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Bexley is located on the banks of the River Cray south of the Roman Road, Watling Street. There are two parts to the town - Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Park, Lamorbey, Bladindon, Blendon, and Bexleyheath). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. The village offers many facilities including local shops, pubs and restaurants and there are parks, woods and open spaces within easy reach. There is a mainline railway station with regular services to London and road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

 

Crayford a town and electoral ward in the London Borough of Bexley, was an important bridging point in Roman times across the River Cray, a tributary of the River Darent, which is itself a tributary of the River Thames. The area offers many facilities including high street shopping, Tower Retail Park, restaurants and public houses. Crayford also has a greyhound race track. Places of interest to visit include waterfront gardens and the historical Hall Place with its gardens. Crayford also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

 

Darenth is a village and civil parish in the Dartford District. The parish is located to the south-east of Dartford town; the village is three miles (4.8km) from there. Dartford offers many facilities including Prospect Place Retail Park, the Orchard theatre, the library and museum, the central park, the weekly markets and an array of local shops and public houses. There is also the Fairfield Leisure Centre offering facilities such as gym, swimming and a soft play area. Dartford has many schools catering from reception to year 13 including four grammar schools at secondary level. Dartford also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

Dartford is home to Dartford F.C. and is the principal town in the borough of Dartford. It is situated in the northwest corner of Kent, 16 miles (26 km) east south-east of Central London. The town centre is situated in a valley through which the River Darent flows, and where the old road from London to Dover crossed: hence the name, from Darent + ford. Dartford became a market town in medieval times and, although today it is principally a commuter town for Greater London, it has a long history of religious, industrial and cultural importance. It is an important rail hub; the main through-road now avoids the town itself. The town centre offers many facilities including Prospect Place Retail Park, the Orchard theatre, the library and museum, the central park, the weekly markets and an array of local shops and public houses. There is also the Fairfield Leisure Centre offering facilities such as gym, swimming and a soft play area. Dartford has many schools catering from reception to year 13 including four grammar schools at secondary level. Dartford also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

 

Farningham is believed to be home to Neolithic history – flint and other tools have been discovered and can be found in the Dartford Museum. The Romans occupied the general area after their invasion in the 1st century and, along with large evidence of habitation down the road in Lullingstone, there is also evidence of Roman habitation in Farningham. Three farmhouses and three villas have been unearthed. Charles Dickens was a visitor during his time for the trout fishing that the Darent provided. Farningham had a watermill, powered by the River Darent, the building of which survives. There was a windmill at Chimham's Farm, which was moved in 1880 to West Kingsdown, where it still stands. Farningham also has a mainline railway station (Farningham Road) with regular services to London. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as Ebbsfleet International station , airports, the coast and Channel Tunnel.

Greenhithe originally owes a great deal to its situation between the River Thames and Watling Street (the London, Dover Road) and it being a suitable landing place for ships. In Roman times known as Gretenrsce, and by 1363 Grenehuth, it appears in the 1778 'History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent' : "Here there are several wharves for the landing and shipping of corn, wood, and other commodities, but the greatest traffic arises from the chalk and lime, from the chalk pits, the range of which continues with small intermission from Stone to Gravesend, within a very short distance of the shore. The area offers many facilities including the Bluewater shopping centre with it’s array of shops, restaurants and eateries and multiplex cinema, river walks, pubs and supermarket. Greenhithe also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London and is within easy reach of the Ebbsfleet International Station. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel.

Hextable, in just over 100 years has grown from a small hamlet to a semi-rural village of some 4,400 people. It is  situated in north west Kent between the towns of Dartford and Swanley. The village is surrounded by green belt land - much of it used by nurseries, garden centres and small farms.  Despite being only 16 miles from Central London and within the M25, Hextable still retains much of its rural character having its own post office, chemist, grocery stores and bakery. The centre is marked by an attractive tree-lined village green with a children's play area. A founder member of the Temperance Movement once lived in Hextable and to this day, historic covenants still mean the village has no public houses! Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as Ebbsfleet International station, airports, the coast and Channel Tunnel.

