. In some jjarts of it health and wealth are at many miles' distance, which in other parts are reconciled to live under the same roof - I mean, abide in one place together." The entire comity, the geological features of which are strongly marked, is divided, according to local experience, into three very distinct districts: - 1. That of "health without wealth," embracing the higher parts of the Downs, which stretch in a long line across the county and form what is called the "backbone of Kent: " 2. That of "wealth without health;" this consists of parts of the tree-covered Weald, of Eonmey Marsh, and of the marshes along the Medway and the Swale, where the pasturage is deep and rich, but where ague and low fever are the common lot of the inhabitants: and 3. That in which "health and wealth are reconciled to live together," covering by far the greater part of the county, but best and richest in the valley of the Medway from Maidstone to Tunbridge, and in parts of the country about Canterbury. Each of these districts assists in producing the diversified scenery and the varied riches that still justify the encomium pronounced on the county iu the 'Polyolbion' of Michael Drayton: - About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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