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By Michael Herrick, April 28, 2018
Airy’s meridian line Marker
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Airy’s meridian line
George Biddell Airy, seventh Astronomer Royal, commissioned the enormous telescope that still defines the Prime Meridian and is situated in the building ahead of you. Observations made here were used by cartographers, surveyors, navigators and . . . — Map (db m117709) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Bellot Memorial
To The Intrepid Young Bellot Of the French Navy Who in the Endeavour to Rescue Franklin Shared the Fate and the Glory Of that Illustrious Navigator From His British Admirers 1853 — Map (db m117744) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Bradley’s meridian line
James Bradley, third Astronomer Royal, observed with improved accuracy using the telescope (purchased in 1749) that first defined this line in 1750. Owing to the unequal length of solar days, astronomers measure the time using distant stars. Stars . . . — Map (db m117741) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Britain's Oldest Brewer
A Brief History of Britain's Oldest Brewer Records show that Faversham was first associated with brewing as early as 1147, when King Stephen founded the town's abbey which contained a brewhouse that produced ale for the monks. Shepherd . . . — Map (db m121704) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Byer’s improved stockless anchor, 1953
This is one of the two main anchors from Ark Royal, the Royal Navy's last conventional aircraft carrier. Updated during her life with the addition of steam catapults, mirror landing gear and an angled flight deck, she was able to operate . . . — Map (db m117747) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Dedication Plaque of Flamsteed House
The most noble King Charles II, greatest patron of the arts of Astronomy and Navigation, had this Observatory built to serve both arts. In the year of our Lord 1676, in the twenty-eighth year of his reign. Jonas Moore, Surveyor General of the . . . — Map (db m117739) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Dial Square
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 . . . — Map (db m118513) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — East & West Riverside Guardrooms
East & West Riverside Guardrooms Grade II Listed Building Built 1814-15 R A R E Royal Arsenal Riverside Experience — Map (db m118561) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Family Tombstone of Edmund Halley
The Family Tombstone of Edmond Halley (1656-1742) 2nd Astronomer Royal, 1720-42 The tombstone was moved to the Observatory from the churchyard of St Margaret's in Lee when Halley's tomb was restored by the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty in . . . — Map (db m117738) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Firepower
Firepower The building on the East side of Number 1 Street, which now houses The Firepower Museum, used to be the Paper Cartridge Factory and The Royal Laboratory Offices. The exact charge of powder for a firearm was placed in a cartridge . . . — Map (db m118530) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Flamsteed’s Well Telescope
John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal at Greenwich, used a 100-foot (30.5m) well on this site to accommodate a very long telescope. The astronomer sat at the bottom of the well and observed stars that passed directly overhead. It was hoped . . . — Map (db m117705) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Greenwich Foot Tunnel
This tunnel constructed by the London County Council was opened in August 1902. Sir John MacDougall chairman of the Council; Lord Monkswell vice chairman; Henry Clarke deputy chairman; Col F. Sheffield chairman bridges comm; J. E. Sears vice . . . — Map (db m68120) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Greenwich Foot Tunnel
The Greenwich Foot Tunnel is situated beneath the River Thames and connects Cutty Sark Gardens in the Royal Borough of Greenwich to the south, with Island Gardens in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the north. It is a listed building. . . . — Map (db m121705) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Greenwich Meridian Marker, 1750-1851
This pillar was built in 1798 to help astronomers align the Observatory's meridian telescope in the building behind you. This telescope defined what was then the Greenwich Meridian established in 1750 and was kept accurately positioned by sighting . . . — Map (db m117740) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Gun 2/46
Gun 2/46 Muzzle stamped 100, on the chase is a coronet with the letter "M" for the Duke of Marlborough. On the reinforce it states "GR" under a crown, referring to the Royal George ship on which it was once mounted and from whose hull it was . . . — Map (db m118558) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Gun 2/75
Gun 2/75 On the chase the cypher of the Earl of Chatham, a peerage created in 1766 for William Pitt the Elder. On the first reinforce the cypher of George III. On the first reinforce ring the maker's name"J & H King" and the date 1809. On the . . . — Map (db m118557) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Gun 2/86
Gun 2/86 On the base ring the maker's name and date of manufacture "S·Eccles 1854". On the first reinforce a cypher of Queen Victoria with the words "Dieu et Mon Droit". This translates as "God and My Rights" and was a motto of the . . . — Map (db m118556) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Gun 2/90
Gun 2/90 On the base ring this gun shows the maker's name "F.M. Eardley-Wilmot". On the first reinforce a cypher of Queen Victoria with the words "Dieu et Mon Droit". This translates as "God and My Rights" and was a motto of the British . . . — Map (db m118560) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Gun 2/91
Gun 2/91 On the base ring this gun shows the maker's name "F.M. Eardley-Wilmot". On the first reinforce a cypher of Queen Victoria with the words "Dieu et Mon Droit". This translates as "God and My Rights" and was a motto of the British . . . — Map (db m118559) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Gun 28/10
Gun 28/10 The Gibraltar Gun is one of the largest and heaviest objects in the Royal Artillery's collection – a 38 foot long coastal defence artillery piece weighing 40 tonnes. The 9.2 inch calibre gun is a rare surviving example . . . — Map (db m118555) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Gun 3/39
Gun 3/39   Date 1785 36 pounder Smooth Bore Muzzle loading Manufactured in Falkirk Scotland by the Carron Company in 1785 This piece is mounted on a 42 pounder number 42 standing skeleton carriage. — Map (db m118564) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Hall’s improved stockless anchor, 1963
