Chelsea Old Church

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Chelsea Old ChurchChelsea Old Church, also known as All Saints, dates from 1157.

Henry VIII is said to have married his third wife Jane Seymour in this ancient church, soon after the execution of Anne Boleyn, and before their state wedding.

Severely damaged during World War II and rebuilt after 1945, the square-towered church does not look old from the outside. However, a glance at early prints reveals that the church is a carefully built replica of the medieval church destroyed in the Blitz.

Although somewhat cluttered, the interior of Chelsea Old Church has some interesting features. The south chapel was built by Sir Thomas More in 1528 for his own private worship. More's latin inscription here asks that he may be buried next to his wife. Other Tudor memorials include a chapel built in memory of Sir Thomas Lawrence, an Elizabethan merchant.

Eminent local families also represented here. A 17th century monument marks the resting place of Lady Jane Cheyne, whose husband gave his name to Cheyne Walk. The American novelist Henry James (1843 - 1916) mostly lived in England and has a memorial at Chelsea Old Church.

The church contains the only chained books in a London church. These were given by Sir Hans Sloane, whose monument can be seen in the churchyard.

In the garden outside the church is a statue of Sir Thomas More, who sits looking out over the Thames.

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Sydney House Chelsea
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel from 108 34% off
9- 11 Sydney Street, SW3 | 10 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
The Sydney House Chelsea is a converted town house located in a Grade II listed building, just moments from the King's Road in London's fashionable Chelsea ... More
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33 Roland Gardens, SW7 | 11 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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My Chelsea London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel from 86 27% off
35 Ixworth Place, SW3 | 11 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
A boutique hotel that is striking a balance between traditional and contemporary, myhotel Chelsea promises to offer its guests elegant pleasures, personal attention and contemporary style. ... More
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Royal Hospital Chelsea
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 11 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
Built by Sir Christopher Wren 1682-1692, the Grade I-listed Royal Hospital Chelsea was intended by King Charles II to be a home for soldiers who were ... More
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Brompton Oratory
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 19 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
Built in 1884, in the Italianate Baroque style, the Brompton Oratory is an exact imitation of the Church of the Gesu in Rome and sports some ... More
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St Columba's Church of Scotland
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Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X | 19 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
There has been a church on the site since 1884. It was bombed in 1941, rebuilt in 1955 and is now a Grade II listed building. ... More
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24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, Chelsea, London SW3 | 1 minute from Chelsea Old Church
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Proud Chelsea
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161 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 7 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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National Army Museum
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Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 10 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW10 | 7 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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90 Lots Road, SW10 | 11 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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Le QuecumBar
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42-44 Battersea High Street, SW11 | 13 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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49-51 Old Church Street, Chelsea, London SW3 | 2 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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55B Old Church Street, Chelsea, London SW3 | 2 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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Designers Guild
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267 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 3 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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Cheyne Walk Brasserie
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50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3 | 1 minute from Chelsea Old Church
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The Pig's Ear
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35 Old Church Street, Chelsea, London SW3 | 2 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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Buona Sera at the Jam
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289A King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 3 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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1 Hester Road, Battersea, London SW11 | 5 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 19 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
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23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 27 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
Evening and weekend classes in life drawing and painting, taught by tutors from the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Society of British Sculptors. ... More
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Chelsea Physic Garden
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66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London SW3 | 7 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
The largest fruiting olive tree in Britain and the world's northern-most outdoor grapefruit tree call the historic Chelsea Physic Gardens home. Hidden behind towering brick walls, ... More
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Lush Spa
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123 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 8 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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Cremorne Riverside, Cremorne Gardens, Lots Road, SW10 | 9 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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35 Old Church Street, Chelsea, London SW3 | 2 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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The Cadogan Arms
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298 Kings Road, Chelsea, Chelsea, London SW3 | 4 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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The Westbridge Public House and Dining Rooms
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74 - 76 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 | 6 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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Beaver Lodge
London > Nightlife > Bars
266 Fulham Road, SW10 | 11 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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Barts
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Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London SW3 | 12 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
Taking its inspiration from the American speakeasy movement, Barts is a tiny, intimate and relaxed bar in South Kensington which promises a refreshingly fun experience - ... More
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Albert's
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
92 Old Brompton Road, SW7 | 13 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
The guys behind Boujis, Raffles and Mahiki - Jake Parkinson-Smith, Carlo Carello, Piers Adam and Fraser Carruthers - offer a party place ... More
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Chelsea Physic Garden
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66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, Chelsea, London SW3 | 7 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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National Army Museum
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Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, Chelsea, London SW3 | 10 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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Royal Hospital Chelsea
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Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 11 minutes from Chelsea Old Church
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