Did YOU know??Greenwich became a Royal Borough on 3 February2012, one of the first events in the year Queen Elizabeth IIcelebrates her Diamond Jubilee. Greenwich will also be ahost borough for the London 2012 Olympic andParalympic Games this year!!!
Henry V created the Greenwich royalmanor in the 15th century, which waslater granted to his half-brother DukeHumphrey of Gloucester. In around1433 Humphrey enclosed what is nowGreenwich Park, the oldest of all theRoyal Parks, and built a new riversidehouse. This was developed by hissuccessors, Henry VI and Henry VII, andrenamed the Palace of Placentia or‘pleasant place’.
Henry VIII was born at Placentiain 1491. A compulsive builderand keen horseman, he madefurther alterations to the siteincluding a new chapel, stablesand a tiltyard with towers and aviewing gallery. He also stocked Greenwich Park with deer in 1515 and their descendants are still there. Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon and Anne of Cleves at Greenwich Palace and his daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, were born there. Each went on to rule England as Mary I and Elizabeth I.
Greenwich park This is Londons oldest enclosedRoyal Park, Greenwich Park issituated on a hilltop withimpressive views of Greenwich andacross the River Thames to CanaryWharf, The O2, the City of Londonand beyond. A small herd of Fallowdeer live in the wilderness nearBlackheath gate and there arebeautiful rose, flower and herbgardens and a large childrensplayground. The Park is also hometo the Royal Observatory and theMeridian line. Parts of the Park willbe closed during 2012 when itbecomes one of the venues for theLondon 2012 Olympic andParalympic Games.
St Alfege ChurchThis church has stood here since 1012 on thetraditional site of the martyrdom of StAlfege, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murderedby marauding Vikings. This church, the third to bebuilt here, was designed by NicholasHawksmoor, who trained under Sir ChristopherWren, working with him on the Old Royal NavalCollege. It was dedicated in 1718.
The Cutty Sark was launched in Scotland in1869 and sailed initially on the tea route toChina. Later she brought back wool fromAustralia. She has been in dry dock inGreenwich since 1954. She is currently closedto the public for conservation work and due tore-open in time for the London2012 Olympic and ParalympicGames. Cutty Sark
Old Royal Naval CollegeBuilt on the site of the Tudor palace whereHenry VIII and Elizabeth I were born, this is oneof the countrys finest examples of Baroquelandscape. It was designed by some of thegreatest architects of the day including Wren,Hawksmoor and Vanbrugh. The beautifulChapel and the magnificent Painted Hall,where Nelsons body lay in state after hisdeath at the Battle of Trafalgar, are open daily.
National Maritime MuseumBritains seafaring heritage is dramatically recreatedhere in display rooms filled with oceangoing treasures atone of the worlds leading maritime museums.The stories of naval battles, of famous mariners,adventurers and explorers and the life and heroic deathof Admiral Lord Nelson are vividly brought to life inoutstanding galleries and interactive displays.