Tour guides for Greenwich

Tour guides for Greenwich This page is for you to enjoy please feel free to comment 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.
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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..

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Miller General Hospital - Greenwich, London, SE10, yesterday and todayThe Miller General Hospital was a hospital in Gree...
07/11/2020

Miller General Hospital - Greenwich, London, SE10, yesterday and today
The Miller General Hospital was a hospital in Greenwich, London from 1884 until 1974. It was developed adjacent to an earlier dispensary, and was the first British hospital designed with circular wards, and one of the first to have an X-ray department.

Henry VIII's long-lost Tudor palace rediscovered underneath London Greenwich ParkA team led by researcher Simon Withers ...
01/11/2020

Henry VIII's long-lost Tudor palace rediscovered underneath London Greenwich Park

A team led by researcher Simon Withers has used cutting-edge scanning techniques and ground-penetrating radar to make an extraordinary archaeological discovery right in the heart of London

The spot, some 100 yards from where experts had previously thought it to be, marks a turning point in history.

While the popular image of Henry is of a rather overweight man whose main interests were eating and executing his wives, as a younger man he was fit, healthy and a remarkable sportsman.
Scans of the National Maritime Museum grounds found evidence of the tilt-yard much further east than than contemporary paintings suggest ( see pictures at end of post)Image)

But it’s thought to be a jousting accident in the Greenwich Palace tilt-yard in January 1536 that changed the 44-year-old monarch’s personality.

After the severe fall in full armour, Henry went from an outgoing, generous king to a brooding, angry man who was permanently troubled by the lingering injury.

Research team leader Simon Withers thinks he may well have identified the exact spot where it happened.

“When people ask me how I spent ''lock-down'', I say ‘well, we found a palace’,” Simon told Daily Star Online.

It was always known to be underfoot," Simon added, "but until our find, the tilt-yard towers had been believed to be elsewhere.
“Ground-penetrating radar sends pulses into the ground which are reflected back giving an image of what lies below.
The images recorded on the ''radar-grams'' are tantalisingly ambiguous and it has taken some time to reconcile these with what had long been considered to be the location of the tilt-yard."

It's unclear why Tudor-era artists put the palace in the 'wrong place' (Images at end of post)

The fascinating discovery pinpoints the spot where Henry had his accident – and as a result changed the entire course of English history.

It was after the accident in the Greenwich Palace tilt-yard that Henry fell into ill-health and – crucially – fell out with then-wife Anne Boleyn.

Not long before the tilt-yard catastrophe, an ambassador at Henry’s court reported: "His Majesty is the most handsomest potentate I have ever set eyes on.

"Above the usual height with an extremely fine calf to his leg and a round face so very beautiful it would become a pretty woman."

Henry VIII became ill after he was injured during a jousting incident at the palace.

It looksa lot cleaner here than it is today
27/10/2020

It looksa lot cleaner here than it is today

Ok, these are not pictures of Greenwich, have nothing to do with Greenwich in fact, London Yes, but I think they represe...
25/10/2020

Ok, these are not pictures of Greenwich, have nothing to do with Greenwich in fact, London Yes, but I think they represent a turning point in local and national history so make no appologies for including them. Hope you like them as much as I do.

The first women policemen in 1919

The Workhouse at Greenwich before it was a Hospital, Leisure or housing complex. Some of you will get confused with the ...
24/10/2020

The Workhouse at Greenwich before it was a Hospital, Leisure or housing complex. Some of you will get confused with the actual site of the workhouse as it was not always in Woolwich Road.The first work house was opened in 1724, next to St Alphege Church, these are pictures of the workhouse in Woolwich Road built in 1839/40 by an architect called RP Browne and the pictures span over time. I think the fire being attended by firemen (probably from Blackwall Lane is a dramatic view of time forgot as the rest of the photos are.

I am so sorry everyone I appear to have got the entrance picture wrong, this picture is of a childrens home in Sidcup, Still! a nice photo but nothing to do with the Work house I'm afraid

A picture that summarises the atmosphere of Greenwich, no more whitebait tho I'm afraid. I don't think Samuel would go t...
18/10/2020

A picture that summarises the atmosphere of Greenwich, no more whitebait tho I'm afraid. I don't think Samuel would go there now. On second thoughts he loved his grub and never missed the opportunity to record where or what he ate?. The Trafalgar Tavern 😜

08/10/2020
Bathing at Greenwich
13/09/2020

Bathing at Greenwich

Ballastquay
02/09/2020

Ballastquay

A steam ship taking on passengers at 'Greenwich Pier' notice the hulk of an old 1800's battleship in the background prob...
22/08/2020

A steam ship taking on passengers at 'Greenwich Pier' notice the hulk of an old 1800's battleship in the background probably the hospital ship 'Dreadnought'

Presented by the Telegraph on behalf of the ministry of works  Anyone know when? the source of this picture states 1957
10/08/2020

