Royal Borough of Greenwich

Royal Borough of Greenwich
Royal borough
Coat of arms of Royal Borough of Greenwich
Coat of arms
Official logo of Royal Borough of Greenwich
Council logo
Motto: We Govern by Serving
Greenwich shown within Greater London
Greenwich shown within Greater London
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region London
Ceremonial county Greater London
Status Royal borough
Admin HQ Woolwich
Incorporated 1 April 1965
Government
 • Type London borough council
 • Body Greenwich London Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Labour)
 • Mayor Cllr Jim Gillman
 • MPs Teresa Pearce
Clive Efford
Nick Raynsford
 • London Assembly Len Duvall AM for Greenwich and Lewisham
 • EU Parliament London
Area
 • Total 18.28 sq mi (47.35 km2)
Area rank 273rd (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 255,500
 • Rank 54th (of 326)
 • Density 14,000/sq mi (5,400/km2)
 • Ethnicity[1]

52.3% White British
1.7% White Irish
0.2% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
8.3% Other White
1.6% White & Black Caribbean
1.1% White & Black African
0.9% White & Asian
1.3% Other Mixed
3.1% Indian
1% Pakistani
0.6% Bangladeshi
2% Chinese
5% Other Asian
13.8% Black African
3.2% Black Caribbean
2.1% Other Black
0.4% Arab

1.4% Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Postcodes SE, DA
Area code(s) 020
Police force Metropolitan Police
Website www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

The Royal Borough of Greenwich (UK /ɡrɪnɪ/ GRIN-ij;[2][3][4] Listeni/ɡrɛnɪ/ GREN-ich or /ɡrɛnɪ/ GREN-ij)[5][6][7] is an London borough in south-east London, England. Taking its name from the historic town of Greenwich, the London Borough of Greenwich was formed in 1965 by the amalgamation of the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich with part of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich to the east. The local council is Greenwich Borough Council.

Greenwich is world famous as the traditional location of the Prime Meridian, on which all Coordinated Universal Time is based. The Prime Meridian running through Greenwich and the Greenwich Observatory is where the designation Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT began, and on which all world times are based. In 2012, Greenwich was listed as a top ten global destination by Frommer's – the only UK destination to be listed.

Greenwich was one of six host boroughs for the 2012 London Olympics and events were held at the Royal Artillery Barracks (Shooting), Greenwich Park (Equestrianism) and The O2-former Millennium Dome (Gymnastics; Basketball).

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, Greenwich became a Royal Borough on 3 February 2012, due in part to its historic links with the Royal Family, and to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status as home of the Prime Meridian.[8][9][10]

HistoryEdit

It was formed in 1965 by merging the former areas of the metropolitan boroughs of Greenwich and most of Woolwich (with the exception of North Woolwich, north of the river, which became part of the London Borough of Newham).

The name 'Charlton' was briefly considered for the borough.[11] Greenwich once applied for city status, but was turned down. If the application had been accepted the borough would have been known as the City of Greenwich, similarly to the City of Westminster.

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, on 3 February 2012 Greenwich became the fourth Royal Borough, an honour additional to its historic links with the Royal Family, and its status as home of the Prime Meridian and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

GeographyEdit

The borough lies along the south bank of the River Thames between Deptford and Thamesmead. It has an area of 5,044 hectares. Because of the bends of the river, its waterfront is as long as 8.5 miles. Travelling south away from the waterfront, the ground rises: Shooters Hill in the east and the high ground of Blackheath in the west bookend the borough, Eltham to the south of these hills falls away slightly.

Greenwich is bounded by the London Boroughs of Bexley to the east, Bromley to the south, Lewisham to the west and across the River Thames to the north lie Tower Hamlets, Newham and Barking and Dagenham.

DemographicsEdit

The borough's population in 2011 was 254,557.[12] 52.3% of the community defined themselves as white British. The largest minority groups represented were of Black and Asian heritage.

LandmarksEdit

Greenwich and Observatory

Central Greenwich Town contains a UNESCO World Heritage Site centred on Christopher Wren's Royal Naval College and the Old Royal Observatory.

Civic affairsEdit

MayorEdit

The 2013/14 Mayor is Cllr Angela Cornforth.

Shaped like an astrolabe, the 18ct gold badge on the Mayor's chain embodies the ‘time-ball’ on the principal building of the old Greenwich Royal Observatory, the meridian line and lines of latitude and longitude. The ‘time-ball’ is set with small rubies.

ExecutiveEdit

The Executive is composed of ten Labour members, led by Cllr Chris Roberts (Glyndon ward) who has been Leader of the Council since 2001.

Coat of armsEdit

Arms were originally granted to the London Borough by letters patent dated 1 October 1965.[13] Although much of the 1965 design has been retained, the arms have been altered in 2012 by the addition of a representation of the Thames. In addition a crest and supporters were added to the arms.[14]

TwinningEdit

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is twinned with:

PoliticsEdit

Greenwich London Borough CouncilEdit

Map showing the borders of London Borough of Greenwich and its 17 wards

Greenwich London Borough Council comprises 51 councillors. The Labour Party currently has an overall majority on the council, holding 40 seats, with the Conservatives holding 11. Labour has had a majority on the council since 1971.

Westminster ParliamentEdit

The borough contains the constituencies of:

As of the 2010 General Election, all three are represented by Labour MPs.

EducationEdit

SchoolsEdit

Further educationEdit

Greenwich Community College is the main publicly funded provider of further education in the borough offering a range of academic and vocational courses and qualifications. Anglian College London is a private college offering further and higher education courses to students from around London and overseas. In September 2013, The Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre - a partnership between Hadlow College and the Royal Borough of Greenwich - opened. At present it offers Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications in horse care as well as a range of part-time qualifications and a BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation.

