Dartford is an ideal commuter town, lying on the borders of Kent and Greater London but conveniently placed for London and the many beautiful attractions and countryside of North Kent.
Around 250,000 years ago, a tribe of prehistoric hunter-gatherers settled in the area. The settlement continued to grow and was given the name, Dartford, during the construction by the Romans of the London to Dover road. Dartford gained prowess as a market town and waypoint for Christians making their pilgrimages to Canterbury. In the 14th century, a priory was erected and the Dominican and the Franciscan friars built hospitals for the town’s sick.
Dartford’s importance continued to grow when in the 15th century, two kings of England made history there. Henry V marched through Dartford with his soldiers prior to the Battle of Agincourt and Richard, Duke of York, who camped at Brent purportedly with ten thousand men, waiting for a confrontation with King Henry VI, conceded defeat to the king at Dartford.
During the twentieth century, most of Dartford's major industries started to feel the impact of more modern working methods and the decline of brewing, paper-making, flour milling and cement-making all began, however, things have been on the up for the town over recent years and now the improvement of transport links and the many businesses that have based themselves in Dartford, have contributed to a more vibrant economy. The opening of Bluewater, the ‘ultimate shopping experience’, provided employment to the town and boosted its economy, with shoppers travelling from all over Kent.