Photo Gallery – Maidstone


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Maidstone is the county town of Kent and was recorded in Saxon charters of 975 as maegden stane = "stone of the maidens" or "stone of the people" possibly referring to a nearby megalith site. Mote Park is 450 acres of parkland with a 30-acre lake.

Artistic map of Maidstone near Archbishop's Palace, Mill Street
Artistic map of Maidstone town centre in a perspex case on Mill Street just outside the Archbishop's Palace, opposite the carriage museum. Click thumbnail for bigger picture, repays close study, with lots of interesting historical detail.

Maidstone bridge
The bridge over the River Medway was built in 1879, designed by Joseph Bazalgette, the engineer who created London's sewage network. The road in the centre leads up to the high street shops.

View from Maidstone bridge
View upstream from the bridge, Bishops Palace on left.

View of bridge and riverRiver and rear of Bishops Palace
From Lockmeadow Millennium Bridge, looking back to Maidstone Bridge, with rear of Bishops Palace on right

Bishops Palace
14th Century Bishops Palace, built to accommodate the Archbishop of Canterbury on the journey between Canterbury and London, now housing the Register Office.

Bishops Palace
Bishops Palace

All Saints Church
All Saints Church, adjacent to the Palace

Old Tithe Barn
Archbishops Stables ("Old Tithe Barn") houses the Tyrwitt Drake Carriage Museum. (Stitched picture, hence curve)

Timber framed house  Timber framed house
Timber framed house in Knightrider Street

Maidstone decorative plasterwork on timber framed house
High Street decorative plasterwork on timber frame (far right hand side of photo is stitched)

Maidstone underpass tiles oast houses   Maidstone underpass tiles sheep
Tiled artwork in the underpass under St Peter's Street - Kent's historical industries of hop farming and sheep.

Maidstone Mote Park entrance road
Road from Mote Park entrance to car park on the right

Maidstone Mote Park playground
Spacious children's playground next to the car park. Refreshment facilities adjacent.

Maidstone Mote Park lake and ducks
Down the slope behind the cafι to get to the lake.

Maidstone Mote Park lake boathouse and ducks
Birds making short work of whole slices. The gulls tend to hang back or make a quick dive into the melιe. The blue enclosure top left is for parking/launching model boats.


Maidstone Mote Park model boat
If you arrive on a Cygnets Model Boat Club day and the little speedboats are zooming, the other end of the lake is perfectly peaceful. The ducks seem to take no notice of the model boats which have their own restricted area set out by buoys.

White duck - Jemima Puddleduck  Maidstone Mote Park mallard and ducklings
Jemima Puddleduck, in my family known as "Do-You-Mind-The-Puddle Duck?" The ducklings come right to the edge of the lake for close inspection by the children. The ducks come out and walk around you, if the humans are not too boisterous. I think they use the pigeons as an early warning system for danger.


Maidstone Mote Park lake and ducks
The seagulls keep their distance and do not disturb the hand feeding.

Maidstone Mote Park house
Mote House at the top end of the park. The lake is fed by the River Len which flows in from the east and eventually joins the River Medway.

Maidstone Mote Park kite flying

Maidstone Mote Park waterfall into lake 
Waterfall at the top end of the lake photos from 2006 and rebuilt 2012, hopefully now more matured and toned down colours.

Maidstone Mote Park daffodils
The daffodils are located in front of Mote House


Maidstone Mote Park bridge in winter  Maiadstone Mote Park bridge in summer
Bridge at top end of lake, a little way past Mote House (if going clockwise round the lake).  This is halfway round the lake circuit. There are plenty of secluded spots to watch wildlife.

Maidstone Mote Park lake and reeds

Maidstone Mote Park pink flowering cherry

Maidstone Mote Park red leaves  Maidstone Mote Park white flowering cherry
Don't forget to look up!

Maidstone Mote Park trees and grassland

Maidstone Mote Park trees
Mature and majestic trees everywhere

Maidstone Mote Park exit road, winter  Maidstone Mote Park exit road, summer
The road to the park exit – winter and summer. Hard car parking is behind us, and on the grass area to the right.

Maidstone Mote Park car park in winter colours
Grass car parking area in frosty winter colours

Mote Park entrance road autumnal beech trees
Path next to entrance road once through the gates

Mote Park entrance road autumnal beech trees



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