Greenwich Village Walking Tour Map

The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Cutty Sark

“But Lord! what a sad time to see no boats upon the River.” Samuel Pepys Diary, 20 September 1665 Samuel Pepys, clerk of the King’s ships and later Secretary of the Admiralty was a frequent visitor to Deptford, Greenwich and Woolwich. “They mark our passage as a race of men – Earth will not see such ships as these again.” John Masefield Ships John Masefield spent part of his life in a house in Diamond Terrace, off Hyde Vale, Greenwich. Illustrator Peter Kent lived there for 15 years before moving to his present house and studio on the waterfront.

The Royal Yacht Britannia paying a final visit to Greenwich and London prior to decommissioning in 1997. During her 44 years of service in the Royal Navy, she was dedicated throughout to the service of one monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Greenwich Village Walking Tour Map Photo Gallery

The Royal Yacht Britannia passing Greenwich Pier for the last visit before lay-up in Scotland.

The Old Royal Naval College and the University

The Old Royal Naval College. The Chapel is on the left and the Painted Hall Dining Room is on the right. The master design for these magnificent buildings was drawn up by Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. Construction commenced in 1695 once the remains above ground of the old Royal Palace of Placentia had been cleared away. The extensive vaulted Tudor undercroft remains.

The band of the Royal Marines Beating Retreat at the Old Royal Naval College. The Duke of Edinburgh took the salute as the White Ensign was lowered for the last time following a farewell Royal Navy dinner in the Painted Hall.

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