Explore East Greenwich
Walks / Cycling
East Greenwich is a fantastic place to explore, with many riverside walks and cycling opportunities. From the stately grandeur of the Old Royal Naval College, the architectural gems of Trafalgar Road and Woolwich Road, the industrial charm of the riverside, all the way to the ultra modern arena and entertainment complex that is The O2.
Here are some links to help you explore:
East Greenwich History Map
An extraordinary local map, created with local people and schools. The map attempts to cover 1,000 years of East Greenwich History detailing events from the Viking invasion to the construction of the Millenium Dome. An updated version is currently being worked on.
East Greenwich Pleasaunce
Situated near a busy main road, this formal, tree-lined garden is a quiet haven that houses a burial ground for around 3,000 sailors who spent their last days at the local Greenwich Royal Hospital. There is a children's playground, with a 'One O'clock Club' where children and parents can meet.
East Greenwich Pleasaunce won Green Flag Status for the first time in July 2008. The prestigious award is in recognition of the park's continuous development and improvement. This has been achieved in partnership with Greenwich Council and the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce.
Architecture and Industrial History
East Greenwich is awash with history where a multiplicity of industries flourished including the largest gas works in Europe and it is the place where world changing communications technology was developed.
The site on which a gunpowder store had originally stood was acquired in 1829 by the Enderby family, Bermondsey tanners who had made money from a white lead manufacturing process and then married into the whaling trade. On this site in East Greenwich, the Enderbys built a ropewalk (a long work area used for making ropes) and a factory for making sails and cordage, Enderby's Hemp Rope Works. On the riverfront they built Enderby House, dating from the 1830's. In the 1850's the site was bought by Glass Elliot, a pioneering company in the the new submarine cable industry, and here the first Atlantic cable was made. Submarine cables were made at Enderby's Wharf until 1975, and part of the site is still in use today by its present owner, Alcatel Submarine Networks. Recently, planning permission has been secured by West Properties for the regeneration of Enderby Wharf (a 3.6 hectare riverside location) for the provision of the new London International Cruise Liner Terminal which will create a further tourist destination in the maritime heartland of East Greenwich. The scheme also includes a mix of 770 luxury townhouses and apartments, some commercial accommodation and a 251 bedroom quality hotel set within an extensive array of public and private landscaped spaces.
Heart of East Greenwich
The development is located at the intersection of Woolwich Road and Vanbrugh Hill, the site of the former Greenwich District hospital. Work on the landmark Heart of East Greenwich project was stalled for six years due to financial reasons but in March 2012, Council leader, Cllr Roberts joined developers Hadley Mace, the Homes and Communities Agency, NHS Greenwich and London and Quadrant, to break the ground marking the start of works. The scheme will create 645 new homes, a range of retail and commercial units, and a community facility to be known as the Greenwich Centre. The centre, which is scheduled for completion in 2014, will include a healthcare facility, a library, a service centre, and a brand new leisure facility, including a gym, swimming pool complex, café and crèche.