National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Maritime History of Greenwich


Type Mural

     Mural in ceramic tiles, stones and pebbles of varying sizes depicting Greenwich's maritime history. The tiles are shaped and intricately moulded to represent the figures and their clothing and detail of the ships and rigging. The background comprises pebbles and cut stones of varying sizes representing the riverside. The mural faces the street on the wall of a small courtyard in the former Greenwich District Hospital.
     Pevsner gives 1972. Building 1961-76. 'Cheerful mural . . . by Philippa Threlfall, pebbles and ceramics in concrete, 1972, showing the history of Greenwich riverside'.(1) The hospital closed at the beginning of March 2001apart from one unit on the site. The building has since been let out for location filming but its ultimate fate is not known yet.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Threlfall, Philippa Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Ceramic tiles, pebbles and stones 210cm high x 2268cm wide x 4cm deep approx
Front panel Ceramic tiles, pebbles and stones 210cm high x 1768cm wide
Side returns Ceramic tiles, pebbles and stones Each: 210cm high x 250cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Don't know
Surface condition
  • Accretions
Structural condition
Road Woolwich Road
Precise location On outer wall of small courtyard at side of Greenwich Hospital building facing main road
A-Z ref 78 6D
OS ref TQ395782
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1975
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? At Risk

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