Cheyne Walk

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Cheyne Walk circa 1800.

Cheyne Walk is a historic street, in Chelsea, London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


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 It marks the boundary of the, now withdrawn, extended London Congestion Charge Zone.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.


Cheyne Walk 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.

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.

Notable 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
  • Edith Cheesman, watercolour artist, lived at number 127 in 1911, since demolished and now covered by the World's End Estate, where The Clash frontman Joe Strummer lived.
  • George Weidenfeld, publisher, who became Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea, lived here from the 1960s until his death on 20 January 2016.
  • George Best once had a flat there.
  • Laurence Olivier and Jill Esmond lived there in the 1930s.
  • Mary Sidney lived at Crosby Hall from 1609 to 1615.
  • In July 1972, during a short-lived ceasefire, an IRA delegation that included Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness held talks in a house in Cheyne Walk with a British government team led by NI Secretary William Whitelaw.
  • The Old Cheyneans – former pupils of Sloane Grammar School, Hortensia Road, Chelsea – take their name from the association with Cheyne Walk and Sir Hans Sloane who lived there.
  • Colin Colahan, Australian painter and sculptor, lived in Cheyne Walk.
  • Augustus Pugin, English architect,known for his work on the Palace of Westminster, lived briefly on Cheyne Walk in 1841.

Fictional residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ "The Gentleman's Magazine". 
  2. ^ "Cheyne Walk: No. 1 | British History Online". Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Thomas Burrows, Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg buys £17m seven-bed Thames-side mansion once owned by 'George Eliot', The Daily Mail, 27 July 2015
  4. ^ "Did Haig have a London residence - Other Great War Chat - Great War Forum". Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Chelsea Walk - Cheyne Walk 1-30". 18 May 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Damer Dawson's plaque Archived 25 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine.,, retrieved 20 July 2014
  7. ^ Frege, Gottlob. 1980. Philosophical and Mathematical Correspondence. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 147–155. ISBN 0 631 19620 X
  8. ^ Pamela Todd, Pre-Raphaelites at Home, Watson-Giptill Publications, ISBN 0-8230-4285-5
  9. ^ Obituary, The Independent, 14 June 2001
  10. ^ "No. 72, Cheyne Walk". 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  12. ^ Gere, Charlotte, & Michael Whiteway. (1993) Nineteenth-century Design: From Pugin to Mackintosh. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 253. ISBN 0297830686
  13. ^ Faithfull, Marianne (1995). Faithfull. Penguin. p. 223. ISBN 0-14-024653-3. 
  14. ^ London and Country Directory, 1811
  15. ^ Article titled "Mudie's" in the 'London Echo'
  16. ^ "Charles Conder" by Ann Galbally and Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of NSW., 2003, p.200, ISBN 978-0-7347-6343-3
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ "Diana Mosley". 
  19. ^ O'Byrne, Robert Hugh Lane 1875–1915. Lilliput Press, 2000, p. 118.
  20. ^ Riley-Smith, Ben (30 September 2014). "Sol Campbell attacks Labour's mansion tax in scathing series of tweets". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  • Stourton, James (2012). Great Houses of London (Hardback). London: Frances Lincoln. ISBN 978-0-7112-3366-9. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Cheyne Walk at Wikimedia Commons Coordinates: 51°28′56″N 0°10′22″W / 51.4823°N 0.1727°W / 51.4823; -0.1727