SE10 (Greenwich) area guide

SE10
Greenwich
The SE10 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Blackheath, Blackheath Westcombe, Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich Station, Greenwich, Greenwich Station, Greenwich West, Lewisham, London, Maze Hill Station, North Greenwich Station, Peninsula.
Greenwich is the birth place of Henry VIII. He was born in 1491 at Greenwich Castle, next to the site of the present-day Royal Observatory. Henry VIII later used Greenwich Castle as a place to house his mistresses, allowing him to visit them as he pleased.

The National Maritime Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world. It was formally opened in 1937 by King George VI. It has a collection of over 2 million pieces including a collection of 100,000 volumes of maritime historic reference books dating back to the 15th century. There are also many items on display which were taken from Germany after WWII.
SE10 has a population of about 17,500 people. The majority of the housing stock consists of terraced houses and flats. West Parkside has over 300 properties, almost all of which are residential. Another street that contains some of the most residential properties in the area is John Harrison Way.

A few of the most affordable streets in SE10 include Sparta Street and Blackwall Lane. Both have average property values of under £175,000. On the higher end of the property spectrum are Gloucester Circus, Arlington Place and Diamond Terrace , which all have average values of over £1 million. These are a few of the most expensive streets in the area.
One part of the National Maritime Museum is the Royal Observatory. It is home to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and has the Prime Meridian Line through it. It was founded by King Charles II in 1675. The goals for the observatory were to promote safer navigation. This observatory is steeped in history, with some of the first telescopes and astronomical instruments. One can also stand on both sides of the Prime Meridian.

There is a large 200 acre park in SE10. Greenwich Park is filled with paths to walk around, which makes a great day out on a nice day. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, this park will host equestrian events.

SE10 is home to the Old Royal Naval College. It is the architectural centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. It is said to be the finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles.

SE10 houses the only museum in the whole world devoted entirely to fans. The Fan Museum has a collection of over 3,500 antique fans from all over the world. Some date back to the 11th century.

Public transport in the centre of Greenwich includes numerous bus services, a DLR line and an underground station. Another DLR station, Cutty Sark, is closer to the tourist attractions.