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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Greenwich.
In the historic county of Kent.
Modern Authority of London Borough of Greenwich.
1974 county of Greater London.
Medieval County of Kent.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ438793
Latitude 51.49488° Longitude 0.07053°

Woolwich has been described as a probable Artillery Fort, and also as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Leland includes Woolwich in a list of places in Kent with a castle.

Was there some sort of blockhouse here? There seems no particular reason to doubt Leland but nor is there any other evidence to support a fortification here other than the obvious military sense of a blockhouse here to protect the port of London. The Greater London HER records a gun emplacement at Woolwich of Spanish Armada date although this may be a revival of an early defence. Presumably somewhere under the extensive arsenal complex. The suggestively named Tower House, the property that was the heart of the later arsenal, is first recorded in 1545 and seems to have been used by the City of London as and gun manufacturing and proofing centre. Woolwich was also a synonym for Southwall at times. It is also possible that Leland was just referring to the royal docks and works already in existence here and at Deptford, or to the known blockhouses at Gray's etc. built to protect these docks.
Given map reference approximate location of Tower House. Possibly depicted as the site of 8 pieces. It may be the map is a plan of proposed rather than actual structures although these royal dockworks should have had access to artillery pieces, gunpowder and gunners.
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