Woolwich Town Hall
Woolwich within the County of London
|• Succeeded by||London Borough of Greenwich|
London Borough of Newham
|Government||Woolwich Borough Council|
|• HQ||Wellington Street|
|• Motto||Clamant nostra tela in Regis querela|
(Our weapons clash in the King's quarrel)
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.
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.
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.
The area of the borough varied between 8,277 and 8,282 acres (33.5 km2). The population, as recorded at the census, was:
Constituent parishes 1801-1899
Metropolitan Borough 1900-1961
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.
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.