Then and Now (1) Point Hill 1906

As part of yet another new occasional series, Greenwich then and now, I thought I’d share this strange picture with you – the view from Point Hill in 1906.

I guess the thing that’s most striking about it is that the angle is completely different to what we’d be looking at today. The only things I really recognise are St Alfege’s tower and the domes of the Old Royal Naval College – neither of which are easily viewable from the Point today.

In fact this is the best I could do a few days ago, trying to get that same angle:

The trees have grown up along the north side, which does make the Point more sheltered, but also protects us from realising just what a promontary it is, jutting out from Blackheath, looking out over the whole of London.

It must have been quite a view. I find myself imagining Jack Cade, Wat Tyler and various Cornish rebels (who must have been a bit lost to have come this way round…) standing on this funny little bit of a hill and seeing the whole of London – and a fair amount of Essex – before them.

To try to get anywhere near the same view as the shot taken just over 100 years ago, I had to go down a level, and look out over the tops of the houses – not such a good angle, but at least halfway there.

One more thing about the 1906 picture – does anyone know what the Dutch-gabled building just below the ORNC is? I can’t see it still exists.

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