The guarding of england

Walk around 'Hellfire Corner', Britain's frontline county

Now renowned for it's oasts, coast, countryside, historic houses, castles and gardens, Kent hasn't always been so peaceful. The county has always been at the forefront of the defence of the realm. It was the Romans who built the four coastal forts of Reculver, Richborough, Dover and Lympne - as part of the defences that became known as the 'Saxon Shore'. The Normans were responsible for many castles, including Dover and Rochester, while Henry VIII added to the county's fortifications after the split with Rome.

Centuries later, the threat of invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte's army led to further investment in the county's coastal defences. 

During the Great War of 1914-1918, the county's close proximity to mainland Europe saw it bear the brunt of the German air attacks and naval bombardments. In 1940, with England staring invasion in the face, Kent and 'hellfire corner'- as it became known - was Britain's frontline of defence against Nazi invasion. 

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