A History of the County of Middlesex

September 2004
15 colour, 75 black and white, 10 line illustrations
328 pages
30.5x20.8 cm
Victoria County History
ISBN: 9781904356240
Format: Hardback
Victoria County History

A History of the County of Middlesex

Volume XII: Chelsea

Edited by Patricia E.C. Croot

Like so much of Middlesex, Chelsea was swallowed up by Greater London. Here its history restores its lost identity.
Chelsea was a desirable riverside residence for wealthy merchants, lawyers, and courtiers from the fifteenth century, and a pleasure resort for all ranks of society from the eighteenth; it is now one of the most expensive and desirable places to live in London. This new volume relates all this and more, including a re-examination of the location of Sir Thomas More's house, a reassessment of Henry VIII's relationship with the manor house, the history of a major estate not previously identified, and a survey of the farm-gardening which gave prosperity to some local inhabitants. Facets of Chelsea's more recent history covered include the rebuilding of eastern Chelsea, which removed a large lower middle- and working-class population and replaced their accommodation with houses for the well-off; the artistic community which grew up in the late nineteenth century from which Chelsea derived its bohemian reputation; and the cultural and commercial changes of the Swinging Sixties.


Full of carefully researched and critically assessed information. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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