UniversitiesEdit

The University of Greenwich main campus is located in the distinctive buildings of the former Royal Naval College. There is a further campus of the university at Avery Hill in Eltham, and also, outside the borough, in Medway. The Faculty of Music of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, (formerly known as Trinity College of Music) is also housed in the buildings of the former Greenwich Hospital.

Sport within the boroughEdit

Greenwich has many sports centres and these are run by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL). The largest football club in the borough is Charlton Athletic F.C. a professional football club playing in the Football League Championship. There are two Non-League football clubs Bridon Ropes F.C. and Meridian F.C. who both play in Woolwich at Meridian Sports & Social Club. There are also several Swimming clubs and Rugby clubs. The Council owns and runs one outdoor swimming pool, the Charlton Lido, which is currently closed to the public.

Greenwich was one of the five host boroughs for the 2012 Summer Olympics and hosted 34 events in nine sports at three venues across the borough.[15] Greenwich Park hosted equestrian events and modern pentathlon, the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich hosted shooting events, and The O2 arena hosted gymnastics and basketball finals.

TransportEdit

River crossingsEdit

There are foot tunnels under the River Thames between Greenwich and Island Gardens in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and between Woolwich and North Woolwich in the London Borough of Newham. The Woolwich Ferry takes vehicle traffic and links the North Circular Road to the South Circular Road which runs through the borough. A new cable car linking Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks opened 28 June 2012.[16]

River transportEdit

The Thames Clipper commuter ferry service runs from Woolwich to Canary Wharf and the City.

Railway stationsEdit

All stations are served by Southeastern.

A Crossrail station is currently under construction at Woolwich Arsenal.

Tube/DLR stationsEdit

Travel to workEdit

In March 2011, the main forms of transport that residents used to travel to work were: driving a car or van, 17.5% of all residents aged 16–74; train, 10.2%; bus, minibus or coach, 10.2%; underground, metro, light rail, tram, 9.7%; on foot, 4.1%; work mainly at or from home, 2.5%; bicycle, 1.5%.[17]

PlacesEdit

Parks and open spacesEdit

The borough contains the Greenwich Royal Park. A small part of the Metropolitan Green Belt is within the borough.

ReligionEdit

The Greenwich borough is predominantly Christian (2001 Census). The Christian Church is represented by various denominations, among which are Church of England, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Evangelical, Brethren, Pentecostal, Quakers, etc. Non-Trinitarian groups also exist. Besides these there are various other religious minorities including Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus and Jews.

In the 2001 Census, 29% of Greenwich described themselves as non-religious, or did not state their faith.[18]

2013 Woolwich attackEdit

On the afternoon of 22 May 2013, a British Army soldier, Drummer (Fusilier) Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was attacked and killed by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.[19][20][21][22][23] The dead soldier had been dragged into the road and was later attended to by at least two female passers-by, including a Cub Scouts leader who confronted one of the men.[24]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2011 Census: Ethnic group, local authorities in England and Wales, Office for National Statistics (2012). See Classification of ethnicity in the United Kingdom for the full descriptions used in the 2011 Census.
  2. ^ Wells, John C. (2000). Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (2nd edition ed.). Harlow: Pearson Education Limited. ISBN 0-582-36467-1. 
  3. ^ Jones, Daniel (1997). English Pronouncing Dictionary (15th edition ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-45903-6. 
  4. ^ Collins English Dictionary (3rd updated edition ed.). HarperCollins. 1994. ISBN 0-00-470678-1. 
  5. ^ "Greenwich Mean Time". American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Houghton Mifflin. 2001. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Greenwich" in Merriam–Webster
  7. ^ "Greenwich" in Webster's New World Dictionary
  8. ^ "Greenwich to become Royal Borough". Greenwich London Borough Council. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Greenwich to become Royal Borough on 3 February". Greenwich Council. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Letters Patent dated 3 February 2012 The London Gazette: no. 60205. p. 13300. 11 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Names for Nine New Boroughs of London" The Times, 14 September 1963
  12. ^ http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census/key-statistics-and-quick-statistics-for-wards-and-output-areas-in-england-and-wales/rft---qs211ew-wm.xls
  13. ^ Briggs, Geoffrey (1971). Civic and Corporate Heraldry: A Dictionary of Impersonal Arms of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. London: Heraldry Today. pp. 184–185. ISBN 0-900455-21-7. 
  14. ^ "The borough's coat of arms and crest". Greenwich Council. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  15. ^ http://www.greenwich.gov.uk/info/200131/greenwich_2012_community/1031/whats_in_store_for_greenwich_in_2012
  16. ^ "Thames cable car in London opens for passengers". Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "2011 Census: QS701EW Method of travel to work, local authorities in England and Wales". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  Percentages are of all residents aged 16-74 including those not in employment. Respondents could only pick one mode, specified as the journey’s longest part by distance.
  18. ^ http://www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/profiles/00al.asp
  19. ^ "Woolwich attack: Killed man 'was soldier'". BBC News. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Woolwich attack victim confirmed as serving soldier". Ministry of Defence, Prime Ministers Office, Home Office. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "An atrocity in London: Return to old-style terror". The Economist. 25 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Woolwich terrorist attack: Lee Rigby inquest begins as Queen Elizabeth pays tribute". ABC News. 1 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Woolwich murder: With universal condemnation comes the need for wise action". The Independent. 29 May 2013. 
  24. ^ Conal Urquhart (23 May 2013). "Woolwich attack: interview with Ingrid Loyau-Kennett". The Guardian (London: GMG). ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°27′N 0°03′E / 51.450°N 0.050°E / 51.450; 0.050

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