In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Dartford like this:
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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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dartford in Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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