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General Gordon Square

This square is named after Charles George Gordon, the Victorian military general and imperial warrior of China and Sudan

General Gordon was been born in a house on Woolwich Common. The square today is a green open space, and focal point, in the town centre. However, prior to its transformation, the square was known as the ‘smokehole’ in the 1900s due to the soot and fumes from the open ventilation cutting above the railway tunnel.

Private John George Pattison

A Victoria Cross paving stone, dedicated to Woolwich-born John Pattison (1875-1917), is located in front of the water feature. Pattison’s widow accepted the medal on his behalf for his venerable valour and heroism during the First World War.