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Woolwich, Greenwich

Woolwich is a district in southeast London, England, located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London. Woolwich formed part of Kent until 1889 when the County of London was created. It is notable as a river crossing point, having the Woolwich Ferry (and the lesser-known Woolwich foot tunnel) to North Woolwich, and as the one-time home of the Woolwich Building Society (now owned by Barclays plc).
Post townLONDON
Administrative CountyGreenwich
Traditional CountyKent
OS GridTQ4379
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityMetropolitan
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLondon
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLondon
Ambulance AuthorityLondon
Dialling code020

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

Hulviz ~ Wlewic ~ Wollewic ~ Wulewiche

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

Woolwich, parl. bor., town, and par., Kent, on river Thames, 8 miles E. of London by rail - par., 1126 ac., pop. 36,665; bor. (including also the township of Eltham and the par. of Plumstead), 8296 ac., pop. 74,963; 3 Banks, 4 newspapers. The chief feature of Woolwich is the arsenal, one of the most extensive and complete establishments of the kind in the world. It is 4 miles in circumference, and is divided into the carriage, gun factory, laboratory, saddlery, and ordnance departments. The arsenal was transferred from Moorfields to Woolwich in 1716. The dockyard dates from the reign of Henry VIII., but it never attained to first rank among English naval yards. Almost the only buildings of interest are the military establishments, such as the military academy, the Rotunda or military museum, the barracks of the artillery and of the marine and royal engineers, the soldiers' home, the ordnance hospital, and the Herbert hospital on the W. slope of Shooter's Hill. Military exercises and reviews are held on Woolwich Common; and at the practice range, on the marshes to the E., all cannon and new inventions in artillery are proved. There is a ferry from Woolwich pier to North Woolwich. Woolwich returns 1 member to Parliament; it was made a parliamentary borough in 1885, prior to which it was mostly included in the old parliamentary limits of Greenwich.

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