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Kent was settled well before most other parts of England and has the oldest recorded place name in the British Isles. The County's history is closely bound up in it's proximity to mainland Europe. Archaeological remains from prehistoric times show clear links between Kent and northern Europe, as well as a land link.
The white horse on a red field is reputed to be the symbol of the ancient Saxon kingdom of Kent; they have for long been associated with the modern County. The mural crown commemorates the fact that, for four hundred years, Kent was an independent Saxon kingdom. Its form is also symbolic of the many fortified castles and towns in the county and the masts and sails are emblems of its intimate links with the Navy, the Mercantile Marine and Sea Fisheries.
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University of Kent at Canterbury
Canterbury is a city steeped in history and occupation of the area can be traced back to many centuries before Christ. Little was known about its ancestors until after World War II, when bombs laid many parts of Canterbury bare, allowing archaeologists to delve into Canterbury's past. The area in which Canterbury is situated was once a boggy wasteland, but gradually over time, with prehistoric mans' advancement in tools and implements, the area was cultivated and cleared for settlement. Due to threats from the continent, fortified villages such as the fort of Bigbury near Harbledown were built.
The Romans first came to Canterbury under the command of Julius Caesar in 55 and 54 B.C. and the people living there were found to be quite civilised. After taking hostages and money the Romans left for a century. In 43 A.D. a full scale invasion was launched, as Canterbury and surrounding areas posed a threat due to their links with the Gauls. By A.D. a Roman civil settlement existed. Canterbury was an important capital as it connected 3 trading ports to London. Canterbury had all the luxuries of a Roman city such as theaters, baths, temples, forums and intricately mosaiced houses. With the invasion of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes and their rivalry for control of England, Canterbury was abandoned and left in ruins. It was left overgrown for more than a century before new timber buildings were built over the roman village, but most dwellings were outside the Roman walls.
It was in the reign of King Ethelbert and his French wife Bertha, that Canterbury was converted to Christianity. In 597 A.D. Pope Gregory sent St. Augustine to England to convert people to Christianity. He was welcomed by Bertha who was already Christian. He was given full use of her little parish church of St. Martin's to preach in. After succeeding in many conversions, including the King, the Abbeys of the Saints Peter and Paul were built just outside the city walls. They later became St. Augustine's Abbey where Archbishops of the church were buried with Kentish Royalty. Ethelbert's son began the Christ Church monastery in 602 A.D., which became the present day Cathedral, and so began Canterbury's importance as the mother of British Christianity, a position which it has held for 1400 years.
University of Kent at Canterbury
The University of Kent is built on 300 acres of parkland overlooking Canterbury. It was founded in 1965 and is still growing and evolving. Modern buildings are surrounded by open green spaces, courtyards, gardens, ponds and woodland, and the view across Canterbury and the Stour valley all help to make Kent an attractive and friendly campus.
The four colleges at Kent are each named after distinguished British figures – Darwin, Eliot, Keynes and Rutherford. They are more than just halls of residence, because in addition to living, social and catering facilities they also house lecture theatres, seminar rooms, computer terminal rooms, and each contain at least two of the academic departments.
Computing has been taught at the University of Kent for 30 years, and the Computing Laboratory has built a strong reputation over that time. The Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent is a thriving, internationally respected research department.
Lee studied his Computer Science Degree (BSc Honours) at UKC from 1989 until 1992.
One of six Whitstable wards, Seasalter Ward is the most westerly of the District's coastal wards. It contains areas of marshland and is marked by a boundary with Whitstable Bay. The coastline overlooks the Isle of Sheppey and is protected by a substantial grass bank. This is supplemented in parts by a sea wall.
The area has never really been developed for permanent residence. Urbanisation comes to a dramatic halt at the Blue Anchor and, whilst a sprinkling of bungalows fringe the coastline for a further hundred yards or so, that is pretty much it.
Lee lived in Seasalter for his second and third years of University. His father Colin H Fuller lives there today.