The London Borough of Greenwich is a South London borough (South East London sub-region) forming part of Inner London, which itself is part of the Ceremonial County of Greater London. The borough was formed 1st April, 1965 by merging the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich with part of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich. The London Borough of Greenwich's administrative headquarters are in Woolwich and local postcodes include SE, DA and BR. The borough stretches for eight miles along the south bank of the River Thames, the longest of any London borough. The London Borough of Greenwich is the thirteenth largest of the 32 London boroughs.
Zero degrees longitude (The Prime Meridian or Greenwich Meridian) runs through Greenwich giving name to Greenwich Mean Time - referring to mean solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were both born at the long-gone Palace of Placentia in Greenwich. In the seventeenth century the town became a popular resort and many grand residences were built there. The Cutty Sark, clipper ship, is preserved in dry dock at Greenwich.
Charlton forms part of the London Borough of Greenwich in Greater London and uses the postcode SE7. Charlton is documented as 'Cerletone' in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 1093, Bishop Robert Bloet of Lincoln gave the manor of Charlton to Bermondsey Abbey. Charlton House (home of the wedding fair) is a Jacobean mansion, designed by John Thorpe, between 1607 and 1612. Charlton is well known for its football club, Charlton Athletic.