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 Kent Gravesend Heritage Audio Tour


he River Thames has long been an important feature in Gravesend life and may well have been the deciding factor for the first settlement here. One of the town's first distinctions was in being given the sole right to transport passengers to and from London by water in the late 14th century. The first steamboat plied its trade between Gravesend and London in the early 19th century, bringing with it a steadily increasing number of visitors to The Terrace Pier Gardens, Windmill Hill, Springhead Gardens and Rosherville Gardens. Gravesend soon became one of the first English resort towns and thrived from an early tourist trade. The river still plays a vital part in the life of the community today, providing an important link for industry and jobs to the benefit of many people. The cross-river passenger ferry to Tilbury provides a long-established route to and from the neighbouring County of Essex.

Gravesend received its first charter in 1268 and a Borough market was established which still thrives today. The market is now held six days a week, in a covered building that was purpose-built early in the 18th century. There is also a bustling, traditional open-air market held each Saturday in the car park area adjacent to the covered market.

Unfortunately, due to a series of fires in the town centre during the 18th and 19th centuries, many of Gravesend's oldest buildings were destroyed, however, there is still a wealth of fine buildings that survived. Gravesend grew rapidly during the reign of Queen Victoria, when businesses capitalised on a lucrative tourist boom in the town.
This self-guided audio tour starts and ends at TOWNCENTRIC and offers two options of route. The shorter takes 1 hour ( mile or 1.25km) and the longer 2 hours (1 miles or 2.5km). Allow an extra half hour to include a visit to the Chantry Heritage Centre.

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