Milner Street runs roughly west from Cadogan Square
, crossing Ovington Street
, Lennox Gardens
and Clabon Mews
The trustees of Mary Jane Milner owned a slip of land between Cheyne Walk
and King’s Road
The area to the south of Hans Square was occupied by a large house, The Pavilion, the gardens of which were laid out by Capability Brown. They were extensive by the middle of the 19th century.
The delightfully-named Green Lettuce Lane
connected The Pavilion via a private road to (what is now) Draycott Avenue
; the private road was almost fully developed as Milner Street by 1865; Green Lettuce Lane
is now Mossop Street
St Simon Zelotes, a grade II listed church, was built in Milner Street during 1858–59. It was designed by the architect Joseph Peacock, and is his "most complete surviving work".
Other notable buildings include 10 Milner Street, sometimes known as Stanley House a grade II listed house built by the Chelsea speculator John Todd in 1855, for his own occupation. It has been grade II listed since 1969.
|CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY|
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT
Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.
Added: 17 Feb 2021 15:05 GMT
Violet Trefusis, writer, cosmopolitan intellectual and patron of the Arts was born at 2 Wilton Crescent SW1X.
Peter H Davies
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The Ethelburga Estate - named after Ethelburga Road - was an LCC development dating between 1963�’65. According to the Wikipedia, it has a "pleasant knitting together of a series of internal squares". I have to add that it’s extremely dull :)
Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Added: 15 Feb 2021 20:25 GMT
Binney Street, W1K
Binney St was previously named Thomas Street before the 1950’s. Before the 1840’s (approx.) it was named Bird St both above and below Oxford St.
Added: 1 May 2021 16:46 GMT
Cheyne Place, SW3
Frances Faviell, author of the Blitz memoir, "A Chelsea Concerto", lived at 33, Cheyne Place, which was destroyed by a bomb. She survived, with her husband and unborn baby.
Added: 29 Nov 2022 20:53 GMT
Topham’s Hotel at 24-28 Ebury Street was called the Ebury Court Hotel. Its first proprietor was a Mrs Topham. In WW2 it was a favourite watering hole for the various intelligence organisations based in the Pimlico area. The first woman infiltrated into France in 1942, FANY Yvonne Rudellat, was recruited by the Special Operations Executive while working there. She died in Bergen Belsen in April 1945.
|LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT|
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My family - Roe - lived in poverty at 158 Meyrick Rd in the 1920s, moving to 18 Lavender Terrace in 1935. They also lived in York Rd at one point. Alf, Nell (Ellen), plus children John, Ellen (Did), Gladys, Joyce & various lodgers. Alf worked for the railway (LMS).
Added: 20 Sep 2023 21:10 GMT
I was born in the upstairs front room of 28 Tyrrell Avenue in August 1938. I was a breach birth and quite heavy ( poor Mum!). My parents moved to that end of terrace house from another rental in St Mary Cray where my three year older brother had been born in 1935. The estate was quite new in 1938 and all the properties were rented. My Father was a Postman. I grew up at no 28 all through WWII and later went to Little Dansington School
Added: 19 Sep 2023 18:10 GMT
Bombing of Arbour Square in the Blitz
On the night of September 7, 1940. Hyman Lubosky (age 35), his wife Fay (or Fanny)(age 32) and their son Martin (age 17 months) died at 11 Arbour Square. They are buried together in Rainham Jewish Cemetery. Their grave stones read: "Killed by enemy action"
Added: 8 Sep 2023 16:02 GMT
Tenant at Westbourne (1807 - 1811)
I think that the 3rd Marquess Townshend - at that time Lord Chartley - was a tenant living either at Westbourne Manor or at Bridge House. He undertook considerable building work there as well as creating gardens. I am trying to trace which house it was. Any ideas gratefully received
Added: 30 Aug 2023 10:43 GMT
The tracks through Roding Valley were opened on 1 May 1903 by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) on its Woodford to Ilford line (the Fairlop Loop).
But the station was not opened until 3 February 1936 by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER, successor to the GER).
Source: Roding Valley tube station - Wikipedia
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:52 GMT
Roding Valley is the quietest tube station, each year transporting the same number of passengers as Waterloo does in one day.
