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Chelsea Old Church, London

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The Chelsea Old Church, also known as All Saints, is an Anglican church, on Old Church Street, Chelsea, London SW3, England, near Albert Bridge. It is the church for a parish in the Diocese of London, part of the Church of England. Inside, there is seating for 400 people. There is a memorial plaque to the author Henry James (1843–1916) who lived nearby on Cheyne Walk. To the west of the church is a small public garden containing a sculpture by Jacob Epstein.
Chelsea Old Church dates from 1157. Formerly it was the parish church of Chelsea when it was a village, before it was engulfed by London. The building originally consisted of a 13th-century chancel with chapels to the north and south (c.1325) and a nave and tower built in 1670.
The chapels were private property. The one to the north was called the Lawrence Chapel and was owned by Chelsea's Lord of the Manor. The chapel to the south was rebuilt in 1528 as Sir Thomas More's private chapel. The date can be found on one of the capitals of the pillars leading to the chancel, which were reputedly designed by Holbein. There is a statue by Leslie Cubitt Bevis of More outside the church, facing the river.
There is a 1669 memorial to Lady Jane Cheyne. It was designed by the son of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and executed by Gian Lorenzo's favourite sculptor Antonio Raggi.
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  • Passed by here a few times whilst on my wesley london walk, to my suprise to find Sir/Saint Thomas moore. Had a brief tour of the church then dined in the Petyt Hall, The people and worshippers were v...  more »
  • 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 p...  more »
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  • I walked down to this church from the Chelsea Physic Garden, on a bit of an Atlas Obscura treasure hunt. I'd been promised a small chained library but alas, the church was entirely locked up and I got so close only to have to walk back to the station. The garden looked lovely and I so much wish I could have seen inside. Maybe hours could be more clearly posted.
  • The 1958 rebuild on original footprint with a small garden surround and exterior that's, well.. notably unremarkable Here it's all about the reconstructed historic interior. A meticulous and painstaking restoration of the original salvaged tombs, memorials and remnant fabric including some C16 stained glass panels. Quite remarkable but perhaps of more interest to ecclesiastical enthusiasts. The Hans Sloane memorial in the backyard featuring entwined Pythons and a colossal egg merits a peek. An active community here.
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