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New book looking at Greenwich Peninsula history published

A new book has been published by local historian and former Greenwich Cllr Dr Mary Mills looking at the history of Greenwich Peninsula.

Here’s the press release: “Greenwich Peninsula – Greenwich Marsh: History of an Industrial Heartland” details the transformation of this former marshland into the vibrant, cutting edge district that it is today.

Readers will discover more about the Peninsula’s history in the industries of gunpowder, ship-building, cable-making, telecommunications and more.

Recently demolished gas holder. An adjacent holder was bombed by the IRA

The new 232-page book, available exclusively through Amazon, is the latest release from Mills who has written extensively about the area through a number of books and articles.

Dr Mills commented: “Explaining to people the scale of change in this remarkable area and the impact it has had on the world has been my passion in recent decades. Hopefully this new book will make the history of the Peninsula accessible to anyone who is interested in, or has a connection to, this unique location.”

Mary Mills has lived in Greenwich for 50 years and for 14 years was the local Labour councillor for the Peninsula and East Greenwich. She is also the Chair of Greenwich Industrial History Society.

The book can be purchased here.


  1. Roy

    Just thinking that its a shame that the Gas Holder couldn’t have been retained and utilised as a structure for innovative housing….always the word is Demolition….something been there 100 years gone

  2. Thanks @Murky, I shall be ordering the book in due course.

  3. Graham

    It will make for an interesting read Murky.

    How this Borough as changed over the last 60 years !!

  4. I hope there will be photos of the pre-A102(M). I grew up in Humber Road, but don’t remember a time before then.

    • Steven Norris

      Like you Roy i would like to see some photos as my grandad, nan and uncle worked at the Esso depot when i was a kid in the 50’s. I just vaguely remember bits of it

  5. Martyn

    Uncle used to work at Tunnel Refineries. The smell there was very sickly.

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