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Maidstone(mād`stən), city (1991 pop. 86,067), Kent, SE England, on the Medway River. It is a market city with agricultural, paper, printing, quarrying, brewing, and engineering industries. There is evidence of a Roman station. Chillington Manor (Elizabethan) contains the Maidstone Museum, the public library, and the headquarters of the Kent Archaeological Society. The grammar school dates from 1549. Noteworthy are the Church of All Saints, founded in the 14th cent.; the palace of the archbishops; and Penenden Heath, a recreation ground. Maidstone has technical, art, and adult-education schools. William HazlittHazlitt, William,
1778–1830, English essayist. The son of a reform-mindeed Unitarian minister, he abandoned the idea of entering the clergy and took up painting, philosophy, and later journalism.
..... Click the link for more information. was born in the city. Nearby Cobtree Manor is the "Dingley Dell" of Dickens's Pickwick Papers.
a city in Great Britain, on the Medway River. Maidstone is the administrative center of the county of Kent. Population, 70,900 (1971). Maidstone is the market center for the surrounding horticulture district. The city’s industries include food, paper, cement, and agricultural machinery.