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A bit about Greenwich
This painting is looking from Nelson Road across Greenwich Church Street. To the left is the Church of St Alfege, named after Alfege, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered on this site in 1012 by The Danes.
Over the centuries there have been many churches on this site although this version of the church, designed by the great and mysterious Nicholas Hawksmoor, was opened in 1714 and consecrated in 1718. Hawksmoor worked alongside Sir Christopher Wren who designed St Pauls Cathedral. He also worked with John Vanbrugh who designed Blenheim Palace. Coincidentally, John Vanbrugh lived up on top of the hill in East Greenwich.
Greenwich is notable for its Naval history and is the location of The Royal Observatory from where Greenwich Mean Time is calculated. Its also the site of the Greenwich Meridian (0° longitude), and, until 1998, the old Royal Naval Hospital for Sailors, also designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It became The Royal Naval College in 1998 and is now owned by the Greenwich Foundation who run the National Maritime Museum. Greenwich also has an active market where i get to buy some meaty pies to chomp on whilst working.