Ormidea is an independent publisher of books and mobile apps

Based in Greenwich we produce guide books and apps for the local area.

In book format we are covering places that are under represented by accessible information and our aim is to produce titles that explain the importance and historical background of these places in an interesting and educational way.

Our Android app MyGuide is a GPS enabled audio guide that forms a truly interactive guide book that can actually take you on a personalised tour. This available on the Google Play Store and free for Greenwich.

Current Publications

Lesnes Abbey

What was intended to be one of the great religious houses of London now lies in ruins on the outskirts of Greenwich. Fronting a beautiful woodland on the river escarpment the ruins have a fascinating history and offer a fabulous escape from the city.

- Who founded the abbey and why

- Why is a lady's heart still buried in a ruined chapel?

- Which saint brought pilgrims here?

- Where was the brewery?

- When was the abbey closed down?

- How did the abbey fall foul of the law?

Kings, murder, intrigue, inheritance and corruption all contribute to a fascinating tale.

How to Purchase

You may find copies at local retailers, if not, order on-line at amazon

Current Applications

MyGuide Greenwich

A tour guide in your pocket

My Guide is like an audio guide for the great outdoors. It shows you where you are, and the best places to visit. Choose a walk or tour based on the time you have available and what you want to see and it will guide you to each destination where you can listen to a commentary as you look around. Alternatively just wander about and discover places in your own time with My Guide notifying you whenever you reach a point of interest.

Enjoy your visit at your pace... want to stop for a picnic... seen a nice bar... then stop and carry on later.

Reliable... The map and guide can be downloaded to your phone so if there is no signal or you are on expensive roaming charges you don't need to worry.

How to download

You can get it from Google Play... only available on android!


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Ormidea is run by Chris Hawkins who has lived in Greenwich for more than 30 years

"Greenwich is a fabulous place. I love the fact it is located on the river and has so much green space as it feels so open, but there is still all this incredible history crammed into a relatively small area. It has changed a lot since I first moved here, but although some of the old world character has been lost, overall it has really got much more beautiful and interesting over the years. It is a real pleasure to be able to write about it and share it with others"

Ormidea was the unwanted love child of Aphrodite and Hermes.

Ignored by her parents, insecure and desparate for attention, she seduced the sea god Poseidon. He immediately fell in love and offered her marriage, but she rejected his proposal saying she hated living in the sea as it was so cold and dull like him.

Filled with a tempestuous rage he chased her out of the sea and across the land in the form of a three headed serpent at the head of a raging tsunami.

Just as her hope of escape began to fade the ground began to rise leaving Poseidon thrashed angrily on the rocks, the heads of his serpents spitting with fury.

Amazed by the spectacle and Ormidea's courage, the secretive mountain building god Orogenus welcomed her to the safety of his sacred mountains.

Aphrodite and Hermes mourned the loss of their daughter who they assumed Poseidon had taken, regretting how badly they had treated her.

However, Orogenus was teaching Ormidea how to craft the beauty of every peak and valley. Hating Poseidon, the sea and her parents, she now learnt to love the land more than anything else.

With the help of Orogenus' wife Aether, the goddess of the wind, she learnt to fly and spent her time as a sprite, bewitching any mortal who entered her realm into seeing unspeakable beauty all around them.