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Chelsea

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Road · Chelsea · SW3 ·
August
7
2017

Swan Walk is a road in the SW3 postcode area




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Abercrombie Street, SW11 Abercrombie Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Albany Mansions, SW11 Albany Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Albert Bridge Road, SW11 Albert Bridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Albert Bridge, SW3 Albert Bridge is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Alexandra Avenue, SW11 Alexandra Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Alpha Place, SW3 Alpha Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Anderson Street, SW3 Anderson Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Anerley Street, SW11 Anerley Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Anhalt Road, SW11 Anhalt Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Antiquarius, SW3 Antiquarius is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Atherton Street, SW11 Atherton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Austin Road, SW11 Austin Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Balfern Street, SW11 Balfern Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Banbury Street, SW11 Banbury Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 The laying out of Battersea Bridge Road took place in several phases between the 1770s and 1850s.
Battersea Park Road, SW11 Battersea Park Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Battersea Park, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Beauchamp Mansions, SW3 Beauchamp Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Beauchamp Place, SW3 Beauchamp Place was also the name of a 16th-century mansion of the Seymour family.
Beaufort Gardens, SW3 Beaufort Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Bec, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Beechmore Road, SW11 Beechmore Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Belgrave Mews West, SW1X Belgrave Mews West is home to the Star Tavern, former rendezvous of the Great Train Robbers.
Blacklands Terrace, SW3 Blacklands Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Blondel Street, SW11 Blondel Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Body Logic/190 Battersea Park Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Bray Place, SW3 Bray Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Bridge Lane, SW11 Bridge Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Brompton Place, SW3 Brompton Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Brompton Road, SW3 Brompton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Brompton Square, SW3 Brompton Square is a garden square designed by James Bonnin in 1821.
Brougham Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Brynmaer Road, SW11 Brynmaer Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Bull’s Gardens, SW3 Bull’s Gardens is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Burns Road, SW11 Burns Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Burnsall Street, SW3 Burnsall Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Bywater Street, SW3 Bywater Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Cadogan Gardens, SW3 Cadogan Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cadogan Gate S.W 1, SW1X This is a street in the SW1X postcode area
Cadogan Lane, SW1X Cadogan Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Cadogan Pier, SW3 Cadogan Pier is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cadogan Place, SW1X Cadogan Place was named after Earl Cadogan and runs parallel to the lower half of Sloane Street.
Cadogan Square, SW1X Cadogan Square was built between 1877 and 1888, largely on the grounds of the Prince’s Club.
Cadogan Street, SW3 Cadogan Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cambridge Mansions, SW11 Cambridge Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Cambridge Road, SW11 Cambridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Carriage Drive North, SW11 Carriage Drive North is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Carriage Drive North, SW3 Carriage Drive North is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Carriage Drive South, SW11 Carriage Drive South is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Carriage Drive West, SW11 Carriage Drive West is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Cavalry Square, SW1W Cavalry Square is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Cavalry Square, SW3 Cavalry Square is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Caversham Street, SW3 Caversham Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Charles II Place, SW3 Charles II Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Chelsea Cloisters, SW3 Chelsea Cloisters is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Chelsea Embankment, SW3 Chelsea Embankment is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Chelsea Manor Gardens, SW3 Chelsea Manor Gardens is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Chelsea Manor Street, SW3 Chelsea Manor Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Chelsea Manor Studios, SW3 Chelsea Manor Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Chelsea Towers, SW3 Chelsea Towers is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cheltenham Terrace, SW3 Cheltenham Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Chesham Close, SW1X Chesham Close is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Chesham Mews, SW1X Chesham Mews is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Chesham Place, SW1X Chesham Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Chesham Street, SW1X Chesham Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Chesney Street, SW11 This is a street in the SW11 postcode area
Cheval Place, SW7 Cheval Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Cheyne Court, SW3 Cheyne Court is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cheyne Mews, SW3 Cheyne Mews is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Cheyne Place, SW3 Cheyne Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cheyne Walk, SW3 Cheyne Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Christchurch Street, SW3 Christchurch Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Christchurch Terrace, SW3 Christchurch Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Clabon Mews, SW1X Clabon Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Cliveden Place, SW1W Cliveden Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Clover Mews, SW3 Clover Mews is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Colebrook Court, SW3 Colebrook Court is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Colestown Street, SW11 This is a street in the SW11 postcode area
Coulson Street, SW3 Coulson Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Court/417 Battersea Park Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Crescent Place, SW3 Crescent Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Crombie Mews, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Culford Gardens, SW3 Culford Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Culvert House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Culvert Road, SW11 Culvert Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Dagnall Street, SW11 Dagnall Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Danube Street, SW3 Danube Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Denyer Street, SW3 Denyer Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Dilke Street, SW3 Dilke Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Donne Place, SW3 Donne Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Dovedale Studios, SW11 Dovedale Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Draycott Avenue, SW3 Draycott Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Draycott Place, SW3 Draycott Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Draycott Terrace, SW3 Draycott Terrace is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Duke of York Square, SW1W Duke of York Square is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Duke Of York Square, SW3 Duke Of York Square is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
