Greenwich power station late around 1900
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As soon as we are born a new history emerges and as we get older we begin to understand about time and events, Greenwich Tours specialise in the history of Greenwich, an area of Britain that is the foundation of our modern heritage. A Greenwich tour guide is a trained 'storey teller' who has a natural feeling for Greenwich's past and who will potray that to you in their commentaries as they walk you over the foot steps of kings, queens (the 'evil ones' and the 'good ones') all that have shaped and moulded us as we are today. I hope that at the end of a tour you will have had the experience of falling into the past as your mind wanders through the historical realities of the time as explained to you. Experience history at first hand through your guide. May I take this opportunity to invite you to take a tour with us..
Greenwich power station late around 1900
At the western end of Ballast Quay, occupying Anchor Iron Wharf and a further site was the scrap metal business of C. A. Robinson & Co. Founded in 1835 in Greenwich the company leased Anchor Iron Wharf from Morden College in 1905 and carried on its business on the wharf until it's lease expired in 1985. Just around the corner from Robinson's sat a little pub called the Jolly Sailor where my future wife and I would often go during our courting days for a pint (a more friendly little and less expensive pub than the more well known 'Cutty Sark'). Until 1980 Ballast quay was a two way street that is why I have shown you the lorry trying to navigate past a car. i was sorry to see the Sailor go and have no pictures to show you of the pub, however I think the change in environment since the Scrap yard has gone is remarkable and has given hope to the community along with a much better out look. 'Having said that,' we should never ever forget that Robinson's bought work and industry to Greenwich when it was much needed.
Crooms Hill around 1937
A view of Greenwich Hospital around the late 1800's, the ship in the foreground is probably 'the hospital ship 'Dreadnought'. On second thoughts, the old print of the Dreadnought I have posted alongside the hospital looks nothing like the ship in the first picture so, seems to disprove my idea about the ship being the hospital ship.
Admiral Hardy's resting place adjacent to the National Maritime museum.
Royal Maritime museum of Greenwich is Closed until further notice, I under stand they are looking to re-open in May but the opening will obviously be determined on what happens with the Corona-virus
Royal Museums Greenwich
Enjoy an evening of beautiful music and orchestral favourites as the BBC singers return to Cutty Sark.
North Greenwich Station in 1910, then the terminus of the Millwall Extension Railway branch of the London and Blackwall Railway. The site now occupied by the Cafe' Rouge. Greenwich Station and Greenwich D.L.R station being in close proximity to the old disused station.
The first picture was taken in 1884 and shows a child selling matches in Greenwich, I think we forget sometimes our own sordid past, I can't say the other pictures are children from Greenwich but certainly from London
This is a painting of William and Mary being offered the Crown
on 13 February in 1689 (1688 Old Styling*) as 'Joint king and queen', I believe this is the only time in our history where the succession has been held jointly by right..They were crowned together at Westminster Abbey on 11 April 1689. This picture is called the 'Bill of rights' and shows 'William and Mary; accepting the Declaration of Right (basically Scotland accepting its place in the Union), The painting is now exhibited in the Parliamentary Art Collection.
Mary's connection to Greenwich is of course the 'Seaman's retirement Home' or Old Royal Navy College' as it is called nowadays. The 'painted hall' of the college also exhibits a magnificent ceiling painting by .'James Thornhill' of 'William and Mary'.
I thought you might be interested in something that people of my generation would have been taught at school . Until 1st Jan 1752 the calendar year began on March 25th. With the adoption of the calendar change, modern historians have revised all the "Old Style" dates into New Style. For example, 13 February back at this time would have been in 1688 but everything after 25 March would have been in 1689. However, we are adopting the New Style here, where everything after 1 January is now "1689", in order to make the timeline as clear as possible to the reader.: (The last paragraph of this post was pasted from 'A force for good)
Armada portraits of Elizabeth I united behind old naval college
Differences between the three versions can be appreciated as they hang together for first time
My wife and I were walking through East Greenwich along Trafalgar road and decided we would stop and eat. but where! While trying to decide this we passed a little cafe (well it had always been a mucky typical working man's cafe in the past). I looked through the window as we passed and said to my wife ''whooa! this place has changed, new tables open planed kitchen not overly posh but clean and tidy. So we decided to give it a try, to my surprise we were met by the chef who explained that this was a Cafe in the morning and a Bolivian restaurant after 4.0 P.M. So we went in. this cafe does not sell alcohol but you are allowed to take your own, so off I went to by a couple of bottles of wine and we ate at the restaurant, I have to say the meal was very much enjoyed and relatively cheap (taking your own wine made it a lot cheaper). Worth a try. The Trafalgar Bolivian restaurant.
The picture is not about Greenwich especially but a reminder as to what real poverty is and where children as young as six were expected to earn their own living, this child would have been expected to climb into the chimney to clear blockages.. This picture is early Victorian in the days of the industrial revolution where the workhouse was sometimes the only way out for the unfortunates.. Remember we had a workhouse in East Greenwich on the site where the Library and leisure centre complex of buildings now stand.
