Chelsea Old Church

Chelsea Old Church, London

Chelsea Old Church
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Wealth courses through The King's Road, Chelsea's upmarket artery of West London life packed with shops, eateries and glitzy nightspots. For people-watching at its best and luxury retail therapy that's largely unrivalled, this area cannot be missed. But if this showy street starts to overwhelm or a moment of price tag shock sends you reeling, a quick detour down pretty much any of many King's Road veins will reveal a quieter side of Chelsea. Here the stately Royal Hospital hosts its world-famous flower show, and the Thames rolls along at a lazy pace, with leafy Battersea Park and its Peace Pagoda beckoning from across the river.
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Annie S
United Kingdom12 contributions
Lovely old church, filled with history
Jan 2021
A walking tour along the Thames brought us past Chelsea Old Church. The exterior alone is filled with plenty of history, as it still holds several original stones. A statue of Saint Thomas More sits next to the churchyard, since More prayed inside the Chelsea Old Church when he lived in Chelsea in the 16th Century. A special part of London to visit for both a historic and spiritual spot on your tour, with some nice restaurants and views to boot.
Written February 15, 2021
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Fred K
Port Saint Lucie, FL360 contributions
Great Place for a Christening!
Sep 2019
Our grand-daughter Margot Elizabeth received her baptism on the 15th.... A glorious sunshine filled warm day in the Best tradition that Church of England has to offer!
Written September 27, 2019
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Gabby
16 contributions
visit Chelsea Old Church
Aug 2019
As part of our schedule in London we visited Chelsea Old Church as our ancestors Elers have a memorial there. very special as we had arranged to visit and were welcomed. a beautiful church with much history. very special visit on behalf of my family in NZ.
Written September 4, 2019
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,974 contributions
Old world
Nov 2018 • Couples
In the former part of Chelsea and nearer Sloane Square lies this old
church....there is a bus stop named after it so easy to find as it’s on the riverbank. Really nice inside and totally calming and peaceful.
Written February 26, 2019
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Dan M
Spokane, WA71 contributions
A Bit of Tudor History
Sep 2017 • Solo
I had several reasons for visiting Chelsea. The most compelling was to view Chelsea Old Church for its relevance to Tudor history. Once again, England should be congratulated on preserving their landmarks. This church was almost obliterated in the German bombing of 1941. Little remained standing with the exception of what I consider the most significant section, the side chapel donated by Thomas Moore in 1525. They replaced the sections that were destroyed with an exact replication of the former church while incorporating the Moore chapel. When one steps into the chapel, one leaves a relatively new church and arrives into the 16th century. Thomas built a house in close proximity to the church in 1520. In fact, the small park adjacent to the church is the former site of his orchard.
Since I wanted to make sure the church was open when I visited, I attended the 10 o’clock service, which happened to be for the children. I think it was the best children’s service I have seen. Each Sunday, the priest has the children act out the testament in costumes. He related well with the children and the adults. The congregation was very welcoming, and it was obvious they enjoyed the service.
Written December 7, 2017
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,073 contributions
Behind A Relatively Simple Exterior
Sep 2017 • Friends
Behind the brick exterior lies a treasure trove of monuments and plaques covering fascinating periods of British history. It is one of those strange buildings where, as you enter the door, the interior seems bigger than the outside. Parts were bombed in the Second World War, but mercifully much was saved including the More Chapel area with it's links to Sir Thomas More. There is a Triumphal Arch, Chained books and much else to see. Do not miss the excellent statue of Sir Thomas in the grounds. We will certainly return for a more detailed viewing and strongly recommend you make time for a visit.
Written September 17, 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Historical church
Apr 2017 • Family
Also known as All Saints, this is an Anglican Church located on Old Church Street, Chelsea, near Albert Bridge. It dates back to 1157 when it was the parish church for Chelsea. This historical church claims to have the most impressive array of monuments outside Westminster Abbey. The church has limited public opening hours. A statue of Sir Thomas is directly in front of the church.
Written June 8, 2017
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brixtontrev
United Kingdom1,472 contributions
A slice of Tudor history that managed to escape the bombs of WW2
May 2017 • Solo
Fascinating place to visit on Cheyne Walk for those with an interest in Tudor history and Thomas More in particular. The More Chapel on the south side was constructed by him in 1528. A family tomb he had constructed is here and the plaque is all in Latin though there is a wooden clipboard with an English translation on it - especially interesting is the prose poem at the end about the tomb and his family. apparently the design of the capitals of the pillars leading to the chapel are rumoured to have been designed by Hans Holbein. The other notable Tudor monument is the Dacre monument to Gregory Fienes Lord dacre of the South who inherited More's properties after More was executed. Outside is a statue of him with his shield on the rear of the statue and adjacent is Crosby Hall (now privately owned and which was moved here from Bishopsgate) a medieval merchants house which was once his Bishopsgate residence, and round the corner on Beaufort Street, a short walk away,is a mosaic plaque in Renaissance style marking the spot where his Chelsea house stood
Written May 5, 2017
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tedgatti F
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,134 contributions
A Real Hidden-Gem
Mar 2017 • Couples
Stumbled upon this church on a walk around Chelsea and was lucky enough to find it open.

Although some of it dates back to 1157 it was greatly damaged during the Second World War and extensively rebuild but there are amazing artefacts on the inside that were saved.

It is said that Thomas More sang in the choir here and that Henry VIII married Jane Seymour in the church.

Definitely worth a visit!
Written April 4, 2017
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KAW687
London, UK1,919 contributions
So much to see
Mar 2017 • Couples
Fascinating interior, full of stories and a potted history of London. A must see London sight especially if you have an interest in the Tudor period. The gardens next door are lovely in the Spring.
Written March 20, 2017
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