8 kilometres (5 mi) north of Canterbury and 3 kilometres (2 mi) west of Herne Bay. Whitstable was famous for its 'Native Oysters' which were collected from beds beyond the low water mark from Roman times until the mid-20th century.
Trains were driven by a locomotive for part of the journey, but on inclined planes were pulled on ropes by steam-driven stationary winding engines located at Tyler Hill and Clowes Wood.The Invicta was kept for scrap, but in 1898 work began on its restoration, which continued intermittently until its completion in 1977 by the National Railway Museum in York.As of 2015, the Member of Parliament for the constituency is the Conservative Julian Brazier, who has been the MP since 1987.At the 2005 general election, in Canterbury the Conservatives won a majority of 9,798 and 42.9% of the vote.On the locomotive was returned to Canterbury to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the line.
A plant to manufacture tarmacadam was built beside Whitstable Harbour in 1936.In 1790 the manor was sold to private landowners, and three years later the rights to harvest the oyster beds were bought by the newly established Company of Free Fishers and Dredgers of Whitstable, Between roughly 17 the well smacks or early longliners out of Barking and other local fishing ports would collect lugworms and whelks from Whitstable's bait-diggers and dredgers before beginning their tour for prime fish north to Iceland.Whelks suspended in net bags in the well could live for a while due to circulating fresh water.The Crab and Winkle Line finally closed in 1953, but about a third of the line was reopened as a footpath and cycleway in 1999 under the stewardship of a local charity, the Crab and Winkle Line Trust.One of the main developments to the town in recent years was the Horsebridge project.Following the 2009 local elections, ten of those seats were held by the Conservatives and two by the Labour Party. The town lies to the east of the outlet of The Swale into the Thames Estuary.