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.

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 min

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 min

Operating as usual

First horse tramways, built by George Francis Train, an American,opened in London, but were unsuccessful and soon remove...
23/09/2021

First horse tramways, built by George Francis Train, an American,
opened in London, but were unsuccessful and soon removed. The
first was along the Bayswater Road from Marble Arch to
Porchester Terrace

First horse tramways, built by George Francis Train, an American,
opened in London, but were unsuccessful and soon removed. The
first was along the Bayswater Road from Marble Arch to
Porchester Terrace

The National Maritime competition winning picture. Go see the rest at the NMM.
18/09/2021

The National Maritime competition winning picture. Go see the rest at the NMM.

The National Maritime competition winning picture. Go see the rest at the NMM.

It looks like there will be an event at the NMM, I think it is the comedy week or week end. get your tickets now, there ...
16/09/2021

It looks like there will be an event at the NMM, I think it is the comedy week or week end. get your tickets now, there is a bar on site

It looks like there will be an event at the NMM, I think it is the comedy week or week end. get your tickets now, there is a bar on site

A postman around the late 1800's delivering mail in King William Walk
16/09/2021

A postman around the late 1800's delivering mail in King William Walk

A postman around the late 1800's delivering mail in King William Walk

06/09/2021

More on the Eight Bells Pub,

Eight Bells 1905

West Kent Guardian, Saturday 4 January 1840.

Inquests.

On Tuesday last an inquest was held by C. J. Carttar, Esq., at the "Eight Bells," Greenwich, on the body of a man unknown, who had been found the day previous at East Greenwich, in the river. After the jury had been sworn, two men appeared and identified the deceased as Thomas Foster, late a seaman on board the Anna Maria, of Hartlepool, collier. They stated that on the second ult. they, in company with the deceased and another man, when to join their vessel in Bugsby's Hole; that it was a dark foggy night; that they had not proceeded far down the Kent shore before they observed the light of a steam vessel coming up with the tide, and imagining that they were in danger, they pulled over towards the middle of the river, which brought them nearer to rather than further off the steamer; that seeing their mistake, they called out to "stop her," which was immediately done, but too late to prevent the vessel passing clear over the boat. The four men passed under the vessel, and came up under the stern; a boat belonging to a waterman on board the steamer, was fortunately towing astern, and he having seen what must occur, instantly jumped into the boat, and was the means of saving two of the party; another swam and got into the paddle-wheel, and was taken out by the people in the steamer, which turned out to be the "Tam O'Shanter" tugboat; the fourth man, it is presumed, must have been struck on the head, and was, consequently, unable to sustain himself above the water until assistance could be afforded him. The witnesses did not attribute any blame to the person in charge of the steamer, but the jury deemed it advisable to have the evidence of the parties on board, adjourned the inquest until Thursday evening, when all the men from the "Tam O'Shanter" attended, and fully corroborated the evidence previously given; the jury at once returned a verdict of "Accidental death.



Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 8 December 1840.

Greenwich.

On Friday week and inquest was held, before Mr. J. C. Carttar, at the "Eight Bells," Church Street, Greenwich, upon the body of Katherine Mansfield, age 52 years, who it appeared was burnt to death, under the following lamentable circumstances.

The jury, being sworn, proceeded to view the body, which presented the most frightful spectacle.

William Mansfield, sworn, said:- I am a pensioner of Greenwich Hospital; the deceased was my wife; we had been married 27 years. I saw her last alive at 5 o'clock on Friday afternoon; she was not sober at that time. I went to my duty in the hospital, and returned at half past 6 o'clock, when I found the room full of smoke, and I heard my wife wife groaning. I made my way in, and found her sitting on a chair and leaning against the mantelpiece, with her clothes all on fire. I immediately called out "Murder," and for assistance, for at least 10 minutes, during which time I endeavoured to tear the clothes off her body. She lived about 20 minutes afterwards, but never spoke; she moaned heavily.

