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GALLERY: Take a walk through time as street art reveals Gravesend’s rich history

PUBLISHED: 11:03 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:03 21 March 2017

Hoarding on Rathmore Road showing off Gravesend's history

Hoarding on Rathmore Road showing off Gravesend's history

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The piece was revealed on Rathmore road

Building works have been given a makeover to reveal the rich history of Gravesend through the ages.

While work goes on to improve Rathmore Road traffic by creating a new two-way link road, students seized on the opportunity to use the building site as an art exhibit.

Thamesview, St George’s and Northfleet Technology College students all joined forces for the street art project, together with professional artists from the 1717 Alliance.

Now a mural lines the site’s hoardings, depicting 500 years of the Thameside town’s river history.

It includes the arrival of Pocahontas in 1617, the time the Thames froze in 1789 and the opening of the Town Pier in 1834.

Cllr Jordan Meade said: “This has been an absolutely fantastic project, working with local businesses, schools and community organisations to celebrate the rich riverside heritage of our borough.

“It is innovative in that using street art we have managed to bring a new exciting look to our local history and I hope that lots of people will enjoy the hard work that these talented young people and artists have put in.

“It is good to be able to work with Jacksons to make the hoarding surrounding the buildings bright and attractive as well as informative.”

The road works, funded jointly by Kent County Council and Gravesham Borough Council, are expected to finish in the autumn.

KCC cabinet member for environment and transport, Matthew Balfour said: “It’s great to see the work done by students from Thamesview, St Georges and Northfleet Technology College.

“Working with the professional artists from 1717 Alliance, the hoardings look considerably more attractive.

“As well as highlighting the borough’s historic past, this has given the young artists a huge audience for their work of which I’m sure residents will enjoy viewing.

“Once these works are completed later this year, residents will see improvements to pavements and the station forecourt, improving the look of the entire area. It will also help pedestrians get around the town quicker and easier.”

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