Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich

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Woolwich Town Hall
Woolwich within the County of London
 • Created 1900
 • Abolished 1965
 • Succeeded by London Borough of Greenwich
London Borough of Newham
Status Metropolitan borough
Government Woolwich Borough Council
 • HQ Wellington Street
 • Motto Clamant nostra tela in Regis querela
(Our weapons clash in the King's quarrel)
Arms of Woolwich Metropolitan Borough Council
Coat of arms of the borough council

The Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich was a metropolitan borough in the County of London from 1900 to 1965. It was formed from the civil parishes of Eltham, Plumstead and Woolwich. Its former area is now part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Borough of Newham.

Formation and boundaries

The borough was formed from three civil parishes: Eltham, Plumstead and Woolwich. In 1930 these three were combined into a single civil parish called Borough of Woolwich, which was conterminous with the metropolitan borough.[1]

Previous to the borough's formation it had been administered by three separate local bodies: Lee District Board of Works, Plumstead Vestry and Woolwich Local Board of Health.

Population and area

The area of the borough varied between 8,277 and 8,282 acres (33.5 km2). The population, as recorded at the census, was:[2]

Constituent parishes 1801-1899

Year[2] 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 12,619 20,983 21,277 22,411 30,787 43,177 69,064 67,880 74,963 98,966

Metropolitan Borough 1900-1961

Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1961
Population 117,178 121,376 140,389 146,881 [3] 147,891 146,603


The borough was divided into eleven wards for elections: Burrage, Central, Dockyard, Eltham, Glyndon, Herbert, River, St George's, St Margaret's, St Mary's and St Nicholas.[4][5]

Borough council

Parliament constituency

For elections to Parliament, the borough was represented by one constituency:

In 1918 the borough's representation was increased to two seats:


Most of it was amalgamated with the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich to form the London Borough of Greenwich, but small parts north of the river, including North Woolwich, were instead included in the London Borough of Newham.


  1. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Borough of Woolwich CP through time | Census tables with data for the Parish-level Unit, A Vision of Britain through Time. Date accessed: 19th February 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 Statistical Abstract for London, 1901 (Vol. IV).
  3. The census was suspended for World War II
  4. Post Office London County Suburbs Directory, 1919. 1919. Retrieved 18 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Ordnance Survey 'County Series 3rd Edition' Map of London (1912-14) at 1:2500 scale. Accessed at

Further reading

  • Robert Donald, ed. (1907). "London: Woolwich". Municipal Year Book of the United Kingdom for 1907. London: Edward Lloyd.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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