John Smith, a blacksmith, said:- I reside in the parlour of the same house with the deceased. I heard something fall, and a short time afterwards I heard a cry of "Murder." I then lighted a candle and went upstairs to see what had happened, when I found the room full of smoke and a blaze at the far end. On learning what had occurred I ran away, and called in a doctor. I then returned and remained in the room until death ensued. The doctor ordered medicine to give ease, but said that her life could not be saved. The deceased must have been on fire half an hour before her husband came in; her eyes were literally burnt out.

Mary Miller, a lodger, said that the deceased came home at half past 5 o'clock, and asked for a light, and, being in liquor, witness refused to give her one. She went upstairs, and must have made a light at the fire, at which moment her clothes must have caught the flame, and being much in liquor, she was not able to call for aid.

Verdict:- "Accidental death, the result of intemperance."



From the Kentish Gazette, 1 September 1846.

Part of a Female Found in the River at Greenwich.

On Tuesday an investigation took place before Mr. Carttar, the coroner for West Kent, at the "Eight Bells" public-house, Greenwich, to inquire as to the cause of death of a young female, supposed to be Catharine Donovan, whose remains were picked up on the Saturday preceding. After the evidence was finished, the coroner observed that at present the identity was very questionable, and remarked it was strange there had not been any inquiries about three young men last seen with the supposed deceased girl. It would be impossible to proceed further with the investigation at present until a medical man had examined the body. The inquiry was then adjourned until Tuesday next.



West Kent Guardian 16 January 1847.

DEATH FROM ALLEGED VIOLENCE.

On Wednesday, an inquest was held, pursuant to adjournment from the 8th inst., before C. J. Carttar, Esq., coroner, at the "Eight Bells," Church-street, Greenwich, to inquire into the circumstances attending the death of Mary Ann Johnson, aged 44, an American woman of colour, wife of an out-pensioner of Greenwich Hospital.

John Johnson, deposed to the identity of the body, and that he married the deceased in August last, at which time he belonged to the Ramilies ward, in the Royal Hospital, after which he became an out-pensioner, and resided in Skinner's-court. Greenwich.

Thomas Oak Mitchell, Esq., surgeon. Circus street, Greenwich, deposed that he had attended decease about ten years. He had made a post mortem examination of the body of decease, by direction of the coroner. Witness was sent for previous to death, on the 30th of December, when he found her speechless and insensible; believed she was labouring under concussion of the brain and treated her accordingly. There were external marks of violence, her head was swollen and inflamed, bruises over the shoulder and a black eye. On making the post mortem examination, he found on removing the scalp a bruise extending through the integuments (size of half-a-crown), to the back part of the skull, death ensued from concussion of the brain, on the 8th inst.

Thomas Obering, deposed, to great disturbance taking place in Skinner’s-court. Greenwich, on Wednesday, the 30th ult. Saw deceased foaming at the mouth and striking at an elderly woman, named Humphries. A young woman named Martha Humphries, a daughter of the old lady came up and struck deceased over the shoulder, while she was in the act of opening the street door.

John Johnson, husband of deceased, was re-called, and said that his wife laid two hours on the bed insensible after she came into the house, and said that the "Skinners" would be her death, and that she thought that "tall Mary" would be the last person to strike her.

Joseph Simnot, deposed that he saw Martha Humphries, give deceased a blow and knock her bonnet off. One of the Humphries's gave her a muzzler, and deceased said she did not think that Mary would have struck her; deceased staggered to her door, but did not fall. Amelia Humphries struck deceased in the face. Johnson afterwards came out and took his wife in.

Dr. Mitchell said deceased was quite sober, and was sure she had not been drinking on the day of the occurrence.

Jane Acres and Louis Fleming, deposed to seeing Martha strike deceased.

Harriet Deal, a married woman, residing in Skinner's-court, proved that Hartia Humphries struck deceased the last blow and called her a b----- old bitch, it was between 10 and 12 o'clock in the forenoon of Wednesday, 30th December. Old Mrs. Humphries abused and used deceased most cruelly, the words used were most foul, deceased left and returned to the court an hour or so afterwards, when Mrs. Humphries used deceased as badly as before; deceased held up her slick and said by God she would put up with it no longer. Amelia Humphries then came behind deceased and gave her a violent blow on the head. Deceased reeled without falling. Deceased said she had been shamefully used. Amelia struck deceased twice and her sister Martha Humphries once. Saw tall Mary rub deceased's mouth. Amelia struck as hard as she was able.

