Saturday, 23 February 2013
Gravesend is a town in northwest Kent, England, on the south bank of the Thames, opposite Tilbury in Essex.
Lowry refers to the town in Chapter 6 of his novel Under The Volcano; "They lay at Gravesend waiting for the tide. Around them in the misty dawn sheep were already bleating softly. The Thames, in the half-light, seemed not unlike the Yangtze-Kiang." (Pg. 172). Hugh's memory is probably based on Lowry's own experiences of returning to London after his Far East Voyage in 1927.