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Man of Kent

West Kent and East Kent are one-time traditional subdivisions of the county of Kent, kept alive by the Association of the Men of Kent and Kentish Men: an organisation formed in 1913.

Residents of West Kent, those living west / north of the River Medway, are called 'Kentish Men', as opposed to residents of East Kent, who are known as 'Men of Kent'.

Simplistically the division is considered to be the river Medway, but apparently corresponds roughly to the Diocese of Rochester.

The division apparently derives from the ethnic differences between the Jutish settlement of the east of the county and the Saxon presence in the west, although its origins are somewhat obscure.

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