CHEYNE WALK is a historic road, in
Chelsea, London , in the Royal
Borough of Kensington and Chelsea . It runs parallel with the River
Thames . Before the construction of the
Chelsea Embankment reduced the
width of the river, it fronted the river along its whole length.
* 1 Location
* 2 History
* 3 Notable residents
* 4 Fictional residents
* 5 See also
* 6 References and sources
* 7 External links
At its western end,
Cheyne Walk meets Cremorne Road end-on at the
junction with Lots Road. The Walk runs alongside the River Thames
Battersea Bridge where, for a short distance, it is replaced by
Chelsea Embankment with part of its former alignment being occupied by
Ropers Gardens. East of
Old Church Street and
Chelsea Old Church , the
Walk runs along the north side of Albert Bridge Gardens and Chelsea
Embankment Gardens parallel with Chelsea Embankment. At the north end
of Albert Bridge , the Walk merges with Chelsea Embankment. The Walk
Royal Hospital Road . Before (1866) After (1895)
Cheyne Walk before and after construction of
At the western end between Cremorne Road and
Battersea Bridge is a
collection of residential houseboats that have been in situ since the
1930s. At the eastern end is the
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden with its
cedars. It marks the boundary of the, now withdrawn, extended London
Congestion Charge Zone . The section west of
Battersea Bridge forms
part of the
A3220 road .
Cheyne Walk takes its name from William Cheyne, Viscount Newhaven who
owned the manor of Chelsea until 1712. Most of the houses were built
in the early 18th century. Before the construction in the 19th century
of the busy Chelsea Embankment, which now runs in front of it, the
houses fronted the River Thames. The most prominent building is
Carlyle Mansions .
Chelsea Old Church dates from 1157 and Crosby Hall
is a reconstructed medieval merchant's house relocated from the City
of London in 1910.
In 1951, the
Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea
Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea planned to construct a
new river wall straightening the river bank west of
On the reclaimed land behind the wall a new arterial road and public
gardens was to be constructed.
Cheyne Walk was to remain unchanged to
the north of the new public gardens. The works would have reduced the
foreshore and required the removal of the house boat births. The
works did not take place. In the 1960s, plans for the Greater London
Council 's London Motorway Box project would have seen the West Cross
Route , a motorway standard elevated road, constructed from Battersea
Harlesden through Earl\'s Court . A spur road would have been
constructed from the motorway to the junction of
Cheyne Walk and Lots
Road. The plans were abandoned because of the cost and opposition
from local communities.
In 1972, number 96 Cheyne Walk, the then home of
Philip Woodfield , a
British civil servant, was the site of a top secret meeting between
the British government and the leadership of the
Provisional IRA aimed
at ending the violence in
Northern Ireland . The talks were
inconclusive and the violence soon started again.
Many famous people have lived (and continue to live) in the Walk:
4 Cheyne Walk, shown here in 1881, was briefly the home of George
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5 Cheyne Walk 16 Cheyne Walk, home to
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Sir John Scott Lillie , JP, decorated
Peninsular War veteran,
Deputy Lieutenant of
Middlesex , inventor and political activist lived
at no. 12, (previously, no. 13)
Cheyne Walk and added a floor to it.
The building was demolished in 1887, but elements from it were later
used in the reconstruction of 1, Cheyne Walk.
John Barrymore American actor,lived for a short time at No.2,on
the corner with Flood Street.
William Henry Smyth
William Henry Smyth , and later
Keith Richards , lived at
number 3, which in 1945 became a National Trust property housing the
Benton Fletcher collection of keyboard instruments.
George Eliot spent the last three weeks of her life at number 4 .
William Sandys Wright Vaux , antiquarian
William Dyce , Scottish painter and arts tutor
Daniel Maclise , painter
Michael Bloomberg , the former mayor of New York City, acquired
number 4 in 2015.
Vera Brittain , novelist and pacifist, and her husband, George
Catlin , lived at number 2 before and during the Second World War.
* The miser
John Camden Neild lived at number 5 .
Howard Frank , English estate agent and co-founder of the
Knight Frank estate agent chain.
Arthur Sullivan English composer, attended a boarding school
at number 6,in 1854.
David Lloyd George
David Lloyd George lived at number 10.
Archibald Sinclair, 1st Viscount Thurso British Liberal
Secretary of State for War during
World War II
World War II
Gerald Scarfe now lives there.
* The house has a plaque to commemorate
Margaret Damer Dawson who
was an early head of the women's Police service.
George Scott Robertson , Colonial Administrator and traveller
in Afghanistan,lived at number11
* and also Sir
Colin Scott-Moncrieff ,British civil engineer,most
notably in colonial Egypt
Ralph Vaughan Williams lived at number 13 from 1905 to 1928.
There he wrote works including his first three symphonies, the
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis ,
The Lark Ascending , and Hugh
the Drover .
