Gravesend and Northfleet are in the borough of Gravesham ,Northwest Kent , England . Gravesend is located opposite Tilbury on the South bank of the River Thames and approximately 21 miles East-southeast of Charing Cross, London. The borough's estimated population in 2012 was 101,700 and the postcode sectors are DA12 and DA11. The town is a Thames Gateway Commuter town and has seen a rejuvenation since the introduction of the HIGH SPEED 1 rail service via Gravesend and Ebbsfleet International Stations.
Gravesend has always had strong links with The River Thames not least through the Port of London Authority Pilot Station situated on the banks of the River.
Recorded as Gravesham far back in 1086 as an entry in the Domesday Book , Milton Chantry is said to be the Towns oldest surviving building and dates from early 14th century and has one of the oldest surviving markets in the country.
The main roads through the town are the west-east on the A226 from Dartford and beyond to Strood and Rochester; and the A227 to Tonbridge. The A2 passes two miles (3 km) south of Gravesend town centre, which links with the M2 and the M25.
Gravesend also has two rugby teams, Gravesend RFC and Old Gravesendians, both situated next to each other. In the 2009/10 season Gravesend RFC secured a league and cup double by winning the London 1 south title in emphatic style and the Kent Cup for just the second time. The 2010/11 season saw the club make their debut in National League 3 London and South East finishing a respectable 6th. This is the highest level attained, in their 130-year history, and only four leagues below The Aviva Premiership.
They were also successful in retaining the Kent Cup, beating Tonbridge Juddians in a close fought final. Unfortunately, in the 2012/13 season, Gravesend were relegated from the National Leagues, but completed yet another league and cup double in 2013/14 beating Blackheath in the county final and promotion back to National League 3. The team also saw players in the victorious Kent team who won the County Plate at Twickenham.
The Kuflink Stadium in Northfleet is home to Ebbsfleet United Football Club, which changed its name from Gravesend and Northfleet F.C. in June 2007. Ebbsfleet currently plays in the Conference South, and the club won the FA Trophy May 2008. An agreement was reached for the MyFootballClub online community to purchase a 75% stake in the club in November 2007, and its takeover was completed early in 2008.