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Swanscombe is a village in the District of Dartford in Kent, England. It is located east of Dartford and also north-west of Gravesend, in the civil parish of Swanscombe and Greenhithe. At the 2001 UK census, the Swanscombe electoral ward had a population of 6,418. Swanscombe was very important in the early history of concrete. The first concrete manufacturing works near Swanscombe were opened at Northfleet by James Parker, around 1792, making "Roman cement" from cement stone brought from the Isle of Sheppey. James Frost opened a works at Swanscombe in 1825, using chalk from Galley Hill, having actually patented a new cement called British Cement. The Swanscombe plant was subsequently obtained by John Bazley White & Co, which ended up being the largest part of Blue Circle Industries when it created in 1900. It ultimately shut down in 1990. In between 1840 and also 1930 it was the biggest concrete plant in Britain. By 1882 a number of concrete suppliers were running throughout the north Kent region, however the resulting dust contamination drove individuals of Swanscombe to take lawsuit against the neighborhood concrete works. Despite various technological advancements, the problem persisted into the 1950s, with telegraph lines over an inch thick in white dust. Modern cement kilns in Kent using chimneys 170 m (550 feet) in height are now stated to be the cleanest in the world. Nevertheless, the adjoining Medway towns are reported to be the most contaminated lived in area in the UK, as well as the concrete sector contributes to acid rain in Scandinavia.