In the year 964 Greenwich was Grenewic "a green
harbour or port".
Pronunciation: Visitors sometimes call it
Green-Witch which is perfectly logical. The "newscaster" pronunciation is Grennitch or, if their standards are slipping, Grennidge. They are all
vastly outnumbered by those who live there, to whom it is Grinnidge. I
was born, went to school and lived in the area for 30 years, before moving to
Orpington. Fortunately, Woolwich to the east does not have to live with
upper and lower pronunciations!
www.greenwich-guide.org.uk for further info.
See also my other website for 6 pages of
Greenwich photos and write-ups. Some of the photos are repeated from
here, but there are also many others, and plenty of links for further
View from Greenwich Royal Observatory looking over the Queen's House.
Beyond that, on the bank of the River Thames, is the old Greenwich
Seamen's Hospital, which later became the Royal Naval College, and is
now being used by Greenwich University. The slope is great fun in snowy conditions.
Statue of General Wolfe. The avenue leading up to the
statue is where the London Marathon runners assemble every year.
Greenwich Royal Observatory, which is part of the National Maritime
Museum. Four of John Harrison's (1693-1776) marine chronometers are
displayed, along with other historical astronomical and navigational
Royal Observatory clock – Greenwich Mean
The Royal Observatory dome and, to the right, the Meridian line in red –
everyone of course has their photo taken with one leg on each side of
the line that runs across the courtyard.
Millennium Sculpture set on the Meridian line
Snowman of Sir Isaac Newton, photo taken early 1980s, set on or very
near the Meridian line
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The bandstand, near the Maze Hill side of the park,
is now no longer used. I lived a few roads away and if we heard faint
music as we approached the park, we would always go immediately in the
direction of the bandstand, which would be surrounded by rings of
Ornamented park gatehouse
The park always has a good display of traditional
massed bedding, to complement the shrubberies and numerous trees
Greenwich Park has many very ancient trees – oak and
chestnut – and lots of mature deciduous and fir trees. Tree enthusiasts should bring plenty of sandwiches and a good
camera for a long day of tree admiration.
Vanbrugh Castle on Maze Hill, viewed from the park,
and another ancient tree surrounded by young replacements
This winter view shows new trees planted to maintain
the avenue on the Maze Hill side
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Children love the hilly part of the park, especially
in snow or mud
Fallow and red deer in their enclosure. When I used to visit here
in the 1960's and 70's, the deer were able to come right up to the fence. This
is no longer allowed for safety purposes, and because people would
the deer despite the notices prohibiting it.
Roan School for Girls, Devonshire Drive, Greenwich, London – My old
school, now flats, see
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