The historic town of Gravesend is located in Kent, in the South of England, and lies on the banks of the River Thames. Gravesend is situated almost exactly opposite Tilbury in Essex and featured in the Doomsday Book of 1086, when the area Gravesend developed and belonged to Bishop Odo of Bayeux.
Gravesend boasts many fine examples of its early occupation, with the earliest remaining buildings dating back to the late 13th century. Milton Chantry in the Fort Gardens was constructed on the site of an earlier hospital dating back to 1189. The New Tavern Fort building dates back to the 1780s, while the river front once boasted a fort built in 1543 during the reign of Henry VIII.
By 1268 the town already had an established and popular market, which is as lively and well-frequented today as it was in medieval times. As Gravesend lies on the London to Dover route, the town has always had plenty of inns and public houses, especially since stagecoaches used to stop here on their way to or from Faversham, Dover, Canterbury or Tonbridge and London as early as 1650, according to chronicler Samuel Pepys, who travelled along this route. There are two coaching inns in New Road alone in 1840, when as many as 17 coaches a day would change horses at Gravesend and collect or deliver passengers.
If you stopped off at Gravesend today en route to Canterbury or Faversham, you might visit the museum of the Gravesend Local History Society, which is based in Fort Gardens, occupying the former New Tavern Fort building. The museum charts Gravesend’s richly embroidered legends about highway men and brigands who made roads unsafe on the London to Dover road, where many travellers were robbed when they crossed notorious Blackheath.
Naturally, any modern traveller crossing Blackheath today on their way to Gravesend or a tourist staying in the historic town would make a criminal compensation claim in Gravesend, if they were mugged and injured by modern-day highway men.
Where can you make a compensation claim in Gravesend?
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is responsible for making compensation payments available to victims of violent crimes.
If you were injured in a violent crime, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993; you can speak to an advisor every day of the week, 24 hours a day.
Their advisors can allocate your injury claim in Gravesend to one of their no win no fee* legal partners, if you wish to go with a claim. You are under no obligation to proceed with a claim, when you call, but if you do wish to go ahead, you can do so knowing you won’t be asked to make any upfront payment for legal fees or be asked to hand over any money during your claims process.
Their friendly advisor will tell you if you qualify for making a compensation claim in Gravesend, when you call and will provide you with an estimate of how much compensation you can reasonably expect to receive.