Ann Sutton, proved that Mr. Humphries and deceased quarrelled. Saw Martha strike deceased with open hand on the side of her head, Deceased appeared quite sober.

Mary Ann Humphries, window, was called in, and admitted that she was not sober on the day in question. She quarrelled with deceased about 15s. her husband owed for rent and money lent, —told deceased she was an ungrateful woman and that she had kept her from starving. No blows were struck by witness or her daughters—her daughters merely pushed her bonnet off.

Mary Cleoox and several other witness, proved that blows were given to deceased by the two young Humphries’s but only with the open hand.

Amelia arid Martha Humphries both made voluntary statements to the effect that they struck deceased for threatening their mother, but only with their hands. Deceased said "kill me, kill me," and was in a great passion foaming at the mouth.

Dr. Mitchell, surgeon, said death must have ensued from a fall or a blow from some hard substance. The hand could produce no such result.

Mr. Carttar, the coroner, concurred in this opinion.

The inquest-room was then cleared for the jury and coroner to confer, and after nearly an hour had elapsed, the doors were thrown open, when the coroner announced that the jury not being satisfied with the evidence, he had determined to adjourn the inquiry for a month, when it was hoped that important facts would be disclosed.

I was asked by Roberta as to where the Eight bells pub was before it closed for business, so hope all can recognise it's...
06/09/2021

I was asked by Roberta as to where the Eight bells pub was before it closed for business, so hope all can recognise it's past location. Just in case you can't it is the building with the shop front Jennings

The picture of jennings taken in 2017

The Tram ; photo, 1951, showing the closed pub next to the Hovis building. I believe the wording says "Quality Cafe.

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01/09/2021
Timeline Photos
20/08/2021

Timeline Photos

Day 7 of the diary of our community archaeologist, Andrew Mayfield as he wanders around the park revealing its history.

What are we looking at? A flint find from the park. This is a worked flint, or flake, created when somebody in prehistory was flintknapping (the making of flaked or chipped stone tools) in the park. Flint was used for hundreds of thousands of years to create tools. Axes, adzes (an ancient and versatile cutting tool), scrapers and knives, were all carefully produced by knocking flint flakes off a larger block of flint, to create a ‘tool’. This park flint is a waste flake, discarded during the knapping process. You can tell it’s an old flint by the ‘patina’ or glossy shine it has, the ‘ripples’ caused by hitting the flint - and the platform, where my top finger is – the part where the flint was struck from. We hope to find lots more flints during our digs in the park!

Stay tuned for updates and contact [email protected] to get involved…

Greenwich Park Revealed is an £8m 4-year investment into the park supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the The National Lottery Community Fund

The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich a place famous for its whitebait from 1700 onwards
14/08/2021

The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich a place famous for its whitebait from 1700 onwards

Timeline Photos
15/07/2021

Timeline Photos

Meet Andrew, The Royal Parks' first in-house archaeologist! He will develop and deliver community archaeology activities for the Greenwich Park Revealed project, working with the public, schools, volunteers, specialists and contractors, to uncover some of the park’s archaeological secrets.

"Although digs have taken place in the park before, this will be the first project to look at the archaeology as a whole. There are an amazing collection of sites present, from Roman buildings to Anglo-Saxon burials, huge 17th landscape features, to buried World War Two archaeology. I love the breadth of archaeology present and the opportunity to explore this historic landscape further."

