The Royal Naval College was established at Greenwich Hospital in January 1873. While recently perusing through the College archives held at the National Archives at Kew, I found a letter written to the Admiralty in February 1873 suggesting a new coat of arms for the nascent college.
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An hour or so spent by the Thames on Saturday in glorious weather gave a glimpse of the wonderfully diverse ways in which people use, work on or just simply enjoy the river. Here are some of the vessels seen passing Greenwich on Saturday... [Read more...]
Here's a great story found, found in an 1851 edition of the West Kent Guardian, of how an 84 year old woman walked from Cornwall to Greenwich to see the Painted Hall but almost wasn't allowed in because she looked too "grotesque".
Mary Callinich arrived at the gate to Greenwich Hospital, having first visited the Great Exhibition, and asked to see the Painted Hall and the Chapel.
The Sergeant guarding the entrance gate, rather unsympathetically, denied the Cornish pensioner entry on the grounds that she had "got such a funny hat". With that, she whipped out a black velvet bonnet and obviously transformed her appearance such that she was promptly allowed in.
She expressed her "highest gratification" as she departed after a two hour visit. Having seen what she came for, one wonders if the formidable Mary Callinich simply walked back to Cornwall afterwards.
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You can find more interesting newspaper stories from the past in the British Newspaper Archive.
HMS Ocean arrived at Greenwich on Thursday afternoon and can be seen moored up there until early on Monday morning.
The visit by HMS Ocean is her first since the two times she visited the capital during London 2012. Lucky ticket holders will be able to look around the recently refitted ship on Sunday. [Read more...]
After a six day visit to the capital, the Daring class destroyer HMS Defender sailed out of Greenwich yesterday. The Type 45 warship had been in London for a port visit which helped mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli and she also welcomed aboard visitors last weekend who all seemed to give it the thumbs up, judging by the reaction on social media. [Read more...]
IN the very early hours of this morning, HMS Defender arrived at Greenwich.
The Royal Navy's state-of-the-art destroyer is making its first visit to the capital and will be moored at Greenwich until next Tuesday.
Her visit, and that of HMS Middleton which will be coming up the river to HMS President at Wapping on Friday, is timed to coincide with the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli. [Read more...]
The London Borough of Greenwich was created in the big local government shakeup of 1965, bringing together the Metropolitan boroughs of Greenwich and Woolwich. That change came in to effect fifty years ago today with the new borough using the name of Greenwich but being based in Woolwich.
Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich's final meeting
At the very last meeting of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich in the old town hall, councillors unanimously agreed to place on record their "deep appreciation of the loyal and untiring service given to the Borough over the years" by staff members and in the the final motion, moved by Labour's Johanna Gollogly, expressed their "deep regret that the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich" was to lose its identity on 31st March 1965. [Read more...]
It's that slightly infuriating day in the year when you can't trust all that you read as folk try and catch you out with an April Fools' Day joke. I did one when a few years ago when I put an article on the site saying there had been a spelling mistake in the Queen's Royal Charter and the borough had been named as Royal Greeenwich (with three Es) in error - I believe it did fool a few people! [Read more...]
THE THAMES Barrier was closed for the 175th time to protect London on Saturday.
The closure was ordered to keep the capital safe from a very high tide that was predicted. The closure started at about 10.30 and by midday, all the gates were fully raised.
As high tide approached at about 2pm, water spilled across the path and on to grass at Barrier Gardens. [Read more...]
In the last days of this Government with Purdah kicking in shortly, Eric Pickles decides to strike another blow against democracy by trying to prevent the Royal Borough from publishing Greenwich Time.
This was subsequently followed by him deciding to go the whole hog and include a number of neighbouring Boroughs. They are now considering their legal options. The cabinet met last week and decided to seek a judicial review. This decision was not taken lightly but based on the legal advise given in advance. [Read more...]