Famous Residents

Famous Residents

Two of the most famous historical residents of Chelsea include Sir Thomas Moore who built Beaufort House  where Beaufort Street is today, and Henry VIII who was thought to have become enamoured by Chelsea on his many visits with his Chancellor and Councillor.

Famously Henry VIII acquired the Manor  House in the 16th Century (around 1510) and subsequently began the building of the New Manor House (around  the 1540’s).  Two of his wives, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Parr, were residents of ‘The Manor’, with the building said to be a wedding gift for Catherine Parr. Queen  Elizabeth I, Henry VIII’s child by Anne Boleyn also grew up on the estate. Fortunately, neither of these notable Chelsea ladies were beheaded by him, with Queen Elizabeth I going on to rule for 44 years, an era now recognised as the Golden Age.

 

         

Kings Road of Chelsea took its name due to being the private road for King Charles II journeying from St James Palace to Fulham Palace where he would then take a boat along the river to Hampton Court. King Charles also used the Kings Road to visit his infamous mistress Nell Gywnn who lived in one of the tributary roads. The ‘Kings Road’ remained a private road up until the reign of George IV in the 1830’s.