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Queen Mary II therefore ordered that the buildings be split, providing an avenue leading from the river through the hospital grounds up to the Queen's House and Greenwich Hill beyond.
This gave the hospital its distinctive look, with its buildings arranged in a number of quadrants.
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A Royal Hospital School opened on the site in 1712 to provide assistance and education to the orphans of seafarers in the Royal and Merchant Navies.
In 1933 it moved to Holbrook, Suffolk (where it remains today); the old school buildings were reopened the following year as the National Maritime Museum.
Sir John Vanbrugh succeeded Wren as architect, completing the complex to Wren's original plans.
The charity's head office is located in the City of London.Greenwich Hospital was a permanent home for retired sailors of the Royal Navy, which operated from 1692 to 1869.Its buildings were later used by the Royal Naval College, Greenwich and the University of Greenwich, and are now known as the Old Royal Naval College.where pensioners were attended by trained medical staff (Sir John Liddell was for a time senior medical officer).After some adaptation and rebuilding this became the Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital in 1870 (taking its name from a hospital ship moored off Greenwich).