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Trinity House

Trinity House

Henry VII founded Trinity House in 1513. It is a unique maritime organisation, which has always had as its prime objective the safety of shipping and the welfare of seafarers.

Thomas Malton (publisher), 2 September 1799
© National Maritime Museum, London


Royal Exchange

Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange in Threadneddle Street was set up in 1566 by Sir Thomas Gresham, who wanted to make London the new financial and commercial centre of Europe. Merchants and brokers met here daily and it soon became the centre of London's business life.

Samuel Wale (artist): John Green (engraver), 1761
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The Royal Arsenal

The Royal Arsenal

Development of the present site of Royal Arsenal West, then known as Woolwich Warren, began in 1671 when the Crown purchased the old mansion known as Tower Place together with 31 acres of land, for use as an ordnance storage depot. By the end of the 17th century the Royal Laboratory was constructed for the purpose of manufacturing ammunition, fuses and gun-powder.

Unknown., c.1750
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The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

The Royal Observatory was founded on 22 June 1675 by King Charles II, and was built specifically to do work which would help to solve the problem of finding longitude - one's exact position east and west - while at sea and out of sight of land.

Unknown, c.1901
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Greenwich Hospital

Greenwich Hospital

A Royal Charter in 1694 established the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, for the relief and support of seamen and their dependants and for the improvement of navigation. Sir Christopher Wren planned the site.

Unknown, c. December 1935
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