Swanscombe and Greenhithe

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Swanscombe and Greenhithe is a civil parish in the Borough of Dartford in Kent, England. The two villages which give the parish its name are both located on the south bank of the River Thames, approximately midway between Dartford town and Gravesend. At the 2011 Census the population of the civil parish was 14,128.[1]

Swanscombe village is an ancient one. The area today is undergoing a good deal of regeneration, from industry (cement works at one time dominated it) to housing and lighter industrial use. Dartford Borough Council has therefore dedicated a Neighbourhood Renewal Officer to oversee its development. Greenhithe railway station also serves the Bluewater shopping centre.

In 1981 Swanscombe Parish Council was upgraded to Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council, thus electing its own mayor for the first time.[2] The parish had previously been part of Axstane Hundred, Dartford Rural District and a separate Urban District[3]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ See http://swanscombe.com/newsevents/history.asp retrieved Jan 2016, article by Christoph Bull the former Reference and Information Librarian at Dartford Central Library
  3. ^ See www.visionofbritain.org.uk Swanscombe UD article, retrieved Jan. 2016

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Coordinates: 51°27′00″N 0°18′32″E / 51.4500°N 0.3090°E / 51.4500; 0.3090