As the birthplace of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it's not surprising that Dartford's Silk River journey starts with a walk from the foreshore of the Thames, along the long path used by river-borne patients, arriving at the old Isolation Hospital into a thriving new community, featuring street names such as 'Ruby Tuesday Drive' and 'Satisfaction Street', in honour of our famous rock royalty.

From the shadow of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, the walk celebrates Dartford's rich industrial and manufacturing history including Sir Henry Wellcome's former pharmaceutical works where the modern 'Tablet' form of medication was introduced to the world. Onward via marsh paths and the River Darent, walkers arrive at the splendour of Central Park - recently restored in grand Edwardian style. We gather at the Outdoor Theatre, fresh from hosting amazing performances of Hamlet and The Mikado for the people of Dartford.

On the way, we've celebrated a great riverside town's extraordinary history with more than a nod to the modern NHS, the greatest rock band in the world and an unrivalled contribution to global industry and manufacturing. This is Dartford.


Thank you to the following people & organisations who helped create this scroll:

Dartford Borough Council
Lewis Kirnon and Team working with:
  • Dartford Town Centre Partnership
  • Cohesion Plus
  • Same Sky
  • The What if Gallery
  • The Dartford Arts Network
Dartford Schools:
  • Temple Hill Primary Academy
  • Dartford Bridge Community
  • Primary School
  • Our Lady's Catholic Primary School
  • Dartford Primary Academy
  • St. Anselm's Catholic
  • Primary School
  • Oakfield Primary School
  • West Hill Primary School
Dartford Artists:
  • Ruth Howard
  • Kate Withstanley
  • Tanya Outen
  • Kemi Adeyemi-Wilson
  • Nicola Vaughan
  • Anne Graves
  • Christine Collins
  • Yvonne Clarkson
With support from the Kinetika Team

Monday 15th May workshop and recce

Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council

Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council

Ruth Howard from the 'What if' Gallery, Dartford