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Discover Gravesham festival highlights treasured heritage

PUBLISHED: 11:06 24 May 2011

St Botolphs Church, Janice Cossons of the Northfleet History Group.

St Botolphs Church, Janice Cossons of the Northfleet History Group.

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» A month-long celebration of culture, art and history is drawing to a close.

Discover Gravesham 2011, running until May 31, has seen hundreds of visitors attend guided walks, tours and historical talks at some of the borough’s most treasured buildings.

On Thursday, St Botolph’s Church, in The Hill, Northfleet, welcomed visitors who took part in a self-guided tour with information sheets pointing out 12 key facts and features.

Janice Cossons, a Northfleet History Group member, said: “It gives people from outside the area who would not normally come here a chance to view this wonderful church.

“We also had many who were baptised or married here come back, or some who had glimpsed it from the bus. Many were surprised at its age and history.”

The church is open to the public all year round, from 9.30am to 2.30pm every Thursday.

This Sunday, tours of 18th century Cobham Hall are to take place. The festival ends next Tuesday with a tour of the Cold War Bunker at Woodlands Park.

Towncentric visitor manager Virginie Whittaker said: “This year the festival is bigger than ever.”

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