 

 

 

 

 

Horton Kirby is a village in the civil parish of Horton Kirby and South Darenth in the Sevenoaks District of Kent. The village is located on the right bank of the River Darent, south of Dartford. Its church is dedicated to St Mary. The nearest railway station is at Farningham Road. The A225 road between Dartford and Sevenoaks passes to the west of the village. The village nestles in the Darenth Valley a few miles from Dartford. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as Ebbsfleet International station , airports, the coast and Channel Tunnel.

 

South Darenth is a village in the civil parish of South Darenth and Horton Kirby in the Sevenoaks District of Kent. The village is located on the right bank of the River Darent, south of Dartford. Its church is dedicated to St Mary. The nearest railway station is at Farningham Road. The A225 road between Dartford and Sevenoaks passes to the west of the village. The village nestles in the Darenth Valley a few miles from Dartford. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as Ebbsfleet International station , airports, the coast and Channel Tunnel.

 

Stone also known as Stone-next-Dartford is one of a string of villages lying along the Dartford to Gravesend road on the south bank of the River Thames. Stone is close to the village of Greenhithe and offers many facilities including the Bluewater shopping centre with it’s array of shops, restaurants and eateries and multiplex cinema, river walks, pubs and supermarket. Greenhithe also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London and is within easy reach of the Ebbsfleet International Station. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as Ebbsfleet International station , airports, the coast and Channel Tunnel.

Swanley developed from the Saxon term 'Swine-ley', "Ley" meaning a clearing in the woods and "swine" meaning pigs. So originally it was a Saxon pigs farm. This later developed into what we now know as Swanley. In the 6th and 7th Centuries, there were probably two homesteads. The town became an important horticulture centre, its green farm fields became an attraction for London doctors seeking a cure for sick Londoners, escaping the smog of London. The town centre offers many facilities including White Oaks Leisure Centre, with gym, swimming and a soft play area, the library, Swanley Park, the weekly market and an array of local shops, supermarkets and public houses. The local area has many schools catering from reception to year 13 including four grammar schools at secondary level. Swanley also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

Swanscombe is eastwards from Stone, so called from the camp of Swane, king of Denmark, who having failed up the Thames, landed at Greenhithe; and marching from there, camped at this place; Combe and Compe in Saxon. The area offers many facilities including the Bluewater shopping centre with it’s array of shops, restaurants and eateries and multiplex cinema, river walks, pubs and supermarket within easy reach. Swanscombe also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London and is within easy reach of the Ebbsfleet International Station. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as Ebbsfleet International station, airports, the coast and Channel Tunnel.

Sutton at Hone is the next parish south-eastward from Wilmington. The area was called in Latin, Suthtuna, from its situation south of the town of Dartford, and had the addition of At-Hone, from its lying low in the valley. The village is surrounded by green fields and country walks. There is a post office, several local pubs and a parish church. The shopping centres of Bluewater and Dartford offer many facilities including Prospect Place Retail Park, the Orchard Theatre, the library and museum. The local area has many schools catering from reception to year 13 including four grammar schools at secondary level. Farningham and Dartford also have mainline railway stations with regular services to London. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as Ebbsfleet International station, airports, the coast and Channel Tunnel.

Wilmington is considered to be one of the most affluent areas of Dartford. Its centre has one shop and four pubs: The Orange Tree, The Plough, The Foresters and The Horse and Groom at Leyton Cross. Its most prominent landmark is the St Michael and All Angels Church, which is the site for the annual Wilmington Model Railway Exhibition. Part of the Joydens Wood estate lies within parish boundaries. Dartford and Swanley railway stations are close by offering services to London. The shopping centres of Bluewater and Dartford offer many facilities including Prospect Place Retail Park, the Orchard Theatre, the library and museum. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as Ebbsfleet International station, airports, the coast and Channel Tunnel.

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