The first picture shows the crypt/ burial chamber of (kiss me Hardy) Admiral Hardy, Nelsons second in command at Trafalgar and later Captain in charge of the seaman's Hospital across the road where the Old Navy College stands. The Second Memorial (unusual for an ordinary seaman) is that of Thomas Allen, who was not a sailor but said to be one of Nelsons close companions,apparently he spoke his mind to Nelson as no other could and at times got into a lot of trouble Allen ended his days in Greenwich hospital as a result of also being friends with Hardy. Both graves can be found in the grounds of Devinshire house. If you have any further information on Allen please contribute to this page. is of
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King William Walk: before excavating the railway line .(see previous post) below.
Do you remember a Photo I posted of some buildings being demolished in King William Walk to make way for the railway line from Maze Hill to Greenwich. Well this is the reason they were demolished.
Martin Adams: When did Greenwich start to be spelt Greenwich? Good question Martin thanks for asking TGG.
https://youtu.be/Ij2MWPpD10o A Very very Happy Christmas and New Year to every one but especially to all followers of 'Tour Guides for Greenwich'
We work and live in (and love) Greenwich (and Blackheath!) so we thought we would grab a camera to capture a few images of the day that it celebrated becomin...
Name: Marty Wilde
Full name: Reginald Leonard Smith
Born: April, 15 1939 in Greenwich
Citizenship: United Kingdom
He was actually married in Christ church Trafalgar Road and was in the I950's & 60's one of the Top Pop stars of the day. According to Charles Medhurst' a 94 year old veteran of Greenwich) in his book 'What a Life', Marty married one of the Vernon girls on the 29th December 1959' (a girl backing group of the day- Joyce) and there were many other pop stars present including 'Joe Brown does any one know , where he lived and what Road?. @'https://youtu.be/pU5ddsxUa88?t=43
This is a different version to the ones already posted...................
Greenwich high road----This theatre had many names: The Carlton theatre ,Morton's theatre and the Prince of Wales theatre to name a few.
A video for the American and other nationality friends on Face book who may wonder what it is like to walk through Greenwich park. Especially for John , Monica Natalie and Rob. https://youtu.be/MSYZup1d_TQ?t=4
Starting in Greenwich this video takes you through the centre of Greenwich Park in London through the bottom field, up the track to the Observatory to see th...
The picture on the left below shows 'Gloucester circus' In Greenwich before the war, unfortunately a V1 bomb landed more or less on the County Court building in 'Burney Street' in 1944, which resulted in the destruction of the north side terrace. The second picture shows that destruction
The Greenwich National Maritime museum has erected an 'Ice ring' in front of the Queens House which opens to the public today 29/11/19. A great start to the Christmas festivities
South Street Greenwich:
Friday 22nd November at Christ Church Forum Trafalgar Road Book signing and introduction into the life of my good friend Charles Roper Medhurst.
Charles has just published a book about his interesting Life. Charles is 94 years of age and was taking part in the Marathon well into his eighties he is a lovely man who you will not be able to stop yourself warming to, so, if you have time drop in and say hello.
The Queen overseeing the restoration of the Cutty Sark
There is an interesting storey about this picture house which appears to be called the Trafalgar (one of two cinemas I know about in East Greenwich), it was actually a listed building. When it was demolished a few years ago the builders were instructed to not demolish the outer walls so part of the new building is now is actually built on the old foundations. I am sure there were other names by which this cinema went by. Any one remember those names or remember seeing a movie there..
'Borough Hal'l around 1936/7. Demolished to make way for Meridian House (Meridian house built in 1937,
Who has not been to the Trafalgar, Lord Nelsons statue was not always there you know. Gas Lamp; kid with dad or Granddad; balcony above entrance' tired look and men dressed in period garb, my guess 1930 to 40 can any one give a better guesstimate?,
A coal merchant and staff waiting for the 'Suger Loaf' pub to open in 'Billingsgate Street.
This road ran from Greenwich Churchyard to Billingsgate Dock on the riverside. It was cleared before 1950 and is now under Cutty Sark Gardens. At the side of the pub can be seen an alley which leads to Brew House Lane
The 'Ship Hotel' stood more or less where the 'Cutty Sark' is now. The left hand picture was taken about 1908 viewing from the West side of the building, at the time it was being spruced up for reopening see the painters giving it a lick of paint. You can see an archway in the centre of the building. This was an entrance to 'Fish Alley'. If you have ever read the Novel 'Poor Jack' by 'Captain Marryat', this alley is the same. The Right hand picture is taken from the East side of the building and again shows the arch, this picture was taken a few years before it was bombed in the second world war.
This is a picture of workmen demolishing houses in 'King William Walk' around 1875 to clear the way for the railway Line from Greenwich to Maze hill.
Edit. I believe this wold have been preparation for the tunnel beneath for as far as I know there is no surface line in King William Walk
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