It was founded in 1855 as the Ashford & Alfred News and General Advertiser and was Kent’s first penny paper after the abolition of stamp duty on newspapers in 1854. It adopted its present title three years later – initially as the first element of the title (the Ashford & Alfred News, Kentish Express, Hythe Gazette) from June to November 1858, then as a suffix for just one issue (Ashford & Alfred News, Kentish Express, Hythe Gazette) and finally on its own.
It’s now published by the KM Group (formerly the Kent Messenger Group) from editorial offices in Ashford. There are four editions:
- Ashford & District (the main edition, covering Ashford itself and most of the rest of the circulation area)
- Folkestone (Folkestone and Sandgate)
- Hythe and Romney Marsh (for the south of the circulation area)
- Tenterden (for the south west of the circulation area)
All come out on Thursdays. E-editions (by paid subscription) of all four editions are also available via the website.
- Kentish Express
34-36 North Street
- 01233 623232
- 01233 626545
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