Thong, Kent

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Thong
Location within Kent
OS grid reference TQ673707
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Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Gravesend
Postcode district DA12
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
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51°24′36″N0°24′15″E / 51.41°N 0.4041°E / 51.41; 0.4041 Coordinates: 51°24′36″N0°24′15″E / 51.41°N 0.4041°E / 51.41; 0.4041

Thong is a hamlet southeast of Gravesend in Kent, England. The population of the hamlet is included in the civil parish of Shorne.

Hamlet (place) Small human settlement in a rural area

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Kent County of England

Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north-west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south-west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone.

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It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names [1] and appeared as a question answer for Round Britain Quiz. [2]

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The name 'Thong' is first attested in the Registrum Roffense of circa 1200, where it appears as Thuange. The name may correspond with the Middle Low German dwenge meaning 'trap', but this cannot be confirmed. [3]

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References

  1. Lyall, Sarah (22 January 2009). "No Snickering: That Road Sign Means Something Else". The New York Times . Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. "Programme 8, 2015: North of England take on The Midlands". Round Britain Quiz. 7 December 2015. Radio 4.
  3. Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.466.