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Dartford town guide

The town of Dartford had its origins in the crossing of the River Darent by a ford. The Roman Road from London to the Kent coast made use of this crossing, and was of undoubted importance in that time. The rich soils of the Darent valley were attractive to the farmers of those times, allowing agriculture to become established. Over later years Dartford changed into an industrial centre with milling, engineering, cement, chemicals, paper, and pharmaceuticals industries all now well established in the area.

It was in Dartford that the insurrection, known as the Peasants Revolt, led by Wat Tyler began in 1377. The unfortunate Wat Tyler did not survive the experience.

Not far away from Dartford, and easily accessible by hire car, are some of the finest attractions of Southern England. These include the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, the Royal Docks at Chatham and Chartwell, once the home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Nowadays, Dartford is probably best known for the river crossings close to the town where the M25 motorway crosses the River Thames. The Dartford Tunnel, opened in 1963, normally accommodates the anti-clockwise flow of traffic along this major artery, whilst the later Queen Elizabeth ll bridge of 1981 accommodates the clockwise flow.

The Bluewater Shopping Centre is very close to Dartford and is a great attraction, and not just for the shopping, with many different types of entertainment also available.

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