Presented by the Telegraph on behalf of the ministry of works Anyone know when? the source of this picture states 1957

Many of you are confused to the actual name of the 'Old Royal Palace' at Greenwich. The present buildings on this site w...
09/08/2020

Many of you are confused to the actual name of the 'Old Royal Palace' at Greenwich. The present buildings on this site were designed and built by 'Sir Christopher Wren' in 1694' to 1750 when the construction work was completed. The reason for the construction was to provide a home for retired Royal Navel pensioners and support for their families in some cases. This is a picture showing one of the pensioners outside the Charles building chatting to the locals maybe offering his services as a tour guide which the pensioners did for a tanner to earn a little extra cash. Now of course we refer to the buildings as the Old Royal Navy College.

'View of the Crown And Sceptre Inn, Greenwich (print) from the Thames, around 1870 London,
07/08/2020

'View of the Crown And Sceptre Inn, Greenwich (print) from the Thames, around 1870 London,

Lovel's Wharf I would guess around 1950 to 1970,
02/08/2020

Lovel's Wharf I would guess around 1950 to 1970,

A print of a conduit house and a picture of the reservoir in Greenwich park along with a picture of what the reservoir l...
22/07/2020

A print of a conduit house and a picture of the reservoir in Greenwich park along with a picture of what the reservoir looks like in side. Greenwich Park has a great history

Where do you think this photo was taken? Edit: I guess between 1890 to 1910, Looks like snow on ledges of path.
09/07/2020

Where do you think this photo was taken?
Edit: I guess between 1890 to 1910, Looks like snow on ledges of path.

Not far from this spot (under the arch you can see at the back of the picture) is the location where Sir Walter Raleigh ...
06/07/2020

Not far from this spot (under the arch you can see at the back of the picture) is the location where Sir Walter Raleigh placed his cloak over a puddle for Queen Elizabeth 1st to walk over Very young Elizabeth 11 so I would guess dates picture around mid to late 1930's.

Vanbrugh Hill is what I call a steep'o but there is a little garden of respite where a seat is conveniently placed to he...
03/07/2020

Vanbrugh Hill is what I call a steep'o but there is a little garden of respite where a seat is conveniently placed to help relieve the strain on your legs about a hundred and fifty yards up from the junction at Trafalgar Road. This little garden has been there for some time along with the seat but easily missed if your not looking for it, however, something has happened to make this little secret place not so secret.I saw two young men painting the wall on the adjacent building to this site a few months ago not unusual you may say and I agree but it is what they painted that makes this garden stand out as you can see. Just across the road from this place of respite is the Vanbrugh Tavern and the Old Nurses quarters both having their own histories. I don't know what the picture means but there is a large Tiger's head looming at the top so I have named this place Tiger's Bay' OK Cheater then did I say I was an expert on Cats. Tiger Bay sounds right to me. Well done the Guys who painted it.

29/06/2020
Royal Museums Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich

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This was published in 1915, by Andrew Reid & Co did they have the Net in 1915 or was that forward thinking from our Navy...
26/06/2020

This was published in 1915, by Andrew Reid & Co did they have the Net in 1915 or was that forward thinking from our Navy.

Cutty Sark in dry Dock 1951. A docker works on the mast
31/05/2020

Cutty Sark in dry Dock 1951. A docker works on the mast

Industrial Greenwich
25/05/2020

Industrial Greenwich

OK, every now and then I see a picture I love and has nothing to do with Greenwich and this is one of them: Charles (Cha...
23/05/2020

OK, every now and then I see a picture I love and has nothing to do with Greenwich and this is one of them:

Charles (Charlie) Rouse, reputedly London's last night watchman, stands outside his post on Brixton Road c1850. He carries the traditional lantern, has a cutlass attached to his waist and a rattle...

A wedding in the painted hall: This is where Nelson was laid out in state before being buried
16/05/2020

A wedding in the painted hall: This is where Nelson was laid out in state before being buried

The Good old Plume and feathers, to my mind best pub in Greenwich
14/05/2020

The Good old Plume and feathers, to my mind best pub in Greenwich

Greenwich power station late around 1900
10/05/2020

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....
23/04/2020

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
13/04/2020

Crooms Hill around 1937

A view of Greenwich Hospital around the late 1800's, the ship in the foreground  is probably  'the hospital ship 'Dreadn...
05/04/2020

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.
28/03/2020

Admiral Hardy's resting place adjacent to the National Maritime museum.

21/03/2020

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

12/03/2020
Royal Museums Greenwich

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...
09/03/2020

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.

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My in laws were wondering the story behind the structure in the foreground.
Have a look at these 'then' and 'now' pictures of Greenwich Park:
Hello! I met you yesterday under the Cutty Sark. I was the artist running the flotsam fish activity and promised I'd seek out your Page, so here I am :)