Find out what else excites him about the project - and meet the rest of the team, here: https://bit.ly/3cxaAuk

Greenwich Park Revealed is an £8m 4-year investment to restore, protect, share and reveal the park, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund

I hope you like this picture my wife took while in our garden, because we live in Greenwich perhaps it qualifies for thi...
14/07/2021

I hope you like this picture my wife took while in our garden, because we live in Greenwich perhaps it qualifies for this page

Goodyear in Greenwich, (compare the bird to the air balloon: July
2021)

I hope you like this picture my wife took while in our garden, because we live in Greenwich perhaps it qualifies for this page

Goodyear in Greenwich, (compare the bird to the air balloon: July
2021)

Workhouse Greenwich:
06/07/2021

Workhouse Greenwich:

Workhouse Greenwich:

The Mitre,
15/06/2021

The Mitre,

The Mitre,

Greenwich Hospital, 1840 Print of a pensioner entertaining his family, or so it seems, but! some pensioners trained them...
01/06/2021

Greenwich Hospital, 1840 Print of a pensioner entertaining his family, or so it seems, but! some pensioners trained themselves to be tour guides and for six pence would give you a tour of the painted hall , chappel and grounds.

Greenwich Hospital, 1840 Print of a pensioner entertaining his family, or so it seems, but! some pensioners trained themselves to be tour guides and for six pence would give you a tour of the painted hall , chappel and grounds.

The Trafalgar Cinema, later the Odeon, at the foot of Maze Hill, one of two cinema's in East Greenwich, the other cinema...
25/05/2021

The Trafalgar Cinema, later the Odeon, at the foot of Maze Hill, one of two cinema's in East Greenwich, the other cinema being at the foot of Vanbrugh Hill adjacent to the junction leading to 'Blackwall Tunnel'

The Trafalgar Cinema, later the Odeon, at the foot of Maze Hill, one of two cinema's in East Greenwich, the other cinema being at the foot of Vanbrugh Hill adjacent to the junction leading to 'Blackwall Tunnel'

Union Workhouse, Vanbrugh Hill,
20/05/2021

Union Workhouse, Vanbrugh Hill,

Union Workhouse, Vanbrugh Hill,

Great picture,
13/05/2021

Great picture,

Great picture,

Gas Works Bomb18th January 1979: The aftermath of the bomb at the Greenwich gas works London A bomb planted by the Provi...
06/05/2021

Gas Works Bomb18th January 1979:

The aftermath of the bomb at the Greenwich gas works London A bomb planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (Provisional IRA) caused a major fire, The explosion took place hours after a separate bombing of a storage tank at a Texaco oil terminal on Canvey Island, Essex.

Gas Works Bomb18th January 1979:

The aftermath of the bomb at the Greenwich gas works London A bomb planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (Provisional IRA) caused a major fire, The explosion took place hours after a separate bombing of a storage tank at a Texaco oil terminal on Canvey Island, Essex.

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15/04/2021
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When carrying out alterations to the students canteen at the Royal Navy college Greenwich or Greenwich University as it is now called, Archaeology suddenly provided us with a look back into the past as remains of 'Greenwich Palace' were found by the construction workers. During the course of their work the workers had discovered remains of the old kitchen, the Archaeologists then took over to discover ruined remains of Henry VIII’s birthplace
The historic Tudor building was once comparable to Hampton Court Palace

This page is primarily about Greenwich and as such political comment is out of bounds, but! sometimes I search for infor...
11/04/2021

This page is primarily about Greenwich and as such political comment is out of bounds, but! sometimes I search for information about the history of Greenwich and come across a national history that is often forgotten and inevitably ignored. We see a lot about 'Black lives matter' yet no one even considers kneeling down to remember our own ancestors who suffered outrageous poverty, abominable harsh and brutal treatment at the hands of the prosperous This is a picture of children that were slaves to the prosperous. Britain's child slaves: They started at 4am, lived off acorns and had nails put through their ears for shoddy work. Every life matters and don't let us forget it and do not let us discriminate against our own. Look at the whole picture not just the left hand corner of it.

This page is primarily about Greenwich and as such political comment is out of bounds, but! sometimes I search for information about the history of Greenwich and come across a national history that is often forgotten and inevitably ignored. We see a lot about 'Black lives matter' yet no one even considers kneeling down to remember our own ancestors who suffered outrageous poverty, abominable harsh and brutal treatment at the hands of the prosperous This is a picture of children that were slaves to the prosperous. Britain's child slaves: They started at 4am, lived off acorns and had nails put through their ears for shoddy work. Every life matters and don't let us forget it and do not let us discriminate against our own. Look at the whole picture not just the left hand corner of it.

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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:
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