A pictorial guide to the River Thames

London - Greenwich

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Greenwich is located at a latitude and longitude of 51° 28' 38" N and 0º 0' 0" E/W (by definition). It is 6 miles east of London on the south bank of the River Thames.

The buildings you see below were built on the spot where the Royal Palace of Placentia stood. Only part of the original palace remains intact.

Old Royal Naval College and University of Greenwich buildings on the bank of the River Thames.
The building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

Henry VIII was born at the Palace of Placentia in 1491, and during his marriages to Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn he spent most of his time there. Elizabeth I was born to Anne Boleyn at Placentia in 1533..

The Queen's House

In between the two domes is Queen's House, part of the original Royal Palace of Placentia.

It is now one of the buildings housing the National Maritime Museum.


Behind Queen's House in Greenwich Park is the Old Greenwich Royal Observatory, famous for being the site of the prime meridian, or 0 degrees longitude.

The Cutty Sark is the most famous tea clipper built, and is the only one to survive. She is now in dry dock at Greenwich. As a tea clipper the Cutty Sark played an important role in the world tea trade. 

Cutty Sark

Power Station

Millennium Dome
Summary - from source to sea


Start of Voyage down the Thames Contents Page Introduction
Facts about the Thames Flooding Thames Basin
Pollution Erosion Tributaries

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