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Tercentenary of Gravesend - 1932
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Wednesday, June 8, 1932

Gravesend celebrated today the tercentenery of the mayoralty of the borough. The town was gaily decorated and the Corporation was joined by the Mayors of Rochester, Chatham, and Gillingham in a commemorative ceremony during which the history of the borough for 300 years was epitomized. Descriptions were given of Gravesend as a fishing village, a watering place, and a modern industrial centre, and reference was made to its importance in the past as a place of defence at the mouth of the Thames. An outstanding event of the celebration was the opening by Lord Darnley of the Fort Gardens, a historic spot, at one time included in the defences of the Thames, which has now been acquired by the Corporation as a public promenade and recreation ground.

The Charter of Incorporation, the tercentenary of which has been celebrated, was granted by Charles I, in 1632. As a tribute to the efficient government of the borough, townspeople today presented to the Corporation a silver centre piece, in the form of a tilt boat. The gift was received by the Mayor (Mr. Edgar Aldridge) at a luncheon in the Town Hall. The presentation was made on behalf of the subscribers by Mr. J. Russell, who said in the charter granted to the town 300 years ago special privileges were given for carrying people from Gravesend to London, and the tilt boat was at that time the acme of luxury on the river. The fare to London was 2d.

After the Luncheon the Mayor and members of the Corporation, visiting Mayors, and other guests walked in procession to the Fort Gardens, where there was a large assembly of townspeople. Lord Darnley said that for centuries Gravesend had guarded the mouth of the Thames, and it had provided a noble band of pilots, without whom merchandise and passenger traffic could not have travelled to London. The gardens having been declared open, prayers of dedication were offered by the Bishop of Rochester. Earlier in the day the children of the town received medals commemorating the tercentenary celebration.

From The Times.

 

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