The History of Greenwich in London

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Greenwich History

Historic Greenwich

Greenwich is seeped in history, with Maritime Greenwich being a historic town, home to the Old Royal Naval College, the Royal Park and the Cutty Sark, the last tea clipper. The Royal Observatory, which was built in 1675, is home to Greenwich Mean Time; it is possible to stand on the Prime Meridian line here. The Queen’s House designed by Palladian architect Inigo Jones is worthy of a visit, as is the old cobbled streets where the Greenwich market is now located.

History of Greenwich

History of Greenwich
Image Credit: Wikipedia (Greenwich Village 1900)

Greenwich has a long standing maritime history, a busy port for ships and boats, once a fishing village and also the birthplace of Henry VIII, Henry VI also had a palace here in the 16th C, which was later destroyed by Charles II.

Greenwich’s prime location next to the Thames meant it was perfect for industry, for exporting and importing goods from and to the City, trades included cable and rope making, production of soap and gas, among other things. 

Modern Day Greenwich

Greenwich has undergone many developments whilst retaining its history. Now home to the O2 arena, the once Millennium Dome was built in 2000 to celebrate the turn of the century and is host to many famous artists and performers.

The Emirates Airline cable car launched in 2012 in time for the Olympics and crosses between the Royal Docks and Greenwich Peninsula, it is the perfect way to view the skyline or enjoy the sunset.

The Greenwich peninsula housing development will see many new homes created in the area and is seen as vital to the city’s regeneration plans to house the ever rising population in London.