The stockless anchor was developed to avoid the difficult and labour-intensive task of stowing Admiralty-pattern anchors. Stockless anchors can be hauled right up into the hawse-pipe with the flukes close against the ship's side. Hall's patent . . . — Map (db m117746) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — James Clavell Square
James Clavell Square This Square is named after James Clavell, the famous author, screenwriter film director and producer. His connection to Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum and Woolwich is through his service in the Royal Artillery. In May . . . — Map (db m118539) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Main Guard House
Main Guard House Grade II Listed Building Built 1718 R A R E Royal Arsenal Riverside Experience — Map (db m118512) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — New Zealand Memorial
This Monument Is Erected By The Surviving Officers And Men In The Memory Of Their Comrades Who Fell In Action In New Zealand During The Years 1863-1864 — Map (db m117748) WM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Nike
( plaque 1 ) Nike (pronounced Neekay) Ancient Greek Goddess of Victory Spirit of the Games Sculptor, Pavlos Angelos Kougionmtzis ( plaque 2 ) A gift from the people of Ancient Olympia to the . . . — Map (db m118511) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Ordnance Survey Bench MarkPublic Standards of Length
Ordnance Survey Bench Mark The small plate (marked ‘G1692’) is an Ordnance Survey bench mark. Similar marks appear on walls and buildings across the country. The height of each above sea level has been measured and recorded. Dating from the . . . — Map (db m117704) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Royal Military Academy
Royal Military Academy Grade II Listed Building R A R E Royal Arsenal Riverside Experience — Map (db m118537) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Royal Regiment of Artillery
Royal Regiment of Artillery On 26 May 1716 the first two permanent companies of Royal Artillery were formed by Royal Warrant in the Reign of George the 1st. The two companies numbered 100 men each. The warrant was signed on this site then . . . — Map (db m118538) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Saxony Demi Cannon
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United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — South Metropolitan Gas Company World War I Memorial
To the Glory of God and the Grateful Memory of Those Employees of the South Metropolitan Gas Company Attached to the East Greenwich, Phoenix Wharf and Ordnance Wharf Works, Who in Response to the Call of Their King and Country Sacrificed Their . . . — Map (db m118201) WM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — The Greenwich Meridian Telescope
Behind the window is the telescope which defines the Greenwich Meridian, the transit circle of 1850 designed by 7th Astronomer Royal, George Airy. It was the centre-line of this instrument which was adopted by an international conference in . . . — Map (db m117742) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — The Paper Cartridge Factory
The Paper Cartridge Factory Grade II Listed Building R A R E Royal Arsenal Riverside Experience — Map (db m118529) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — The Royal ArsenalEngineering Heritage Award
Institution of Mechanical Engineers Engineering Heritage Award The Royal Arsenal 1671 to 1967 The Royal Arsenal produced much of the armaments required by this country during the growth of the British Empire and through two World Wars. Many . . . — Map (db m118531) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — The Royal Observatory
Welcome to the Royal Observatory, the historic home of British astronomy, Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the world. King Charles II signed a Royal Warrant in June 1675 to authorize building the Royal Observatory on the . . . — Map (db m117707) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — The Shepherd 24-hour Gate ClockThe Time Ball
The Shepherd 24-hour Gate Clock This is one of the earliest electrically driven public clocks and was installed here in 1852. The dial always shows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In summer Britain converts to British Summer Time (BST), which is . . . — Map (db m117703) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Time for everyone
The Royal Observatory is famous for supplying Greenwich Mean Time. From 1833, astronomers made a daily signal to mariners in the Thames at 1 p.m. (1300 hrs) by raising and dropping the time-ball on Flamsteed House. In 1852 electrical technology . . . — Map (db m117708) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Turkish Bronze Gun
This Turkish bronze gun was cast in 1790-91 (AH1212), in the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Selim III. It weighs 5.2 tonnes, fired stone shot just over 56 kilos and is one of two taken by Admiral Sir John Duckworth from Kinali Island in the sea of . . . — Map (db m117749) HM WM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Turkish Gun
Turkish Gun A Turkish gun made around 1798. This model is called a Licorne and the Turkish emblem, a star ans crescent, is visible on the top of the gun. — Map (db m118562) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Venetian Gun
Venetian Gun A 15th Century Venetian gun made by the Albergetti family. This model is called a Falconet and has a calibre of 2.92 inches. — Map (db m118563) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Wellington HQ / Royal Laboratory
Wellington HQ/ Royal Laboratory The Principal Officers of the Ordnance gave an estimate to the Treasury in 1694 for a new laboratory to be built, which was completed in 1696. It consisted of two ranges of buildings with a courtyard in . . . — Map (db m118533) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — William Herschel’s Telescope
This is the remaining section of a 40-foot (12m) reflecting telescope, built for the astronomer William Herschel, who became famous for his discovery of the planet Uranus in 1781. the telescope was the largest in the world and cost over £4000, . . . — Map (db m117706) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Wolfe
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United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Woolwich Market
Woolwich Market This market has been serving the citizens of Woolwich since it was created by a charter granted by James I in 1619 — Map (db m118510) HM
United Kingdom, England (Greater London County), Royal Borough of Greenwich — Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin (1934-68) Statue by Anatoly Novikov On 12 April 1961 the Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gargarin, became the first human being to travel into space. In 2011, to mark the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's flight, the Russian Space Agency, . . . — Map (db m117743) HM

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