Greenwich District (Metropolis)

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Town Hall on Greenwich Road
Town hall from 1877 to 1900
 - 1891 3,425 acres (13.86 km2)
 - 1891 165,413
 - 1891 48/acre
 - Created 1855
 - Abolished 1900
 - Succeeded by Metropolitan Borough of Deptford
Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich
Status District
Government Greenwich District Board of Works
 - HQ Greenwich Church Street (1855–1877)
Greenwich Road (1877–1900)

Greenwich was a local government district within the metropolitan area of London, England from 1855 to 1900. It was formed by the Metropolis Management Act 1855 and was governed by the Greenwich District Board of Works, which consisted of elected vestrymen.

Until 1889 the district was partly in the counties of Kent and Surrey, but included in the area of the Metropolitan Board of Works. In 1889 the area of the MBW was constituted the County of London, and the district board became a local authority under the London County Council.


The district comprised the following civil parishes[1] (electing members)


Number of deaths reported were as follows. Greenwich parish was the location of Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich Union Workhouse and Dreadnought Hospital which explains the relatively higher death count.

Year Deptford St Nicholas Deptford St Paul Greenwich
1855[2] 166 699 1,633
1860[3] 168 778 1,070


There was a proposal in 1862 to dissolve the Greenwich District. In the Metropolis Management Amendment Bill there was provision that the Greenwich vestry would become incorporated as a local authority and the remaining area would have formed the Deptford District.[4]

The district was abolished in 1900 and split as follows:[1]


  1. ^ a b Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9. 
  2. ^ nicholas&z=-0.1869%2C0.6403%2C1.6302%2C0.7171
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  4. ^ Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command: Volume 3, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons, (1862), H.M. Stationery Office