London Borough of Greenwich created 50 years ago today

In the big local government shakeup of 1965, the London Borough of Greenwich was created, bringing together the Metropolitan boroughs of Greenwich and Woolwich. That change came in to effect fifty years ago today, with the new borough using the name of Greenwich but being based in Woolwich.

At the very last meeting of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich, councillors used the final motion to express their “deep regret that the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich” was to lose its identity on 31st March 1965.

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A week later, the councillors of the new borough met at Woolwich Town Hall for their first Annual Meeting at which the borough’s first mayor, William (Bill) Brooks, was chosen, with his proud mother who was also on the council, watching on.

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The name London Borough of Greenwich survived to 2012 when royal status was conferred upon it and it became known as the Royal Borough of Greenwich. At that time, I went through the archives and found this special newspaper supplement celebrating the new borough:

Read “The New Greenwich”

Thanks to Darry at 853 for his excellent post today which reminded me of this significant event in the calendar.

Greenwich.co.uk editor, interested in things on the river and tales from the archives.

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