Working with Dartford Museum and Dartford Historical and Antiquarian Society, an exciting community archaeology project is currently underway to research, record, restore and interpret the remaining mill features of the nationally important Dartford Powder Mills, a site whose industrial history can be traced back to the 16th century.

Although Dartford was one of the largest centres for gunpowder production in the 18th century, there is little of the ruins today to inform passers-by of the history and significance of the site, and as a consequence, this piece of Dartford’s heritage is at risk of being forgotten or falling into further states of neglect.

Following a Heritage Site Survey, a team of Gunpowder Volunteers will be formed who will undertake research of the site, followed by clearance work and heritage conservation in order for the site to be restored and interpreted in an engaging way, making it an area which future walkers and cyclists will be able to explore on their way along the Darent Valley Path.

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Mills

Some 38 mills are considered to have operated along the Darent and its tributaries and included paper mills, corn...

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