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Population of Maidstone
At the last census the population was 113,137
Maidstone's economy has changed over the years from being involved in heavy industry, to more light industry and service industries
The town is divided between the constituencies of Maidstone and the Weald and Faversham and Mid Kent. Before 1997 Maidstone was in the county constituency of Maidstone. The Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald is Conservative Helen Grant. Previous MPs include Ann Widdecombe, Sir John Wells, Sir Alfred Bossom and Benjamin Disraeli.
The River Medway runs through the centre of Maidstone
Maidstone is located 39 miles from London City Airport and 45miles from London Gatwick Airport.
KMFM Maidstone, Heart Kent, Radio Caroline (Radio), KentOnline, Maidstone and Medway News, Kent News, Downs Mail (Newspapers)
Famous People from Maidstone
Andy Townsend (Footballer), Malcolm MacDonald (Politician), Daniel Blythe (Author), John Jenkins (Composer)
Maidstone United FC (Football), Maidstone Hockey Club (Hockey), Maidstone Rugby Football Club (Rugby), Kent CCC, Lashings World XI (Cricket), Kent Mariners (Baseball)
Maidstone is twinned with Beauvais in Picardy (France)
Kent experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. The nearest official Met Office weather station for which online records are available is at East Malling, about three miles west of Maidstone. East Malling's highest temperature of 37.4c was recorded in August 2003
Maidstone's charter as a town was granted in 1549; although briefly revoked, a new charter in 1551 created the town as a borough. During the English Civil War, the Battle of Maidstone took place in 1648, resulting in a victory for the Parliamentarians. Andrew Broughton, who was Mayor of Maidstone in 1649 (and also Clerk to the High Court of Justice) was responsible for declaring the death sentence on Charles I, and today a plaque in Maidstone Town Centre memorialises Broughton as 'Mayor and Regicide'