About Gravesend


One of Gravesend's most famous landmarks is St George's Church which stands at the bottom of the town's High Street. This charming parish church was built in the eighteenth century in Georgian style and is perhaps best known for being the site of the grave of Pocahontas, the American Indian woman who married an English settler in the early seventeenth century and returned to England with him to become a national celebrity. An exact replica of the statue of Pocahontas that stands in Jamestown, Virginia was erected outside St George's in the 1950s and is a tourist attraction in its own right.

Among Gravesend's many traditional alehouses, one of the most historic is The Three Daws - the oldest public house in Kent. This Grade II listed building has a long and chequered history, boasting many secret staircases and tunnels that were used by smugglers and disgraced sailors to avoid capture by the authorities, as well as having links to medieval pilgrims travelling to nearby Canterbury.

Just outside the town is Windmill Hill, once home as the name suggests to a number of windmills, but today simply a fantastic vantage point from which to see views across the Thames estuary towards the Essex coastline. Used for several centuries as the site of a warning beacon to signal invading ships, this tradition was rekindled atop the hill twenty years ago on the three hundredth anniversary of the first beacon in the shape of an impressive modern replacement.