Dartford is a town in the county of Kent. Dartford resides in the area known as the 'London Basin'. It is situated around 16 miles from central London, making it an easy commute into the capital. The town of Dartford has a population of just under 86,000 people.
Early industry within the town of Dartford was centred around agriculture and brewing. The first paper mill in England was also set up in Dartford by Sir John Spilman in 1588. Industry in the town began to develop after the First World War and Dartford became important within the pharmaceutical industry, and still is today.
Dartford has its own power station which has been a source of jobs within the town since 1939. Dartford also provides jobs within the motoring industry, and car manufacturer Mazda has its UK head office within the town.
Dartford Heath is an area of outstanding natural beauty within the UK. It was the home of the first recorded cricket match in 1723. Dartford Heath has three ponds and covers an area of land consisting of around 314 acres.
Dartford was the birthplace of Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Mick Jagger Centre, built in 2000 is a community arts centre in Dartford and the town is also home to the Orchard Theatre. Another area of cultural interest, Dartford museum, can be found in Market Street next to the town's library.