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For other places with the same name, see Woolwich (disambiguation).
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OS grid reference:TQ435795
Latitude: 51.496157°
Longitude: 0.068188°
London borough: Greenwich
County level: Greater London
Region: London
Constituent country:England
Sovereign state:United Kingdom
Ceremonial county: Greater London
Historic county: Kent
Police force: Metropolitan Police
Fire brigade: London Fire Brigade
Ambulance service: London Ambulance
Post office and telephone
Post town: LONDON
Postal district: SE18
Dialling code:020
UK Parliament: Greenwich and Woolwich
London Assembly: Greenwich and Lewisham
European Parliament: London
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Woolwich ['wʊlɪtʃ] is a suburb in south-east London, England in the London Borough of Greenwich, on the south side of the River Thames, though the tiny exclave of North Woolwich (which is now part of the London Borough of Newham) is on the north side of the river.

It is notable as a river crossing point, having the Woolwich Ferry (and the lesser-known Woolwich foot tunnel) to North Woolwich, and as the one-time home of the Woolwich Building Society (now relocated in Bexleyheath and owned by Barclays Bank). River boat services operate five days a week to central London (Savoy Pier) from a new pier erected next to the former Arsenal.

Its history is strongly associated with Britain's military past. It was home to the Woolwich Dockyard (founded in 1512), the Royal Arsenal (dating back to 1671), the Royal Military Academy (1741) and the Royal Horse Artillery (1793); it still retains an army base at the Royal Artillery Barracks, and the Royal Artillery Museum.

Football club Arsenal F.C. was founded in Woolwich in 1886 by workers at the Arsenal - the club was initially known as Dial Square, then Royal Arsenal and then became Woolwich Arsenal in 1891. It moved to Highbury in north London in 1913, and dropped the Woolwich prefix the following year.

Woolwich Polytechnic, founded in 1892, after merging with other colleges, became Thames Polytechnic in 1970. In 1992 it was granted university status as the University of Greenwich. In 2000, the University began a relocation to the Old Royal Naval College, several miles to the west in Greenwich town centre, leaving only an administrative presence in Woolwich. It is home to the United Kingdom's first McDonald's (the 3,000th in the world), which opened in 1974.


[edit] Recent development

The town centre is starting to enjoy a small renaissance as the old Royal Arsenal site is redeveloped, other developments are planned and the Docklands Light Railway extension is under construction. Several high street chains previously absent from Woolwich have started to arrive or return and longer established shops have been refurbished. Massive redevelopment of the area around Love Lane is in the final stages of consultation. It would see the demolition of most of the buildings in the area (including the Post Office, Peggy Middleton House and Thomas Spencer Halls of Residence) and the building of a massive development of housing, local shops and a large Tesco. A tall residential tower block is planned for General Gordon Square. There are concerns from some local residents over the design of the development.

Planning for further development around the "Woolwich Triangle" area at the other end of town is in the early stages. This development is notable because it includes plans to demolish the old art deco Co-Op building at the west end of Powis Street.

The 2012 Summer Olympics will include Woolwich as a venue for shooting events. This combined with the optimistic redevelopment of much of Woolwich has led house prices to rise quite rapidly.

Woolwich was used as a location for the 2006 movie Children of Men.

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[edit] Transport

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A terminus for the Docklands Light Railway has been constructed and has been open since December 2005. King George V station is close to the north side of the Woolwich foot tunnel.

A new Docklands Light Railway station is under construction next to the existing Woolwich Arsenal railway station.

The free Woolwich Ferryna b allow her man and go out with Tessa init LOL!and pedestrians during the day until 8pm on Weekdays. A two boat service runs on Mondays to Saturdays and Sundays only has a one boat service. Woolwich foot tunnel is also available for use by pedestrians at any time. It is served by lifts during traditional shopping hours. The Thames flood barrier is located a mile upstream from the tunnel and ferry.

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