East Road, SW3 East Road is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Eaton Close, SW1W Eaton Close is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Eaton Gate, SW1W Eaton Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Egerton Crescent, SW3 Egerton Crescent was described in 2013 as "the most expensive street in Britain".
Egerton Gardens Mews, SW3 Egerton Gardens Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Egerton Gardens, SW3 Egerton Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Egerton Terrace, SW3 Egerton Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ellis Street, SW1X Ellis Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Elystan Place, SW3 Elystan Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Elystan Street, SW3 Elystan Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Embankment Gardens, SW3 Embankment Gardens is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Ethelburga Street, SW11 Ethelburga Street was named after Saint Æthelburh (Ethelburga), founder and first Abbess of Barking.
Fairholt Street, SW7 Fairholt Street is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
First Street, SW3 First Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Flood Street, SW3 Flood Street commemorates Luke Thomas Flood (d.1860) a major Chelsea land owner and a benefactor of the poor.
Flood Walk, SW3 Flood Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Foxmore Street, SW11 Foxmore Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Franklins Row, SW3 Franklins Row is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Frederic Mews, SW1X Frederic Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Freedom Street, SW11 Freedom Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Frere Street, SW11 Frere Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Glynde Mews, SW3 Glynde Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Godfrey Street, SW3 Godfrey Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Great Eastern Wharf, SW11 Great Eastern Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Grosvenor Cottages, SW1W Grosvenor Cottages is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Grove Cottages, SW3 Grove Cottages is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Halsey Street, SW3 Halsey Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Hans Place, SW1X Hans Place, a square, is named after Sir Hans Sloane, physician and collector, whose bequest became the foundation of the British Museum.
Hans Road, SW1X Hans Road is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Hans Road, SW3 Hans Road dates from the late eighteenth century.
Hans Street, SW1X Hans Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Harpsden Street, SW11 Harpsden Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Hasker Street, SW3 Hasker Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Henley Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Henty Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Herbert Crescent, SW1X Herbert Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Holbein Mews, SW1W Holbein Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Holbein Place, SW1W Holbein Place links Sloane Square and Pimlico Road.
Inworth Walk, N1 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ives Street, SW3 Ives Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Joubert Mansions, SW3 Joubert Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Joubert Street, SW11 Joubert Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Jubilee Place, SW3 Jubilee Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Juer Street, SW11 Juer Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Kassala Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Kennard Street, SW11 Kennard Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Kersley Mews, SW11 Kersley Mews is a rare survival of a local mews and built to serve the residents of Foxmore Street and Kersley Street.
Kersley Street, SW11 Kersley Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
King’s Road, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Kings Road, SW1W Kings Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Kings Road, SW3 Kings Road is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Latchmere Street, SW11 Latchmere Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Lennox Gardens Mews, SW1X Lennox Gardens Mews is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Lennox Gardens, SW1X Lennox Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Lincoln Street, SW3 Lincoln Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Lower Sloane Street, SW1W Lower Sloane Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Lowndes Street, SW1X Lowndes Street was built by Thomas Cubitt and Seth Smith.
Lucan Place, SW3 Lucan Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Lyall Mews West, SW1X Lyall Mews West is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Lyall Mews, SW1X Lyall Mews is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Mandeville Courtyard, SW11 Mandeville Courtyard is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Markham Square, SW3 Markham Square is a garden square laid out in 1836.
Markham Street, SE17 A street within the SW3 postcode
Markham Street, SW3 Markham Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Marlborough Street, SW3 Marlborough Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Maskelyne Close, SW11 Maskelyne Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Matthews Street, SW11 Matthews Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Millgrove Street, SW11 Millgrove Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Milner Street, SW3 Milner Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Montpelier Street, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Moore Street, SW3 Moore Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Mossop Street, SW3 Mossop Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Oakley Gardens, SW3 Oakley Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Oakley Street, SW3 Oakley Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Odger Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Old Garden House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Old School House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ormonde Gate, SW3 Ormonde Gate is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Ovington Gardens, SW3 Ovington Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ovington Square, SW3 Ovington Square is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ovington Street, SW3 Ovington Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Paradise Walk, SW3 Paradise Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Parfield Industrial Estate, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Park South, SW11 Park South is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Parkgate Road, SW11 Parkgate Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Parkside Street, SW11 Parkside Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Passmore Street, SW1W Passmore Street, formerly Union Street, contains a social mix.
