The oldest building in Greenwich?

I went on one of those organised historical walks several years ago which was frankly a bit weird on the whole – run by one rather quiet sane person and one very eccentric character who dominated the experience – but I did take one thing away from it. A thing, in fact, that I have been unable to corroborate since, but which I throw out to the ether now in the hope that someone a bit more historically accurate can fill me in on – let’s face it – any of the details.

We were walking through the park just behind Park Vista, and pointed out part of a building – a cube-like building, with a little pyramidical roof squashed in between some more modern structures – and probably now part of one big (almost certainly splendid) house. You can only see the top bit but it’s clearly Tudor-looking brick and the bit on the ground floor much older than the walls adjacent to it.

I was told on this walk that this was the only existing part of the old palace of Placentia , and that it is the old cover for the water supply that runs through the tunnels in the park. It sort of makes sense – after all, it would have been worth building a good cover for the palace water supply to prevent would-be poisoners – but I’m not sure I buy that it’s that old. I didn’t think that any of Placentia still existed and I also thought that the water tunnels were younger than that.

Of course it’s still possible that this is the oldest building in Greenwich town. There are some old buildings here – but nothing very old – you need to go to Charlton to see Elizabethan stuff, for example, and Eltham for Tudor.

Am I wrong? IS there an older building in Greenwich? In this particular case I truly hope I’ve got the wrong end of the stick…

Enlighten me, please!

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