Above: Map of old Metropolitan London. The boundary lines show all the original Metropolitan Boroughs. Those being considered in this academic year are coloured GREEN.
During the remaining months of this academic year, we shall be delving into two London Boroughs. On the north side of the Thames, we look at the old Metropolitan Borough of Poplar – now part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The Metropolitan Borough of Poplar was the furthest east of the Metropolitan London boroughs on the north side of the Thames.
On the south side of the Thames is the London Borough of Greenwich which was formed in 1965 from the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich and the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich. It should be mentioned that the London Borough of Greenwich had a name change on 3 February 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It is now known as the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Contributing factors were its historic links with the Royal Family – from medieval times onwards – and to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status as the home of the Prime Meridian.
One anomaly arises with the old Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich. It will be seen on the above map that there are two small pieces of land on the north side of the Thames marked with the letter ’N’. Although on the opposite side of the Thames to the rest of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich they came under the same administration and were known as ‘North Woolwich’. Since the formation in 1965 of the London Boroughs, these two pieces of land have been transferred to the London Borough of Newham. On the south side of the Thames, Metropolitan London extended further east than on the north side of the Thames in the form of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich.
Comment – Metropolitan London
Having spent the autumn term with a selection of items from the City of London and the spring term on part of the City of Westminster, we now turn our attention to some of the other London Boroughs. This year we look at part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the whole of the London Borough of Greenwich.
Further information about how Inner London is made up can be found by searching for two other blogs (in the search box on this Website). Their titles are listed below and they provide the background to the structure of London,
See also: London – Metropolitan Boroughs – SHOW_THE_ARTICLE
See also: London – London Boroughs – SHOW_THE_ARTICLE