Maidstone is the county town of Kent, England, south-east of London. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town linking Maidstone to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river was a source and route for much of the town's trade. Maidstone was the centre of the agricultural county of Kent, known as the Garden of England. There is evidence of a settlement in the area dating back to beyond the Stone Age.
 
The town is within the Borough status in the United Kingdom of Maidstone (borough). In 2001, the town had a population of 138,959.
 
Maidstone's economy has changed over the years from being involved in heavy industry, to more light and service industries.
 

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