Here is the graveyard of many brave words, bold promises, fine projects. But wait before you draw conclusions.
Stand across the River in Island Gardens and see the same view which Canaletto painted about 1752 (see next page). This view of Greenwich Hospital may have been commissioned by Consul Joseph Smith for his residence on the Grand Canal. He was British Consul in Venice from 1744 to 1760, where he entertained many English Grand Tourists. Canaletto worked in England from 1746 to late 1755. This view was probably begun in 1752, perhaps to mark the Hospital’s completion in the previous year.
Dating from 1616, Trinity Hospital is the oldest surviving building in Greenwich town centre and is seen here dwarfed by Greenwich Power Station, which was completed in 1910.
The Gypsy Moth pub and St Alfege’s Church from the Cutty Sark esplanade. The London River Commuters met every Monday in the Gypsy Moth between 1972 and 1976.
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The view downriver from Greenwich in 1975 showing the East Greenwich Gas Works, which in 1965 was the world’s largest gas manufacturing plant. A Cable and Wireless ship is seen loading trans-oceanic submarine cable.
Drawings by Neil Macfadyen illustrating Downstream to Greenwich, by Paul Tempest.
A fortress-like folly built by Sir John Vanburgh (or Vanbrugh), the architect and dramatist, for his own occupation when he was Surveyor to the Royal Naval Hospital in 1719. Sir John lived there from 1719 to 1726. The castle is modelled on the French Bastille, where Vanbrugh was imprisoned on charges of spying for the British in 1692.
The main entrance to the Ranger’s House facing onto Blackheath, viewed from the former lawns of the Greenwich Bowling Club. The back of the building faces onto the Rose Garden in Greenwich Park.
Drinkers enjoying a pint outside the Union Tavern, now called the Cutty Sark. The old Harbour Master’s House and Office is in the background.
A view of the Cutty Sark down King William Street from the north-west entrance to Greenwich Park.
If the parks be ‘the fungs of London’we wonder what Greenwich Fair Is – a periodical breaking out, we suppose – a sort of spring rash.