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Gravesend



Gravesend is a town located in North West Kent and can be reached from the A2. Gravesend is a town that watches a lot of river traffic from the Thames pass on a daily basis and areas have been created to allow visitors to picnic on the river bank on grassy areas and flower borders. Gravesend is 'opposite' Tilbury in Essex.

During the summer, Gravesend comes alive with its own Regatta and many events take place throughout a three month period.

Back in the day of the Doomsday book, Gravesend was recorded as being called Gravesham (1086)

A lot of Gravesend was destroyed by fire back in 1727 and the parish church of St George has been built on the site of a former church burnt in the fire. Many tourists visit this site where there is a statue of the Indian Princess, Pocahontas who was buried in the church in 1617. The statue of Pocahontas was created by and Americal Sculptor, William Ordway Partridge back in 1922. A replica was built in 1958 and duly presented to Gravesend as a gift from the Govenor of Virginia.

Gravesend is a busy commercial town with a wide range of shops and a Market Hall that is open 6 days a week as well as a Farmer's market.

The Gravesend Pier is one of the oldest still standing cast iron piers that dates back to 1834. It was refurbished in 2004 and now hosts a bar and a restaurant.


Gravesend also marks the starting point of two foot paths, The Saxon Shore Way and the Weald Way. The Saxon Shore Way covers 140 miles and follows Kent's coastline between Gravesend and Rye, which is just over the border in to East Susex. The Saxon Shore Way passes a number of historic places in Kent, which, when integrated in to a Kent Walk make it even more interesting. You can take in one of the four forts that were built by the Romans as defence forts against the Saxons. The Weald Walk takes in more of the Kentish Countryside and leaves Gravesend and enters the picturesque Weald in Kent. The walk passes through some stunning Kent Villages and the Ashdown Forest.

The Hoo Peninsula, which lies to the East of Gravesend encased in marshlands.

The Hamlet of Cooling, which is home to Cooling Castle is famously connected to the playwright Charles Dickens. Cooling Castle was once the home of Sir John Oldcastle, who Shakespeare famously based his charachet Falstaff upon. Cooling Castle is unfortunately not open to the public but the curious visitor can see much of the castle from the road. Cooling Church, which is a small church made of ragstone has a graveyard in which the stone mounds that were taken by Charles Dickens as the graves of Pip's siblings in Great Expectations

When visiting Gravesend, be sure to visit the famous statue of Pocahontas which can be found in St George's Churchyard.