Cheyne Walk

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Cheyne Walk circa 1800.

Cheyne Walk (/ˈni/ CHAY-nee) is an historic street in Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It takes its name from William Lord Cheyne who owned the manor of Chelsea until 1712.[1] Most of the houses were built in the early 18th century. Before the construction in the 19th century of the busy Embankment, which now runs in front of it, the houses fronted the River Thames. The most prominent building is Carlyle Mansions.

Today, Cheyne Walk forms part of the A3212 and A3220 trunk roads; it extends eastwards from the southern end of Finborough Road past the Battersea and Albert Bridges, after which the A3212 becomes the Chelsea Embankment. It marks the boundary of the, now withdrawn, extended London Congestion Charge Zone.

East of the Walk is the Chelsea Physic Garden with its cedars. To the West is a collection of residential houseboats which have been in situ since the 1930s.

No 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 in 1972 aimed at ending the violence in Northern Ireland. The talks were inconclusive and the violence soon started again.

Famous residents[edit]

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 Eliot
4 & 5 Cheyne Walk
15 Cheyne Walk
16 Cheyne Walk, home to Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Fictional residents[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Gentleman's magazine, Volume 108
  2. ^ Damer Dawson's plaque, LondonRemembers.com, retrieved 20 July 2014
  3. ^ Pamela Todd, Pre-Raphaelites at Home, Watson-Giptill Publications, ISBN 0-8230-4285-5
  4. ^ Survey of London
  5. ^ http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/manuscripts/search/resultsn.cfm?NID=6124&RID=&Y1=&Y2=
  6. ^ Faithfull, Marianne (1995). Faithfull. Penguin. p. 223. ISBN 0-14-024653-3. 
  7. ^ Godfrey, Walter Hindes (1913). "Belle Vue House, No. 92, Cheyne Walk". Survey of London, vol. 4: Chelsea, pt II. British History Online. pp. 31–32. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Obituary, The Independent, 14 June 2001
  10. ^ London and Country Directory, 1811
  11. ^ Article titled "Mudie's" in the 'London Echo'

Coordinates: 51°28′56″N 0°10′22″W / 51.4823°N 0.1727°W / 51.4823; -0.1727