Pavilion Road, SW1X Pavilion Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Petworth Street, SW11 Petworth Street was laid out in the late nineteenth century linking two bridge approaches - Albert Bridge Road and Battersea Bridge Road.
Petyward, SW3 Petyward is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Phene Street, SW3 Phene Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Pimlico Road, SW1W Pimlico Road is a combination of roads formerly called Grosvenor Row and Queen Street.
Pont St Mews, SW1X Pont St Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Pont Street Mews, SW1X This is a street in the SW1X postcode area
Pont Street, SW1X Pont Street is a fashionable street in Knightsbridge/Belgravia, not far from the Knightsbridge department store Harrods to the north-west.
Porters Lodge, SW3 Porters Lodge is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Primrose Mansions, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Prince Of Wales Drive, SW11 Prince Of Wales Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Radnor Walk, SW3 Radnor Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Rainsome Dock, SW11 Rainsome Dock is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Ralston Street, SW3 Ralston Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Ransomes Dock Business Centre 35-37, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ransomes Dock Business Centre, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ransomes Dock, Parkgate Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ransomes Dock, SW11 Ransomes Dock is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Ransomes Mews Great Eastern Wharf, SW11 Ransomes Mews Great Eastern Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Rawlings Street, SW3 Rawlings Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Redburn Street, SW3 Redburn Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Reform Street, SW11 Reform Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Rich Lane, SW5 Rich Lane is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Riverside, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Robinson Street, SW3 Robinson Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Rosemoor Street, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Rosenau Crescent, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Rosenau Road, SW11 Rosenau Road was named after Schloss Rosenau, the birthplace and boyhood home of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who became the consort of Queen Victoria.
Rosetti Studios, SW3 Rosetti Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Rossetti Studios, SW3 Rossetti Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Rowditch Lane, SW11 Rowditch Lane is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Royal Avenue, SW3 Royal Avenue is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Royal Hospital Road, SW3 Royal Hospital Road is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Roydon Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Rutherford House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Rutland Street, SW7 Rutland Street is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Searles Close, SW11 Searles Close is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Sedding Street, SW1W Sedding Street is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Sedding Street, SW1X Sedding Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Shawfield Street, SW3 Shawfield Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Sloane Avenue, SW3 Sloane Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Sloane Court East, SW1W Sloane Court East is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Sloane Court East, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Sloane Court West, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Sloane Gardens, SW1W Sloane Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Sloane Square, SW1W Sloane Square forms a boundary between the two largest aristocratic estates in London, the Grosvenor Estate and the Cadogan.
Sloane Terrace, SW1X Sloane Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Smith Street, SW3 Smith Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Smith Terrace, SW3 Smith Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Soudan Road, SW11 Soudan Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
South/Austin Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Sprimont Place, SW3 Sprimont Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
St Catherine’s Mews, SW3 St Catherine’s Mews is a road in the SW3 postcode area
St James Court, SW11 St James Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
St Loo Avenue, SW3 St Loo Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
St Lukes Street, SW3 St Lukes Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
St. Leonard’s Terrace, SW3 St. Leonard’s Terrace is a road in the SW3 postcode area
St. Loo Avenue, SW3 St. Loo Avenue is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Stanmer Street, SW11 Stanmer Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Surrey Lane Estate, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Symons Street, SW3 Symons Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Tedworth Gardens, SW3 Tedworth Gardens is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Tedworth Square, SW3 Tedworth Square is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Terrace Walk, SW11 Terrace Walk is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Terrace Walk, SW3 Terrace Walk is a road in the SW3 postcode area
The Gateways, SW3 The Gateways is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
The Imperial Laundry, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
The Lanterns, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
The Parkgate Road, SW11 The Parkgate Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Tite Street, SW3 Tite Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Tryon Street, SW3 Tryon Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Walden House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Walpole Street, SW3 Walpole Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Walton Street, SW3 Walton Street runs through the heart of Chelsea.
Warriner Gardens, SW11 Warriner Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Watford Close, SW11 Watford Close is a small street on the Ethelburga Estate.
Wellington Square, SW3 Wellington Square is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Wendle Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
West Eaton Place Mews, SW1X West Eaton Place Mews is a road in the SW1X postcode area
West Eaton Place, SW1X West Eaton Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
West Road, SW3 West Road is a road in the SW3 postcode area
West Road, SW5 West Road is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Whitehead’s Grove, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Whitehead’s Grove, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Whiteheads Grove, SW3 Whiteheads Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Whittaker Street, SW1W Whittaker Street is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Wilbraham Place, SW1X Wilbraham Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Wiltshire Close, SW3 Wiltshire Close is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Woodfall Street, SW3 Woodfall Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Worfield Street, SW11 Worfield Street runs north from Rosenau Road towards Parkgate Road.
Yeomans Row, SW3 Yeomans Row is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.


