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Royal Borough of Greenwich in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

Dial Square

 
 
Dial Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2018
1. Dial Square Marker
Inscription.
Dial Square
Only the entrance front with its powerful archway remains of the former gun machining factory, built 1717-20, which with the other buildings covered a wide area and was originally known as the Great Pile.

In 1886 workers in Dial Square formed Dial Square Football Club, soon changing their name to Royal Arsenal. The football club was formed to break the monotony of every day life in a munitions factory and by 1890 they were proclaimed “Champions of the South”, attracting the top northern teams to London and playing in one of the most modern grounds in the country. In 1904, now known as Woolwich Arsenal, they were the first southern team to play in English football's top division. The club moved to Highbury in 1913 and became ‘Arsenal’ the following year. The Club has since become one of the most successful teams in England, renowned throughout the world and moved to its current Emirates Stadium in 2006. It never forgets its origins as a club created to bring people together with the common love of football.

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In 1764 a sundial was erected over the main entrance and it is this building, now called Dial Square, which survives.

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The famous cannon crest was first adopted by Royal Arsenal FC in 1904. The
Dial Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2018
2. Dial Square Marker
Dial Arch, the entrance to Dial Square, with the sundial above, is behind the marker.
three vertical cannons were borrowed from the Borough of Woolwich coat of arms.

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Dial Square. One of the oldest remaining structures by Sir John Vanburgh and Nicholas Hawksmoor, c.1717-20, the Dial Square complex was a double courtyard housing smithies and turning shops in one and armourer's shops and accommodations in the other The sundial over the archway dates from 1764.
 
Location. 51° 29.519′ N, 0° 4.154′ E. Marker is in Royal Borough of Greenwich, England, in Greater London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Plumstead Road and Woolwich New Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on No. 1 Street in the Royal Woolwich Arsenal. Marker is in this post office area: Royal Borough of Greenwich, England SE18 6AE, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main Guard House (here, next to this marker); Nike (a few steps from this marker); Saxony Demi Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Woolwich Market (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Firepower (about 210 meters away); The Paper Cartridge Factory (about 210 meters
The Sundial over Dial Arch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2018
3. The Sundial over Dial Arch
away); Wellington HQ / Royal Laboratory (about 210 meters away); The Royal Arsenal (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Royal Borough of Greenwich.
 
Also see . . .
1. Arsenal Football Club. (Submitted on June 9, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Royal Arsenal History. (Submitted on June 9, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. Royal Arsenal on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 9, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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