Cobham in Kent and Pocahontas’ grave

Cobham is a little town a few miles from Gravesend, of which it is a small part. The latter does not have much to offer save that the Thames here is over two kilometres wide and Pocahontas’ burial can be found in the graveyard of St George’s Church.

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Continue on to Cobham to visit the imposing Cobham Hall, which dates back to Tudor times and was the humble home of the eponymous family. It is now a private girls’ school, but you can visit on certain days of the year, as listed on the website. St Mary’s church, which dates back to 1200 and is a must-see in Cobham, is a must-see. There are also old hospices for the destitute going back to the Middle Ages behind the church. They were mostly funded by the Cobham family, who obviously dominated the area’s civic and political life.

The famous pub The Leather Bottle

Another place to visit in Cobham is The Leather Bottle pub which can be found in Charles Dickens’ book The Pickwick Papers. It now offers a traditional Kentish menu such as teriyaki sauce and balsamic vinegar of Modena. No, seriously, it has several local dishes and ingredients.

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You can also visit Owletts a rural house from the 1600s that belonged to a farmer. You do not pay admission if you are a member of the National Trust. You can then simply explore the village, photograph the typical cottages and houses and take a stroll in the beautiful Kent countryside and stop in one of the many old country pubs. How to get to Cobham? From London you can take the train to Dover from Victoria Station which stops at all intermediate stations.

Get off at Sole Street and take bus 416 to Gravesend and get off at Cobham, you can also walk it is only 5 minutes by bus. You can get there from London in about an hour and therefore it is a day trip from the capital.

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