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John Havers (active 1854)

Greenwich Pensioners 1854

RCIN 2906158

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The Royal Hospital at Greenwich was opened in 1705 for veterans of the Navy. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited it on 27 June 1840. The Queen wrote in her Journal for that day: 'we were rowed down the river to Greenwich, getting there before 1/2 p. 12 ... Greenwich is a beautiful place and it was a very interesting sight, and I am so glad to have visited the Royal Hospital. In the Dining Halls, we tasted the soup prepared for the men, which was excellent.' However, in the late 1800s, numbers at the hospital began to decline due to Britain's relative peace at sea. In 1869, an Act was passed which granted annuities to the remaining residents to replace their in-pensions so they no longer had to live there. The building was then used to accommodate students from the Royal Naval College which was founded in 1873. It now forms part of the University of Greenwich and the Trinity College of Music.