Gravesend is situated in northwest Kent, England, on the south bank of the River Thames, across from Tilbury in Essex. It's approximately 21 miles (35 kilometers) east-southeast of central London. 
It is an historic town with a rich history dating back to ancient times, with evidence of Stone Age implements and Roman remains in the area. 
Gravesends name may have derived from "graaf-ham" (meaning the home of the lord's bailiff) or "grafs-ham" (signifying a place "at the end of the grove"). It was also known as "Gerevesend," indicating the end of the authority of the Portreeve. 
Gravesend boasts one of the oldest markets in the country, with its charter dating back to 1268, which is trying to be revived in the modern era 
Gravesend town's oldest surviving building is Milton Chantry, which dates from the early 14th century. It was originally a leper hospital and later became a chapel. 
Gravesend's location along the River Thames has given it historic importance in maritime and trade activities. In 1401, a Royal Charter allowed boat travel between London and Gravesend, known as the "Long Ferry." 
Gravesend serves as a Thames Gateway commuter town and maintains strong links with the River Thames. The Port of London Authority Pilot Station is based here. 
Gravesend has benefited from improved transportation, including High Speed 1 rail services via Gravesend railway station. The station was refurbished and now includes a new bridge. 
Gravesend is the administrative center of the Borough of Gravesham and falls within the diocese of Rochester. 
Gravesend continues to see redevelopment and rejuvenation efforts in recent years, making it a vibrant part of South East England to live and rent.  
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