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Gravesend (Kent)

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Gravesend is a town in northwest Kent, on the south bank of the Thames, opposite Tilbury in Essex.

Gravesend is recorded as Gravesham in the Domesday Book in 1086 as belonging to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux.

Did you know? ....
Odo ordered a tapestry to be made in honour of William the Conqueror's victory at the Battle of Hastings.

Map showing Gravesend
St Andrew's Art Centre
St Andrew's Art Centre. Once a mission church
The Three Daws Pub
The Town Pier
The Three Daws is reputed to be the oldest pub in Kent.
The Town Pier is the world's oldest surviving cast iron pier.
Flood Wall
A high wall helps to prevents Gravesend from flooding.

Pocahontas is buried in St George's Church
Pocahontas Statue
PocahontasPrincess Pocahontas was the first North American Indian Christian. She had been received at the Court of King James I and died as she began her journey back to Virginia. She was buried in the chancel of the church on 21 March 1617.

Tug Boat

Ferry Terminal

Ferry Sign

Before the Dartford Crossing came into being there was a vehicle ferry here. Now the ferry only takes foot passengers and motorbikes.

Old Ferry

The ferry today
A 1910 photograph of the paddle steamer 'Tilbury

West Street car ferry in the 1950s

The Long Ferry from Gravesend to London
The types of boats used on the Long Ferry were Gravesend barge and later the Tilt boat.

Tilt Boat


Gravesend Tilt boats were the fasted way to get to London. The tilt or cover gave some weather protection for the passengers. In the picture on the left you can see passengers sitting under the cover. From 1573 the fare was six old pence per person (This was very expensive, the equivalent today would be about £4.16)

Take a spin round Gravesend with the BBC Kent's panorama photographs.

Tilbury Fort Southend-on-Sea

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