Speed dating urban dictionary
Robert Hiscock, in his A History of Gravesend (Phillimore, 1976) describes them thus: They were a place of surpassing beauty and a favourite resort of Londoners.
Adorned with small Greek temples and statuary set in the cliffs, there were terraces, and archery lawn, Bijou theatre, and Baronial Hall for refreshments, and at one time a lake.
That grandiose scheme did not materialise in quite that way, but the area of Northfleet still bears that name.
On Friday, 16 August 1941 150 German aircraft flew through the Kent skies, to deal the worst blow to civilian life the county had experienced to that point in the war.
Northfleet was merged, inter alia, with Gravesend to become Gravesham District Council on 1 April 1974.
640 people died from the collision, 240 being children.
An inquest was held at Woolwich, but no conclusive reason was ever established as to the cause of the disaster at the Devils Elbow on the Thames.
With its situation on a busy waterway such as the River Thames, at a point where higher land came close to the river, it was an obvious place for industry to be located.
The river provided water supplies and the means whereby raw materials and products could be transported.
By 1880 the gardens had reached the peak of their popularity ... During a brief revival 1903–1911, they were used in the making of early films.