The Painted Hall

Painter James Thornhill was paid by the yard for his 19 years of work here on Wren’s creation of 1673 – originally a dining room for naval pensioners. The roof shows the Triumph of Peace and Liberty over Tyranny. For the Four Seasons, Winter was modelled by pensioner John Worley, still being punished for swearing at the age of 96.

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Famous for Greenwich Mean Time and for the Prime Meridian, Greenwich is to be a key site in the Olympic Games of 2012, hosting the equestrian and some other events. Historic Maritime Greenwich is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. www.visitgreenwich.org.uk

DLR: Cutty Sark Greenwich

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Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Lined by 200,000 white tiles, this damp pedestrian tunnel opened in 1902 so workers from South London could reach the docks on Isle of Dogs. It replaced a ferry that had been running since 1676. Cross it for a great view back to Greenwich. Architect Sir Alexander Binnie also built the Blackwall Tunnel and Vauxhall Bridge.

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Sir Walter Ralegh

Ralegh (or Raleigh) is often said to have introduced both tobacco and potatoes to England from the New World. He funded the first colony in Virginia, which he named after Queen Elizabeth I, but he was executed for treason by King James I in 1618. Raleigh, capital of North Carolina, is named after him.
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Chapel of St Peter & St Paul

This chapel is a preserved example of English Baroque of 1789. The doorway is carved from one block of marble. The statues of Faith, Hope, Charity & Meekness in the vestibule are of Coade Stone; Meekness was covered when the training college was active. The Sunday service at 11am is a Sung Eucharist with an excellent choir.

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General James Wolfe

Wolfe (1727-59) died during the battle of Quebec, which won Canada from France for the British Empire. A resident of Greenwich, he is buried in the parish church, St Alfege's.

This statue of 1930, ‘a gift of the Canadian people’ was unveiled by the Marquis de Montcalm, a descendent of Wolfe’s opponent at Quebec, who also died in the battle.

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Bellot Memorial Obelix

French explorer Joseph Rene Bellot died in1853, aged only 27, while looking for Sir John Franklin. Franklin and his expedition died searching for the Northwest Passage around North America. This memorial is by Philip Hardwick, architect of the original Euston station. A crater on the Moon has also been named after Bellot.

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Standards Of Length

Although Greenwich is best known for time, the Royal Observatory also retains these Public Standards of Length. First put outside the main gates in the 1800s, they allowed the public to check measurements. The actual lengths are measured between the inner faces of the paired D-shaped studs.

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Vice Admiral Hardy

Were Admiral Nelson’s last words ‘Kiss me, Hardy!’? Actually, they were ‘Thank God I have done my duty!’ Hardy was back on deck when Nelson died at Trafalgar in 1805, in charge of HMS Victory and the victorious fleet. This statue shows Thomas Masterman Hardy in later years – he died in 1839 at the age of 70.

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