Stone, Kent

Ordnance Survey
OS grid reference: TQ575745
District: Dartford
Shire county: Kent
Region: South East England
Country: England
Ceremonial county: Kent
Historic county: Kent
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Post office and telephone
Postal district: DA9
Dialling code: 01322
UK Parliament:
European Parliament: South East England

Stone, also known as Stone-next-Dartford is one of a string of villages lying along the Dartford to Gravesend road on the south bank of the River Thames in Kent, England.


Iron Age remains have been found here, proving it to be an ancient settlement site. The 13th century parish church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin at Stone, was known as the "Lantern of Kent" from its beacon light known to all sailors on the river.

Stone Castle

Located about a mile to the south of Greenhithe and just north of the Roman Watling Street, Stone Castle dates from the mid 11th century, and is thought to have been constructed without license during the reign of King Stephen, but which was later permitted to remain by King Henry II, with his accession to the throne.

The castle was built almost entirely of flint. The only surviving portion of the original medieval castle intact is its large rectangular tower, rising 40 feet in height. An adjoining Georgian house was built onto the tower by Sir Richard Wiltshire; in 1527 Cardinal Wolsey stayed at his house while passing through the district. In more recent times the property has belonged to the Church of England.

Stone today

Stone Castle is now the regional office of a large cement manufacturer. The cement works which once stood here have now been demolished.

Littlebrook Power Station, at Stone, is one of at least 14 power stations built at various times along the banks of the Thames.

Stone Crossing Halt is located on the Dartford-Gravesend railway line.

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