25 Facts About Gravesend


In Brooklyn, New York, the neighbourhood of Gravesend is said by some to have been named for 's-Gravenzande.

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Milton Chantry is Gravesend's oldest surviving building and dates from the early 14th century.

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Gravesend has one of the oldest surviving markets in the country.

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In 1380, during the Hundred Years' War, Gravesend suffered being sacked and burned by the Castilian fleet.

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Journeys by road to Gravesend were historically quite hazardous, since the main London-Dover road crossed Blackheath, notorious for its highwaymen.

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Gravesend completed the flight in 39 hours 36 minutes over the next four days; his record still stands.

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Gravesend is part of and is the principal town of the Borough of Gravesham.

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Gravesend was incorporated as a Municipal Borough in 1835 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 and Northfleet was constituted an Urban District in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894: Gravesend absorbed Milton, Denton, Chalk and part of Northfleet, including Claphall, Singlewell and King's Farm .

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Gravesend is located at a point where the higher land – the lowest point of the dip slope of the North Downs – reaches the Thames.

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Gravesend has an oceanic climate similar to much of southern England, being accorded Koppen Climate Classification-subtype of "Cfb" .

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On 10 August 2003, Gravesend recorded one of the highest temperatures since records began in the United Kingdom, with a reading of 38.

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Gravesend, which has a Met Office site, reports its data each hour.

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Gravesend today is a commercial and commuter town, providing a local shopping district, including the St Georges shopping complex and a regular farmers' market.

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Gravesend has the world's oldest surviving cast iron pier, built in 1834.

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Gravesend soon became one of the first English resort towns and thrived from an early tourist trade.

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Gravesend "watermen" were often in a family trade; and the town is the headquarters of the Port of London Authority Control Centre, has its headquarters at Gravesend, providing maritime pilots who play an important role in navigation on the River Thames.

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Dinghy at an unmodernised Gravesend was the backdrop to the 1952 thriller The Long Memory starring Sir John Mills.

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Gravesend has one of England's oldest regattas retained from its strong maritime links with the Thames.

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Gravesend then oversaw its development and ultimate installation at Gravesend.

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Gravesend Sailing Club, which was founded so that working men could participate in the sport while still having to earn a living is based here.

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Gravesend is the primary north Kent interchange for high speed and metro rail services.

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Gravesend is served by several Arriva Kent Thameside bus services connecting the town with other areas in Kent including Dartford, Bluewater and Sevenoaks and to the Medway Towns.

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Gravesend is served by Fastrack bus services connecting the town with Bluewater, Darent Valley Hospital and Dartford.

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Gravesend has three other Church of England parishes and Roman Catholic, Methodist, United Reformed and Baptist churches as well as other smaller chapels.

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Gravesend is briefly mentioned in the 1818 novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley during Victor's travels through the United Kingdom with Clerval; ultimately culminating in Victor's residence in the Orkney Islands.

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