This is something I had never done – or really had never thought about doing! So I was very happy to tag along to tick off another experience … or more likely open my eyes as a way to get to Greenwich along the river.
|Lonely Planet's Thames Hop-On-Hop-Off River Cruise|
Greenwich is to be found where the meander is shown.
London arose from the Roman fort ‘Londonium’ two millennia ago … it has enjoyed its eras – for example those Roman times: and how - we keep finding relics …
Once the Romans withdrew … the Vikings came and plundered its wealth … but from the late 800s AD Alfred the Great and his Anglo-Saxons drove out the invaders to lay claim to their port and establish a new golden age of trade along old man River Thames.
|Ethelred the Unready|
The Vikings came again, Ethelred the Unready needed Olaf the Norseman to help upset those plunderers and recapture the city: they pulled the early London Bridge down – so the Vikings left.
Benedictine Monks had in the 700s settled further up the river on Thorney Island – the early Royal residence of King Canute, then Edward the Confessor - and we know who came next: the man that conquered.
It was Edward who had established the historic division between the centre for trade – the City of London –and that of government – the City of Westminster …
… which William endorsed when he conquered England in 1066 – by issuing what is known today as the “William Charter” – see my post on this amazing tiny piece of treasured parchment.
|The Tower of London outside the eastern|
walls of the City of London
William the Conqueror built the Tower of London … which lies outside the City of London walls – yet is today still an iconic landmark for tourists and visitors alike …
|View from Greenwich Park looking|
north over the Thames and on into London
Greenwich too has had its fair share of history … it shone in the Middle Ages – Henry VIII and Elizabeth I made sure of that.
|Arms of the Metropolitan Borough of|
Greenwich - granted 15th July 1903 -
by the College of Arms
Now we are here – we will have some lunch, wander along the river, visit the Painted Hall, by-pass the Cutty Sark, before jumping onto our cruise ship for its return to Westminster Bridge – knowing that when we arrive at Parliament we will be walking over the home of 8th century Benedictine monks of Thorney Island.
On our return trip I will highlight a few of the riverside places of interest that we passed.
Ready for fooooood? - lunch comes next …
My post on The William Charter - a parchment treasure from 1067 AD (950 years ago)
Flooding in London and Europe going back one thousand years - another of my eclectic posts!
Go here to look at the route: Thames River Services - the sightseeing spots are quite clearly highlighted ...
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