These ruined mills situated on the River Darent along the Darent Valley Path (a public footpath from Dartford to Sevenoaks) were once used by Sir Martin Frobisher in the late 16th century to process hundreds of tons of rock brought back by him from Labrador, Canada.
He believed that the rock contained gold, but it turned out to be almost completely worthless. Much of Frobisher's Gold was used to construct the wall to Dartford Priory, parts of which can still be seen today near the station.
Also on the site can be seen segments of the original stone mill wheels carved from the Millstone Grit of the Peak District of the North Midlands.
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