Travelling around Gravesend
Think 18th-century market halls, a pleasant old town (complete with picturesque cobbled streets and alleyways) and a scenic river location and you get a pretty good idea of what to expect when visiting Gravesend. Being the final resting place of Princess Pocahontas (yes, really), the ancient town of Gravesend has plenty of history to explore, but also straddles the future with HS1 running very close by.
If you’re unfamiliar with the area, then the link to Charles Dickins may come as a surprise, but many locations throughout Gravesend were thought to inspire the author’s work – making it very worthy of a visit for literary enthusiasts. Failing that there are parks, shopping centres and English pubs aplenty. Arriva buses operate services across Gravesend and beyond, with regular services running to the huge Bluewater Shopping Centre, as well as Dartford and Sevenoaks.
Gravesend is a town steeped in a rich history stemming right the way back to the Stone Age. Milton Chantry is believed to be Gravesend's oldest surviving building and dates from the early 14th century.
Gravesend also has one of the oldest surviving markets in the country and is the death place of Princess Pocahontas. On 21 March 1617, John Rolfe and Rebecca (aka Princess Pocahontas) with their two-year-old son, Thomas, boarded a ship in London bound for the Commonwealth of Virginia; the ship had only sailed as far as Gravesend before Rebecca fell fatally ill. Her funeral and interment took place on 21 March 1617 at the parish church of St George, Gravesend. The site of her grave was underneath the church's chancel; however, her exact resting place has been unknown since the previous church was destroyed by fire in 1727.