Maidstone is a town in Kent, England, and recognised as the county town. Maidstone is historically relevant and sprawls 32 miles east-south-east of London. The River Medway flows into the town centre and links it with Rochester and the Thames Estuary.
Maidstone played a vital role throughout the Peasants’ Revolt in the year 1381. The renegade clergyman John Ball had been jailed in Maidstone prison. He was released by Kentish revolutionaries under the command of Wat Tyler. Wat Tyler is reputed to have been a citizen of the area.
Paper mills, stone quarries, brewing and the cloth manufacturers have all thrived here. The papermaker James Whatman devised wove paper, also known as Whatman paper at the Turkey Mill near Bearsted from 1740. This invention was an essential advancement in the story of printing.
A long-standing military occupancy was installed in the town with the fulfilment of cavalry barracks in 1798. Invicta Park Barracks is now residence to the 36 Engineer Regiment.
Maidstone Prison is located just north of Maidstone town centre and was finished in 1819.
With excellent availability for parking and shopping at both Fremlin Walk and Maidstone, Market Maidstone is an essential stop-off. The local hospitality outlets serving remarkable food and drink from local producers. Annually there is a vast calendar of notable occasions, and different experiences to be had for all age groups.
There are not too many sites in the South East that offer as much to see and do as Maidstone.