Chelsea

Chelsea is an affluent area, bounded to the south by the River Thames.

Its eastern boundary was once defined by the River Westbourne, which is now in a pipe above Sloane Square tube station. The modern eastern boundary is Chelsea Bridge Road and the lower half of Sloane Street, including Sloane Square, along with parts of Belgravia. To the north and northwest, the area fades into Knightsbridge and South Kensington, but it is safe to say that the area north of King’s Road as far northwest as Fulham Road is part of Chelsea.

The word Chelsea originates from the Old English term for chalk and landing place on the river. The first record of the Manor of Chelsea precedes the Domesday Book and records the fact that Thurstan, governor of the King’s Palace during the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042–1066), gave the land to the Abbot and Convent of Westminster. Abbot Gervace subsequently assigned the manor to his mother, and it passed into private ownership. The modern-day Chelsea hosted the Synod of Chelsea in 787 AD.

Chelsea once had a reputation for the manufacture of Chelsea buns (made from a long strip of sweet dough tightly coiled, with currants trapped between the layers, and topped with sugar).

King Henry VIII acquired the manor of Chelsea from Lord Sandys in 1536; Chelsea Manor Street is still extant. Two of King Henry’s wives, Catherine Parr and Anne of Cleves, lived in the Manor House; Princess Elizabeth – the future Queen Elizabeth I – resided there; and Thomas More lived more or less next door at Beaufort House. In 1609 James I established a theological college on the site of the future Chelsea Royal Hospital, which Charles II founded in 1682.

By 1694, Chelsea – always a popular location for the wealthy, and once described as ’a village of palaces’ – had a population of 3000. Even so, Chelsea remained rural and served London to the east as a market garden, a trade that continued until the 19th-century development boom which caused the final absorption of the district into the metropolis.

Chelsea shone, brightly but briefly, in the 1960s Swinging London period and the early 1970s. The Swinging Sixties was defined on King’s Road, which runs the length of the area. The Western end of Chelsea featured boutiques Granny Takes a Trip and The Sweet Shop, the latter of which sold medieval silk velvet caftans, tabards and floor cushions, with many of the cultural cognoscenti of the time being customers, including Keith Richards, Twiggy and many others.

The exclusivity of Chelsea as a result of its high property prices has historically resulted in the term Sloane Ranger to be used to describe its residents. From 2011, Channel 4 broadcast a reality television show called Made in Chelsea, documenting the ’glitzy’ lives of several young people living in Chelsea. Moreover, Chelsea is home to one of the largest communities of Americans living outside of the United States, with 6.53% of Chelsea-residents being born in the United States.
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