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:47 GMT
The connection with Bletchley Park
The code-breaking computer used at Bletchley Park was built in Dollis Hill.
Added: 29 Aug 2023 15:25 GMT
The deepest station
At 58m below ground, Hampstead is as deep as Nelson’s Column is tall.
Source: Hampstead tube station - Wikipedia
Cadogan Hall Cadogan Hall is a 950-seat capacity concert hall in Sloane Terrace. Michelin House Michelin House was opened in 1911 as the first permanent UK headquarters for the Michelin Tyre Company Ltd. Sloane Square Sloane Square station was opened on 24 December 1868 by the Metropolitan District Railway when the company opened the first section of its line. Beauchamp Place, SW3 Beauchamp Place was also the name of a 16th-century mansion of the Seymour family. Bray Place, SW3 Bray Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area. Brompton Road, SW3 Brompton Road begins at Knightsbridge Underground station and runs south-west until it reaches Egerton Gardens. Bull’s Gardens, SW3 Bull’s Gardens was built as Bull’s Buildings at the beginning of the 19th century. Bury Walk, SW3 Bury Walk was possibly named because it led to the burial ground laid out in 1812, where St Luke’s Church now stands. Cadogan Gate, SW1X Cadogan Gate is a transition between the busy, commercial Sloane Street and the quieter, residential, red brick terraces of Cadogan Square. Cadogan Lane, SW1X Cadogan Lane is built on land acquired by Charles Cadogan, 2nd Baron Cadogan on his marriage to Sir Hans Sloane’s daughter. 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 - it was briefly known as Pavilion Square. Cadogan Street, SW3 Cadogan Street is named for the Cadogan family who own extensive properties in Chelsea. Chelsea Cloisters, SW3 On the west side of Sloane Avenue, a vast ten-storeyed block was built 1937-8 called Chelsea Cloisters. Clabon Mews, SW1X Clabon Mews, Lennox Gardens, Lennox Gardens Mews were laid out on a former cricket field. Cottage Place, SW3 Cottage Place was the location of Brompton Road station on the Piccadilly Line before its closure. Cranmer Court, SW3 Cranmer Court, one of the largest blocks of flats in London, was built 1934-5. Elystan Street, SW3 Elystan Street - from Elystan Glodrydd, founder of the fourth Royal Tribe of Wales, - said to be an early ancestor of Lord Cadogan. First Street, SW3 First Street was so-named as it was the first street to be laid out on the Hasker estate. Glynde Mews, SW3 Glynde Mews 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 Street, SW1X Hans Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area. Kings Road, SW1W Kings Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area. Lennox Gardens, SW1X Named after Lord William Lennox, Lennox Gardens skirts the central gardens of the same name. Lincoln Street, SW3 Authority to lay down Lincoln Street was given in the 1845 Chelsea Improvement Act. Lucan Place, SW3 Lucan Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area. Moore Street, SW3 Moore Street was named after Richard Moore of Hampton Court Palace, a former landowner. Pelham Court, SW3 Pelham Court is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area. Pelham Crescent, SW7 Henry Pelham, 3rd Earl of Chichester was a former trustee of the Smith’s Charity Estate, upon which the road was built. Pond Place, SW3 A large pond once existed on the site now occupied by Onslow Dwellings. Pont Street, SW1X Pont Street is a fashionable street in Knightsbridge/Belgravia, not far from the Knightsbridge department store Harrods to the north-west. Rawlings Street, SW3 Rawlings Street, formerly Princes Street was renamed in 1873 after Charles Rawlings who instituted a Chelsea Charity. Rosemoor Street, SW3 Rosemoor Street was at first called Orford Terrace and then Little Orford Street. Sloane Square, SW1W Sloane Square forms a boundary between the two largest aristocratic estates in London, the Grosvenor Estate and the Cadogan. The Gateways, SW3 The Gateways is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area. Tryon Street, SW3 Tryon Street was originally a footpath known locally as Butterfly Alley which separated two famous nurseries: John Colville and Thomas Davey. Yeoman’s Row, SW3 Yeomans Row is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
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.