Borough of Gravesham
Gravesham located within Kent
Gravesham located within Kent
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
Non-metropolitan countyKent
Admin HQGravesend
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan District Council
 • BodyGravesham Borough Council
 • LeadershipMember of Parliament (Conservative)
 • MPAdam Holloway
 • Total38.23 sq mi (99.02 km2)
 • Rank216th (of 309)
 • Total106,900
 • Rank226th (of 309)
 • Density2,800/sq mi (1,100/km2)
 • Ethnicity
87.8% White
8.5% S.Asian
1.4% Black
1.3% Mixed Race
1.0% Chinese or Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code29UG (ONS)
E07000109 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ647740
Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, Gravesend
Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, Gravesend
Kent coat of arms

Gravesham (/ˈɡrvʃəm/ GRAYV-shəm) is a local government district with borough status in north-west Kent, England. Its administrative centre[1] and largest town is Gravesend, which was known as Gravesham in ancient times.

Gravesham was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Municipal Borough of Gravesend with Northfleet Urban District and part of Strood Rural District, under the Local Government Act 1972. It borders the Borough of Dartford and Sevenoaks District to the west, the Borough of Tonbridge and Malling to the south, the Medway unitary authority to the east and the Thurrock unitary authority of Essex to the north, via the River Thames.

Gravesham is twinned with Cambrai in Hauts-de-France, France. The present borders of Gravesham parliamentary constituency are almost the same as those of the borough.


Robert Heath Hiscock LL.B., F.S.A., Chairman of the Gravesend Historical Society, in the foreword to his book, 'A History of Gravesend' (Phillimore, 1976) wrote:

"The name Gravesham appears only in the Domesday Book, 1086, and was probably the error of a Norman scribe. It was 'Gravesend' in the Domesday Monarchorum c.1100, and 'Gravesende' in the Textus Roffensis c. 1100. It is strange that this "clerical error" should now have been adopted as the name of the new Council".

Housing and architecture

Housing varies from mid rise to low rise, particularly in the villages. The district has 12 buildings listed in the highest category of the national grading system, Grade I, three of which are private residences:

Cobham Hall, also in the highest architectural category,[2] is a stately home which was formerly the seat of the Earls of Darnley: since 1965 it has been an independent girls' school. Cobham Park is Grade II*-listed which is listed separately in the gardens and parklands category of classification approved by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport;[3] and includes the remains of a Roman villa.[2][4]

The other Grade I-listed buildings in the borough comprise its ancient parish churches.

Gravesham is home to the largest Sikh Gurdwara in Europe, Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara.[5]


See also: Gravesham local elections

Gravesham Borough Council
Gravesham Borough Council.svg
John Burden,
since 16 May 2019
Seats44 councillors
First past the post
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU


There are eighteen wards represented on the borough council:


Main article: Gravesham Borough Council elections

Gravesham Borough Council is elected every four years, with currently 44 Councillors being elected at each election. From the first election in 1973 the council has alternated between Labour and Conservative control. Since 1995 Labour has controlled the council apart from 4 years between the 2007 and 2011 elections. As of the 2019 election the council is composed as follows:[6]

Party Councillors
Conservative Party 18
Labour Party 24
Independents 2

See also


  1. ^ Reserved, Gravesham Borough Council - All Rights (1 January 2016). "Home".
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Cobham Hall (1000182)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Gravesham Listed Building Guidance Notes". Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Romano-British villa and 19th century reservoir in Cobham Park (1012964)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.

Coordinates: 51°24′32″N 0°23′56″E / 51.409°N 0.399°E / 51.409; 0.399