Greenwich is a bustling hub of London with many things to do and it acts as the home for many important institutions. It is in south-east London and a part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It is south-east of Charing Cross and is bordered by Deptford and Deptford Creek in the west, Greenwich Peninsula and Westcombe Park in the east, the River Thames in the north and the A2 motorway and Blackheath to the south. It's postcode district is SE10.
It's name comes from Danish settlers, with it originally being Grenewic, meaning the “green place on the bay.” There is evidence of Bronze Age inhabitation. Danish invaders hid here for several years before attacking nearby Kent and Canterbury. The area was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 and held by the Bishop Odo of Bayeux. The area has always been associated with royalty, with Henry IV visiting here and Henry V granting it to the Duke of Exeter. Construction started on the Palace of Placentia 1447 and completed in 1466. Henry VII would live here with his sons Henry and Edmund being born in the palace, and Henry VIII was married here twice. Elizabeth I and Mary I frequently visited. More construction was undertaken by James I and it was used as a prisoner-of-war camp during the civil war. It would continue to be a spot for royalty to convene up to the present day.
Greenwich Park is one of the largest open spaces in London and is a World Heritage Site. Greenwich Mean Time stems from the local Royal Observatory that has been in existence since 1676. There are playgrounds, a boating lake, flower and herb gardens, tennis courts and more. It hosted some events from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and acts as one of the start points for the London marathon. The riverfront contains the preserved ship; the Cutty Sark and the Greenwich Foot tunnel connect the area with the Isle of Dogs. The Old Royal Naval College is here and rowing is popular. The former Millennium Dome, the now O2 Arena, is nearby.
The town centre is a great example of Georgian and Victorian architecture and contains many stores, a cinema, Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich Playhouse and The Fan Museum. A market has been held regularly ever since the 14th century and is currently open Wednesday through to Sunday. Maritime Greenwich is also a World Heritage Site. Apart from the aforementioned Royals, Greenwich has been home to many people including authors Dr. Samuel Johnson and Cecil Day-Lewis, astronomer George Airy, actors Vanessa Redgrave and Dominic Cooper, journalist Andrew Gilligan, comedians Malcolm Hardee, Dan Leno and Sean Lock, musicians Billy Jenkins and Albert Lee, television presenter Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, footballer Glen Johnson, artist James Thornhill, social reformer Benjamin Waugh and engineer John Penn.
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