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Greenwich, Greenwich

Greenwich is a district of south-east London, England, located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and situated 5.5 miles (8.9 km) east south-east of Charing Cross. Greenwich is notable for its maritime history and for giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian (0° longitude) and Greenwich Mean Time. The town became the site of a royal palace, the Palace of Placentia from the 15th century, and was the birthplace of many in the House of Tudor, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Post townLONDON
Administrative CountyGreenwich
Traditional CountyKent
OS GridTQ3977
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityMetropolitan
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLondon
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLondon
Ambulance AuthorityLondon
Dialling code020

Other names by which Greenwich, Greenwich has been known in the past

Green Wich ~ Greenwhich ~ Grenawic ~ Grenviz

Greenwich, Greenwich in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Greenwich, parl. bor. and par., Kent, on river Thames, 4 miles SE. of London Bridge by rail -- par., 1741 ac., pop. 46,580; parl. bor. (which includes the pars. of Greenwich, Deptford St Nicholas, Charlton next Woolwich, and Kidbrooke), 3838 ac., pop. 65,411; 1 Bank. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Greenwich posseses several important mfrs. including telegraph works, engineering works, chemical works, &c. The Royal Observatory has a world-wide celebrity; English geographers calculate longitude from its meridian. Greenwich Hospital, now the Royal Naval College, is a splendid edifice built upon the site of a royal palace which was the birthplace of Henry VIII., Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth. The bor. returns 1 member to Parliament; it returned 2 members until 1885, when its parl. limits were reduced by the formation of the new parl. boroughs of Deptford and Woolwich.

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