Review of Swanscombe by Malcolm Munn on February 19th, 2006
Swanscombe is situated 21 miles East of London and 3 miles East of Dartford and is expanding very rapidly as it falls within the development area known as the Thames Gateway: the population is due to double within the next 20 years. Within the boundaries of Swanscombe & Greenhithe is situated the Bluewater Shopping Mall, one of the largest out-of-town shopping centres in Britain. To the West of the town on the boundary with Northfleet, is the Ebbsfleet International station which is part of the Channel Tunnel rail link due to be in service in 2008. One of Swanscombe's major claims to fame is the discovery of sections of a human skull known as Swanscombe Man - some of the oldest human remains found in Europe dating back some 250,000 years. Other sites of interest include the Parish Church which is included in the Domesday book and has parts of the building dating back to the mid 11th Century. It houses the remains of Sir Anthony Weldon, a famous parliamentarian general and of Sir Erasmus Wilson, a noted surgeon, philanthropist and the transporter of Cleopatra's Needle to London.