Although in itself a fascinating visual record of urban Gravesham the principal aims of this area of the website are to identify what makes this area such a special place in which to live, work, relax and for investment. It is hoped to encourage residents, visitors and investors to look a little more closely than they may otherwise have done at the detail, materials and interplay of buildings and spaces that make up the historic townscape of Gravesend and Northfleet.
The physical survivals of our past should be valued for their own sake, as a central part of our cultural heritage and our sense of national identity. Their presence adds to the quality of our lives, by enhancing the familiar and cherished local scene and sustaining a sense of local distinctiveness.
It is especially important to look back at our past history, to celebrate and conserve the best features of what remains, and to build on those foundations.
As part of that process certain areas of Gravesham have been designated as conservation areas. Indeed, most of the historic cores of Gravesend and Northfleet have been protected in this way. Each of the thirteen conservation areas has its own inherent character as well as contributing to the overall sense of place of the urban area. This section of the website, which deals with each area in turn, hopefully captures that character and explains what has and can be achieved by way of conservation and enhancement.
Conservation area designation should, however, not be seen as an end in itself. The Borough Council will continue to promote the preservation and improvement of our historic areas and seek the highest standards of design and materials where new development is proposed. This has, and will continue to be, achieved through a combination of conservation policies within the development plans, and positive action through regeneration and enhancement initiatives, (often jointly funded by Kent County Council and outside agencies such as English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Partnerships).
Attention to detail is as important in this process as the broader townscape issues. The systematic loss of traditional elements (such as timber sliding sash windows) in a building's façade, for instance, can seriously erode the character of that building to the detriment of the whole area. This process is evident in most of the urban Conservation Areas and it is with this in mind that building owners are encouraged to retain and reinstate original features and take a more sympathetic approach to development generally.
The pictoral record contained within this section forms an attractive record of past historical glories and an insight into aspirations that the community holds dear today.
The thirteen urban conservation areas (not in any order of importance) are:
|1. Windmill Hill, Gravesend
2. Upper Windmill Street, Gravesend
3. Gravesend Riverside
4. Milton Place, Gravesend
5. Harmer Street, Gravesend
6. King Street, Gravesend
7. Queen Street, Gravesend
|8. High Street, Gravesend
9. Darnley Road, Gravesend
10. Pelham Road/The Avenue, Gravesend
12. Lansdowne Square, Northfleet
13. The Hill, Northfleet
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