In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Northfleet like this:
Northfleet, par. and vil. with ry. sta., Kent, on river Thames - par. (mostly within the parl. limits of Gravesend), 3934 ac. and 392 tidal water and foreshore, pop. 8790; vil., 2 miles W. of Gravesend and 21½ miles SE. of London by rail; P.O., T.O., and P.O. at Upper North-fleet; has dock and shipbuilding yard; the picturesque gardens of Rosherville are between Northfleet and Gravesend; on India Arms Wharf is Northfleet Light-house, 53 ft. high, with fixed light 48 ft. above high water and seen 12 miles.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Northfleet has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Gravesham. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Northfleet and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Northfleet, in Gravesham and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 12th December 2013
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