Friday, 3 October 2014

London Studies Feature Greenwich

Edenbridge U3A 
London Studies Visit to Greenwich
19th September 2014

The best way to arrive at Greenwich is by water. So on a calm, dry Autumn day we took the water bus from London Bridge pier for the 20 minute journey.

After a much needed coffee stop we met our knowledgeable guide who took us on a brief tour of the major parts of historic Greenwich  - the site of Greenwich Palace, the exterior of the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum.

We were next guided through the delights of the former naval hospital for retired sailors, designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren. We started off in the chapel which was beautifully restored in the nineteenth century after a disastrous fire caused by a drunken sailor!

The guide then took us to the Painted Hall which is full of the most beautiful murals and painted ceilings celebrating the reign of William and Mary, an awe inspiring place to end a fascinating morning.

After lunch some of us visited the Queen's House, built by Charles 1 for his wife. This gem of early 17th Century architecture is full of paintings of many of the personalities who visited Greenwich over the centuries. 

It was a visit enjoyed by everyone who went on it with the good weather being an added bonus.

Colin Fairman October 2014