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Gravesend

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Lat. 51&deg 27' N — Long. 01&deg 24' E, United Kingdom, England
In the mid-eighteenth century, Gravesend was a river port and market town on the southern bank of the river Thames, about fifty kilometers downstream from the city of London.

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Like many settlements along the Thames, local industries included boat building and iron founding, and fishing the river.

Fruit and vegetables were grown in the surrounding area for the London market.

On the other side of the river stood the Tilbury Fort, built in the reign of Charles II. Together with earthworks to the east of Gravesend, the fort was designed to protect the region from sea-borne invaders.

 

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Prepared by: Turnbull, P
Created: 4 October 2001
Modified: 10 December 2003

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000016

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