Greenwich Park: SE10 8QY
Greenwich Park is a former hunting park in Greenwich and one of the largest single green spaces in south-east London.
One of the Royal Parks of London, and the first to be enclosed (in 1433), it covers 74 hectares (180 acres) and is part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site.
It commands fine views over the River Thames, the Isle of Dogs and the City of London.
The estate of some 200 acres (81 ha) was originally owned by the Abbey of St. Peter at Ghent, but reverted to the Crown in 1427 and was given by Henry VI to his uncle Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester.
In the 15th century the park was mostly heathland and probably used for hawking. In the next century, deer were introduced by Henry VIII for hunting, and a small collection of deer is maintained today in an area to the south east.
Greenwich Park was used for outdoor London scenes including representing the street, Constitution Hill in the 2009 film The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend.
The park is roughly rectangular in plan with sides 1000 metres by 750 metres and oriented with the long sides lying NNW to SSE. In what follows this direction is taken to be N to S for ease of exposition.
Roughly in the centre, on the top of the hill, is the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Outside is a statue of General James Wolfe in a small plaza from which there are majestic views across London. At the northern edge is the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House, and beyond those Greenwich Hospital. This amazing viewpoint of London also shows the River Thames, the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, the City of London to the northwest and the Millennium Dome to the north.
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