Two Thousand Years in Greenwich History
70 Approximate earliest date of the Roman Temple in Greenwich Park. 650 Approximate date of the 20 Saxon burial mounds in Greenwich Park.
The Vikings murder Alfege, Archbishop of Canterbury at Greenwich.
Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales is appointed Royal Commissioner for the River between Greenwich and Woolwich.
Henry VIII is pronounced King. He spent much time supervising the Royal Dockyards of Deptford and Woolwich from the Royal Palace of Placentia at Greenwich.
Construction of the Queen’s House begins for Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of King James I.
John Flamsteed is appointed first Astronomer Royal and housed in the new Royal Observatory designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
Sir Christopher Wren begins work on the new Seamen’s Hospital, completed by Nicholas Hawksmoor and John Vanbrugh and occupied until the end of 1998 by the Royal Naval College.
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General James Wolfe leaves the family home, McCartney House in Greenwich, for Quebec, where he dies. His body is returned to be buried in St. Alfege’s, Greenwich.
Captain James Cook RN is appointed a Captain of the Royal Hospital at Greenwich after completion of his second voyage of discovery in the Pacific Ocean.
Horatio Nelson (born 1758, later Viscount Nelson) lies in state in the Painted Hall following his death at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.
Regular passenger services by steamboat are inaugurated between London, Greenwich and Gravesend.