Great Harry to Great War and beyond
Four centuries before, it was Woolwich Dockyard, built by order of King Henry VIII in 1513. His flagship The Great Harry (also Henri Grâce à Dieu) was built there and in her day it was possibly the largest ship in the world. The dockyard was expanded over the years and many more prestigious ships would be built there until the late 19th century. In 1667, England feared the Dutch would raid the dockyard, as it had happened on the driveway.