This is the date on the plaque situated on the front of the Tudor Barn. But there are good reasons for thinking that it wasn't the year the Barn was built.

The medieval house on Moat Island was bought and demolished
The Pleasaunce was officially opened by the Mayor of Woolwich on 25 May 1933.

Coun R A M Walters, of Greenvale Road, was presented with a gold commemorative key, still in the possession of his family.

Coun Walters had been born in central London in 1867 before his family moved to Plumstead. Census records show him being a 'nurse boy' at the age of 13, a term meaning that he had been fostered. He spent all his working life as a clerk at the Royal Arsenal and had been sat on Woolwich Borough Council for 26 years when he became Mayor. He fathered eight children with his first wife, who died in 1915 and three further children with his second wife. He is buried in St John's Churchyard, Eltham.

The Tudor Barn and Pleasaunce were opened; the Barn was a library, art gallery and museum; the Pleasaunce as formal gardens.

The Pleasaunce was restored to its former glory thanks to a successful bid by Greenwich Council to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Last Updated: 12th-Jan-2007 00:51 Print
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