Properties for sale in Dartford
Dartford Area Guide
The town of Dartford is located in the Northwest corner of Kent on the bank of the river Thames. It is one of the government’s key growth zones, and more than 20,000 new homes will be built, as well as up to 50,000 new jobs created, throughout the town and surrounding borough over the next 25 years.
Dartford was originally a Roman settlement, and then became an agricultural market town, which subsequently grew into an industrial hub due to its proximity to London. The first commercially successful paper-mill was established in Dartford in 1588, and a monopoly given to its owner, John Spilman. Much of the town’s prosperity can be attributed to the local paper industry, and even today, Dartford and paper-making are synonymous.
The town’s most bizarre claim to fame lies in the fact that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met by chance at Dartford Railway Station in1960, leading to the formation of The Rolling Stones.
The population of the borough of Dartford is 93,600, but this is set to grow considerably in the near future. The residents are predominantly white European, although there are also large Indian and Black African communities in the town.
The average salary in Dartford is £22,400, and the town has a large commuter population, again due to its vicinity to London.
The majority of housing in Dartford is either terraced, end terraced, or semi detached, and the largest proportion of property is owned with a mortgage or other loan.
There are five academies and two state maintained secondary schools in Dartford, as well as one special educational school. The area also has a good selection of primary schools.
Dartford Grammar School for boys on West Hill was rated ‘outstanding’ in a recent Ofsted inspection as well as the coeducational Leigh Technology Academy.
The nearest coeducational independent secondary school is Farringtons School in Chislehurst, which recently saw 67% of its pupils achieve 5 A* to C grades at GCSE, and has 652 pupils on its register.
Dartford is within the M25, which can be accessed by junctions 1a, 1b and 2. The A2 also runs laterally just south of the city.
It is 45 minutes by car from Gatwick Airport, which lies to the southeast, and approximately 50 minutes from Stansted Airport, which lies to the north.
The town has one railway station, Dartford, which is a busy junction that serves three routes, the North Kent Line, the Bexley Heath Line and the Dartford Loop.
Dartford is probably most well known for the Dartford Crossing, which is situated to the northeast of the town, and is the main mode of crossing the Thames to the east of London.
Amenities and Shopping
The Bluewater retail and leisure development in Dartford opened in 1999 and is Europe’s largest. It appeals to a wide variety of customers and combines three distinct shopping malls with different target demographics. The Guildhall offers premium fashion brands as well as lifestyle stores and gourmet restaurants, while the Rose Gallery is more family focussed with most major high street retailers. The Thames walk offers high street fashion, cafés and entertainment.
The town is also home to The Manor Gate House, a building of historical interest which belonged to King Henry VIII, and was one of the most politically important sites in Tudor England.
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