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Until the 19th century Folkestone remained a small fishing community with a seafront that was continually battered by storms and encroaching shingle that made it hard to land boats. In 1807 an Act of Parliament was passed to build a pier and harbour which was built by Thomas Telford in 1809.
Folkestone is located where the southern edge of the North Downs, escarpment meets the sea.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folkestone

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