St George's Church

The sign above the indoor Borough Market said 1268.  A market dating back to the thirteenth century was very appealing but I’m afraid it was a forlorn affair.  The few stalls that were open looked bare and uninviting.  I wanted to do my bit to keep this market going but struggled until I saw a stall in the far corner selling out of date glossy magazines.  There is a space set aside for members of the community to do their own vision board.  No one was there and the boards that had been pinned up were uncared for and deeply depressing. The market opens Monday to Saturday 9 until 5pm it is in the centre of the Heritage Quarter.

Heritage Quarter

The High Street climbs from the Town Pier and has Georgian shops on either side.  Sadly, many of the shops were empty.  At the top of the hill there is an impressive Town Hall dated 1573. The market is set back from the Town Hall.

At the bottom of the High Street you will find the Town Pier which is the oldest remaining cast iron piers dated 1834. It was the subject of local controversy at the time as the local waterman thought it a threat to their livelihood and they rioted in 1833. More recently a Town Pier Pontoon has been added and there are a range of trips available for visitors. The Three Daws is close to the pier and boasts to be the oldest pub in Gravesend and possibly Kent dating back to 1488. It offers standard pub fare and does have great views.

In St George’s Church you can find the statue of Princess Pocahontas.  A native American she left Virginia 1607 to marry an Englishman John Rolfe. She died on a ship anchored off Gravesend and it is believed that she is buried in the church grounds.  Apparently, there was a surge of tourists to the town when the Walt Disney film was released.  Once you have left the Heritage Quarter the town is not that pedestrian friendly.

This town has got a lot going for it, as well as the Heritage Quarter and Pocahontas they have two forts and a Cold War bunker.