Folkestone (/ˈfoʊkstən/ FOHK-stən) is a harbor town upon the English Channel, in Kent, south-east England. The town lies upon the southern edge of the North Downs at a valley together with two cliffs. It was an important harbour and shipping port for most of the 19th and 20th centuries.
There has been a unity in this location back the Mesolithic era. A nunnery was founded by Eanswith, granddaughter of Æthelberht of Kent in the 7th century, who is nevertheless commemorated as portion of the town’s culture. During the 13th century it like developed into a seaport and the harbour developed during the before 19th century to pay for defence neighboring a French invasion, and expanded extra after the coming on of the railway in 1843. The harbour’s use has diminished before the instigation of the clear Channel Tunnel and stopping of local ferry services, but yet remains in responsive use.