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Dartford, Kent

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Dartford, Kent

Dartford is the principal town in the borough of Dartford. It is situated in the northwest corner of Kent, England, 16 miles 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.
Administrative CountyKent
Traditional CountyKent
OS GridTQ5273
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth East
Police AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Ambulance AuthoritySouth East Coast
Dialling code01322
Population85,911 (2001)

Other names by which Dartford, Kent has been known in the past

Darentford ~ Dartfford ~ Dortford ~ Tarentford ~ Tarentefort

Dartford, Kent in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Dartford, market town and par. with ry. sta., W. Kent, on river Darent, 17 miles E. of London by rail, 4251 ac. and 183 ac. tidal water and foreshore, pop. 10,163; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday; has corn and oil mills, an extensive gunpowder manufactory, calico and silk printing works, and a large iron foundry. There are still some remains of an Augustinian nunnery founded in 1355. Wat Tyler's insurrection commenced at D. in 1377. D. was the first place in Britain where a paper-mill was erected; ¾ m. from the town are the Dartford Creek Paper Mills.

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