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
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
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.
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.