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Thanet

Thanet District

Shown within Kent
Geography
Status: District
Region: South East England
Admin. County: Kent
Area:
- Total
Ranked 241st
103.30 km²
Admin. HQ: Margate
ONS code: 29UN
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2002 est.)
- Density
Ranked 142nd
127,638
1,236 / km²
Ethnicity: 97.7% White
Politics
Thanet District Council
http://www.thanet.gov.uk/
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
Executive: Conservative
MPs: Roger Gale, Stephen Ladyman
The Isle of Thanet is an area of northeast Kent, in England, that used to be separated from the mainland by the Wantsum channel. The first bridge over the channel was built at Sarre in 1485. However, the channel silted up around the 15th century, and now the so-called isle is only partially separated from the mainland by the minor rivers Wantsum and Stour. Thanet contains the seaside towns of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, along with many other towns and villages.

Because of its proximity to France and therefore to mainland Europe, Thanet received the first of the Roman invaders in 55 BC. It was in Thanet that Vortigern formed an uneasy alliance with Hengest and Horsa, by tradition chieftains of the Jutes, who led the Anglo-Saxon invasion in AD 449. By the end of the fifth century, Thanet had become part of the Jutish kingdom in Kent. In this way, Thanet is a mirror to Hampshire's Isle of Wight.

St. Augustine is supposed to have landed at Ebbsfleet on Thanet before founding Britain's first Christian monastery in Canterbury.

The Vikings wintered on Thanet twice in the ninth century, first in 851, then again in 864.

Thanet now forms a local government district of Kent.


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