Kent – The Garden of England Part 1

Hi Everybody wherever you may be.

All this extra time at home this year has made me realise how fortunate we are to live in the very beautiful County of Kent in the South East of England

So I thought maybe a few posts of some old and new Kentish scenes would hopefully be interesting to my readers.

It isn’t a tour exactly but a rather haphazard wandering of our very fine piece of England. Due to the large number of places(and watercolours!) I would like to include this post will come in Three parts and this is thus Part 1

I was born In Kent rather a long time ago and more by luck than judgement we can back to live in Kent in the 1970’s. It’s a decision that has worked out well for us as a family and it has given us all the benefits of this lovely part of the UK and it’s proximity to Europe too.

Historically Kent has had a big part to play in the development of the UK and this is very true of our first stopping place, Canterbury.

Canterbury is dominated by the magnificent Cathedral and it’s history, especially that of Thomas a Beckett and the Canterbury tales by Chaucer.

It can be seen from all around the City and here are two watercolour sketches, one of the Cathedral and one of St Augustines Abbey.

Canterbury Cathedral from Mercery Lane. Watercolour sketch

It is only a few miles to travel to the North Coast of Kent from Canterbury and from Whitstable there is a long range view toward Reculver,a ruin today but once Roman fort and then an Abbey.

Reculer on the North Kent Coast Water 12 by 10 anches

As you travel further East you come to the seaside town of Margate with sandy beaches.  Here is a watercolour of  a sunset at Margate . Margate was a favourite place to paint for W M Turner. My sunset isn’t quite up to his standard though!. In Margate today there is the excellent Turner Gallery, which is well worth a visit.

 

Sunset at Margate. Watercolour 14 inches by 10

 

Continuing round the Isle of Thanet brings you to Broadstairs and  the white cliffs coast that stretches all to way to Sussex. Here the beaches are sand but as you travel further west the sand changes to shingle.

Broadstairs – Viking Bay. Watercolour 16 inches by 12

 

 

 

Kites flying at Botany Bay, near Broadstairs. Watercolour 14 anches by 10

 

Toward Dover is the North Foreland Lighthouse on top of the cliffs and in Dover itself the view of the Castle from the Harbour spit is gréât.

 

 

North Foreland Lighthouse.Watercolour 14 by 10 anches

Dover Castle from the Harbour. Watercolour

From Dover travelling west now you come to Folkestone and  Hythe and then Hastings. So here to finish Part 1 are few watercolours of Hythe and Hastings.

Fishing boats at Hythe in Kent. One of my first ever watercolours ,over 20 years ago!

Fishing boats on the Stad at Hastings

More fishing boats at Hastings

In Part 2 of this Blog Post we will visit other inland and coastal parts of Kent.
In the meantime I hope you have enjoyed this wander around our fine County of England.

Regards
Brian

About brianswatercolours

After spending 40 years in Aerospace I now enjoy painting watercolours of our travels around the world. I also paint for others who would like reminders of there favourite places. Most of my paintings are painted from photos that I have taken, or taken by others. This blog shows some paintings from Yvonne's and my travels together. Have look at my other Blog www.aquarellesdefrance.wordpress.com

Posted on September 1, 2020, in England, Kent in the UK, Lighthouses, Paintings from our travels, Travels with a Brush, Watercolours and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Do you sell your paintings? I love the St Augustines Abby. Curious how much it is?
    Victoria

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  2. Hi Victoria
    Many of my watercolours are for sale on Artfinder and some on the blog
    This sketch would be £100 plus postage which depends on where you live
    Email me and we can discuss further
    Also I can paint a larger version typically around £130
    Thanks for your interest
    Brian@brianswatercolours.com

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  3. Tricia Barton (Clarke-Jervoise)

    They are really lovely and I hope you don’t mind I have forwarded (hopefully) the two Canterbury watercolours to my twin cousins who lived there from the mid sixties. Their father was a professor at the uni for some years.

    Hope all’s well with you and your family
    Tricia x

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  4. Hi Brian, I love your watercolors, and especially this series of beautiful places around Kent. As an art teacher, I love the watercolor of a place Turner painted.

    Although I’ve traveled in England and Wales, I haven’t made it to Kent, but because I’m also a history teacher, I also like your watercolors because of the importance of so many places you painted. I’m familiar with Thanet Island’s history of one of the first places Vikings wintered over. Is Viking Bay named for that time? Also the that castle at Dover incorporates an old Roman lighthouse. And of course, Hastings for the Norman invasion. I hope to visit some of these places someday, including, of course,Canterbury and St. Augustine’s Abby, parts of which I know date back to the Christianization of southern England’s Saxon tribes. Thank you for these glimpses of Kent’s beauty and history!

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    • Hi Kathy
      I am very pleased you like them. If you follow my blog you will get notified when Parts 2 and 3 of this series come out over the next few weeks.
      I will be covering some famous places and castles in Kent as well as more coastline and countryside.
      I am pleased that you would like to visit our County of Kent, you will not be dissappointed I am sure.
      Best regards Brian

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  5. Fabulous paintings Brian. You really are super talented!

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