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Southfleet is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population918 2011 Census
OS grid referenceTQ615715
Civil parish
  • Southfleet
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGravesend
Postcode districtDA13
Dialling code01474
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°24′58″N 0°19′15″E / 51.4160°N 0.3207°E / 51.4160; 0.3207Coordinates: 51°24′58″N 0°19′15″E / 51.4160°N 0.3207°E / 51.4160; 0.3207

Southfleet is a small village and civil parish in the borough of Dartford in Kent, England. The village is located three miles southwest of Gravesend, while the parish includes within its boundaries the hamlets of Betsham and Westwood.

Southfleet takes its name from the River Fleet, a minor tributary of the River Thames. The water that supplied the river came from a place called Springhead, where there were watercress and oyster beds; the river then flowed through Southfleet, Ebbsfleet and Northfleet.

Notable buildings[edit]

The Ship Inn in the centre of Southfleet

The village is grouped around a crossroads and many of its buildings, including the Ship Inn, are extremely old. The parish church of St Nicholas has 14th-century origins, although pre-Roman Christian remains have been found in the area. The church has memorials of the Sedley, Swan, and Peyton families. [1]

Church of St Nicholas


Southfleet fell within the Hundred of Axstane.[2] The Local Government Act 1972 made the parish part of the borough of Dartford of Kent in 1974. The settlement of New Barn in the south of the parish was transferred to Longfield and New Barn parish in 1987.[3]


Southfleet had a railway station on the Gravesend West Line, which operated from 1886 to 1953. The section of the trackbed south of the A2 road of that closed line was used by Eurostar services to London Waterloo.

Currently, the closest railway station to Southfleet is Longfield on the Chatham Main Line, located approximately 2.3 miles from the village. The station provides rail services to London, The Medway Towns, Dover and Ramsgate.[4]

The village is currently served by the Go-Coach routes 474/475 buses as well as the Arriva Kent Thameside route 489. These services provide connections to Gravesend, Bluewater, Longfield and New Ash Green.[5][6]


  1. ^ Bristow, W. "Parishes: Southfleet Pages 421-440 The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1797". British History Online. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  2. ^ "N.W.Kent Parishes: Southfleet". Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  3. ^ "The Kent (District Boundaries) Order 1987". Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Longfield Railway Station". Southeastern, September 2020.
  5. ^ "Route 475: Bluewater to Longfield". Go Coach, June 2020.
  6. ^ "Route 489: Gravesend to New Ash Green". Arriva Southern Counties, September 2020.

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