Sunday, 21 August 2011

Greenwich (London)

Just one of the stunning Flower beds.

It was wonderful to walk around the Gardens and take in the peace and quiet so close to the City chaos. The land was imparked, for deer, in 1433 and walled in 1661 which gives a feeling of safety and protection. Lots of wildlife to see including Parakeets and Woodpeckers near the bandstand as well as beautiful flower beds and lakes.

The Royal Observatory.

Behind the former Naval College are 183 acres of Greenwich Park (Royal Park).Rising towards Blackheath fantastic views across the heritage site and the City of London are offered. Within the Park is the former Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian passes through the building. Greenwich Meantime was at one time based on the time observations made at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

The Cutty Sark is a Clipper ship and is 212 feet five inches long and was built in Dumbarton (Scotland) in 1869 for transporting tea across the world. It has been in dry dock at Greenwich since 1954 and is undergoing a restoration project and is expected to open to the public next year. On the 21st May 2007 disaster struck when it was badly damaged by fire.

The Greenwich riverfront with the O2 Arena (Formerly the Millenium dome in the background).

Sir Walter Raleigh statue outside the Royal Naval College by William McMillan. It was moved from its original position in Whitehall to this location.

Greenwich is a World Heritage Site and home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Meridian Line. Other famous landmarks include the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, and Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College. Greenwich was also the birthplace of many in the House of Tudor, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The palace fell into disrepair during the English Civil War and was rebuilt as the Royal Naval Hospital for Sailors by Sir Christopher Wren.These buildings became the Royal Naval College in 1873.

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