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Kingston

Kingston is a village and civil parish near Canterbury in Kent, South East England.

The village is located 5 miles to the south east of the city centre of Canterbury on the edge of the North Downs in countryside designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The local church, dedicated to Saint Giles, originated during the 11th century, and is now part of the Barham Downs group of churches. The walls of the nave and about two-thirds of the present chancel are thought to be original, the chancel being extended in the 13th century. The font is also said to date from the 13th Century. The tower of a windmill stands some distance from the village.

The ‘Kingston Brooch’, an important piece of Anglo-Saxon jewelry dating from the 7th Century, was discovered in a Tumulus on Kingston Downs in 1771 by Rev’d Brian Faussett who was Rector of Kingston. It is 8cm in diameter, made of gold with garnet, blue glass and shell settings. It is now on display in the World Museum, Liverpool.

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