Shops, shops and even more shops
Additions and enlargements are the order of the day, and they are not confined to the central streets of the town, as shops are rapidly springing up on the West and East Hills, and in the recently built streets of New Town. There is, therefore, every indication of great commercial extension in Dartford, and on this account it is eminently desirable that the best possible facilities should be afforded to the inhabitants of smaller towns around to find cheap access thereto. Dartford, with its rapidly augmenting handsome shops, presents great attractions, and they should be made easily available to the districts and its environs.
FROM A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE IN 1903