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Situated on the South bank of the River Thames, the Kent town of Gravesend is a bustling commercial centre with several large shopping centres and two excellent indoor markets.

The town plays host to the headquarters of the Port of London Authority and many locals are employed as part of boat crews, especially tugboats. The geographical location in the Thames Gateway of Gravesend means that its radar stations play a key role in assisting the navigation of shipping entering the Thames estuary.

The town boasts the oldest cast iron pier in the world which has been recently refurbished to include a shopping arcade and a popular bar and restaurant that commands excellent views across the estuary.

Another notable landmark in the town is its clock tower that was based on the design of St Stephens tower in Westminster, best known for housing Big Ben.

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