Bertrand Russell lived at number 14 in 1902
* The landscape painter
Cecil Gordon Lawson
Cecil Gordon Lawson lived at number 15 (a
number of his works still hang there) …
* as did the engraver
Henry Thomas Ryall ;
* also Sir
John Balchen ,18th century Admiral in the
* the Allason family, well known for their political and literary
* and the Baron and Baroness Courtney of Penwith .
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti lived at number 16 (where he was banned from
keeping peacocks due to the noise) from 1862 to 1882 …
* and so did
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Algernon Charles Swinburne .
Hall Caine , novelist, as carer for his friend Rossetti
Florence Kate Upton .English illustrator, creator of the
* also John Paul Getty II lived here from the late 1970s to the
Thomas Attwood (composer) (1765–1838) lived at No 17 for some
years up to his death in 1838. He was organist at St Paul\'s Cathedral
from 1796, and of the Chapel Royal from 1836. He was a pupil of
Mozart. Thomas Attwood is buried in the crypt of St Paul's underneath
* Number 18 was renowned for being the home of the curious museum
(knackatory) and tavern known as Don Saltero\'s Coffee House . The
proprietor was James Salter, who was for many years the servant of Sir
Hans Sloane ’s manor house, demolished in 1760, stood at
* No 19 was site of the horrific 1973 killing of elderly widow
Isabella Griffith,by the serial killer
Patrick Mackay .
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
James Abbott McNeill Whistler lived at numbers 21 (1890–92), 72
(? to his death there in 1903), 96 (1866–78) and 101 (1863) at
Edward Arthur Walton lived here.
Bram Stoker Irish theatre manager and novelist, author of Dracula
, lived at No.27
* Architect C. R. Ashbee lived at number 37 until 1917. He also
designed 38 and 39.
* Nicolaus Ludwig , Imperial Count von
Zinzendorf und Pottendorf,
and the Brethren of the
Moravian Church renovated
Lindsey House at
numbers 99–100 in
Cheyne Walk in the mid-18th century; it was for a
number of years the headquarters of their worldwide missionary
activity. Moravian Close nearby is still the London God\'s Acre ,
where many famous Moravians are buried.
James Clerk Maxwell
James Clerk Maxwell lived at number 41 while lecturing at King's
College London in the early 1860s. He used the iron railings outside
his home in two experiments on electro-magnetic fields, much to the
dismay of friends and foreigners.
Mortimer Menpes , the watercolourist and etcher, shared a flat
with Whistler .
Guy Liddell , British Intelligence officer, lived in a flat in the
present Shrewsbury House, No.42 Cheyne Walk.
Mick Jagger and
Marianne Faithfull lived at number 48 in 1968.
Charles Edward Mudie
Charles Edward Mudie , English publisher and founder of Mudie's
Lending Library, was born 1818 in Cheyne Walk; where his father owned
a Circulating library, stationery and book binding business at No. 89.
Charles Conder lived at 91 Cheyne Walk, 1904–1906
* The chemist
Charles Hatchett , the poet
William Bell Scott
William Bell Scott , and
the anatomist John Marshall lived at Belle Vue House , number 92.
* Also novelist
Ken Follett and his wife, the politician Barbara
Patrick Wall , Conservative MP
Elizabeth Gaskell was born at number 93.
Diana Mitford lived at number 96 with her first husband Bryan
Guinness in 1932.
Marc Brunel , who designed the
Thames Tunnel , lived at number
* as did his son
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel .
Hugh Lane , art dealer, collector and founder of the Municipal
Gallery of Modern Art lived at number 100 (
Lindsey House ) from 1909
until his death on the
RMS Lusitania in 1915.
Roman Abramovich . Russian multi-millionaire,owner of Chelsea F.C
* John Sainsbury , multimillionaire part Sainsbury founder, lived at
Hilaire Belloc lived at number 104, as did the artist Walter
John Tweed , sculptor and friend of
Auguste Rodin , lived at
Philip Steer lived at number 109.
J. M. W. Turner
J. M. W. Turner died at number 119 in 1851.
Rolling Stones musician
Ronnie Wood also lived here.
Sylvia Pankhurst lived at number 120 after leaving university.
Peter Warlock , English composer,lived at number 122,in 1921
Timothy Whidborne , English portrait painter
George Melly . Jazz musician,lived in a flat sublet by Whidborne
Richard Addinsell , English composer,lived in flat 1.
Gordon Harker , English actor,lived in flat 11.
Edward Robey , lawyer in the Acid Bath Murders case of the serial
John George Haigh , livedin flat 11.
T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot , American poet and writer, lived in flat 19.
Shapur Kharegat , journalist, editor and former Asia Director of
The Economist lived at flat 17.
John Davy Hayward .Theatre & literary critic, lived in flat 19.
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