Gravesend was called Gravesham in the Domesday Book
of 1086, changing to Gravesende/Gravesend in a later Domesday document
Gravesham was adopted as the name of the Borough in 1974. This may
derive from graaf-ham "home of the reeve/bailiff/lord of the manor" or
possibly grafs-ham "at the end of the grove". Local
info at www.gravesham.gov.uk
St Andrew's Church which is now an arts
St Andrew's door. General Gordon of
Khartoum was a regular Sunday School teacher at the Mission House (see
The best way to view a power station is
Gravesend Pier is the oldest cast iron pier
in the world, built in 1834. It was refurbished in 2004.
The pier now houses a restaurant, and there is a glazed
corridor for public use down the side, so that you can walk to the
end of the pier and then admire the view in the open air.
View from the pier
Looking up the Thames towards the pier
River Thames flowing to the sea
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Riverfront – visitor-friendly with swings, seating,
grassy area, toilets and refreshments
River pilot's red boat
Tilbury Power Station on the opposite
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Gordon Park, set just back from
the riverfront. The park and Gordon Promenade are named after General
Charles George Gordon (1833-1885) who was born in Woolwich and
served in the British Army. He is famed for his campaigns in China
and North Africa. He was responsible for building fortifications at
Gravesend to defend the River Thames. General Gordon also suggested
the correct site of Golgotha in Palestine, a location now known as
The Garden Tomb.
Statue of General Gordon
A short walk on higher ground around the
park, much more scenic in summer
This newly-built pond (2009) just below the
walkway in the above photos has obviously been inspired by a Monet
painting. The algae should disappear when it has used up the excess
nutrients and I am sure I espied some water lilies lurking
underneath. There is a big paved circle in front where a modern-day Monet
can sit and paint. Well done to the person in the Parks Department
who designed it!
May Queen event in May 2006
Toes were tapping in the crowd and this
"river dance" was as good as Riverdance!
May Queen event – Lifeboat demonstration
and Gravesend Rowing Club competition
Passing ships provide unending leisurely
interest. The tiny boats in the middle photo are moored there to
advertise local businesses during the May Queen event.
If you notice the unconcerned pigeons on
the left and the little dog approaching from the right, you have a
short, exciting but predictable story in the making!
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