Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College is the centerpiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and contains classical buildings designed by some of England’s most renowned architects.

The site was originally occupied by a manor house built in the 1420’s which was later acquired by Queen Margaret of Anjou who extended it to create the Palace of Placentia. The Palace was rebuilt by Henry VII in the late 1490’s and was the birthplace of Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I. The buildings however fell into disrepair during the English Civil War and were subsequently demolished.

In 1694 King Charles Court and the grounds received Royal Warrant from William III for the establishment of the Royal Hospital of Seamen and work commenced in 1696 to build four major buildings (Courts) to Sir Christopher Wrens designs to house over 2000 naval veterans. The Hospital was closed in 1869 due to declining numbers of veterans and was re-opened as the Royal Naval College in 1873, and continued as a naval education establishment until 1997. In 1997 the Greenwich Foundation was established to conserve the estate and create a heritage attraction for enjoyment, learning and cultural experiences.


DBR London was appointed as the conservation contractor in 2006 to provide craft maintenance for the historic building fabric. 

We have been providing these services for the past decade for the Scheduled Monuments on the Estate including masonry repair, metalwork conservation, traditional roofing including leadwork, and decorative finishes including lead based paints and gilding.


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