The Boltons

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The Boltons is a street located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England (postcode SW10).[1][2] The street is divided into two crescents to the west and east with large expensive houses and communal gardens in the centre.[3]

The private communal gardens at the centre of the Boltons

To the northwest via Boltons Place is Old Brompton Road and to the southeast via Gilston Road is Fulham Road. To the west are Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens.

St Mary the Boltons church is located here.[4]

Houses on the west crescent

American actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr lived at number 28 The Boltons in the 1950s.[5] Novelist and former politician Jeffrey Archer lived at number 24a in the mid 1970s.[6]

For some 15 years after World War II, "going to the Boltons" meant to Chelsea dwellers going to school. Indeed, on either side of Boltons Place were two educational establishments, Virgo fidelis, RC Junior Girls School and the state primary Bousfield School, which survives still. 29 The Boltons, on the junction of Tregunter and Gilston Roads, housed the infants' reception and two primary classes with a garden play area, as part of the nearby Lycée Français de Londres. Once the main school in South Kensington had sufficiently expanded in the late 1950s, the classes were moved there. The French Lycée was later renamed Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle.


  1. ^ F. H. W. Sheppard (editor), The Boltons and Redcliffe Square area: Introduction, Survey of London: volume 41: Brompton (1983), pp. 195–202.
  2. ^ information.
  3. ^ F. H. W. Sheppard (editor), Plate 80: The Boltons, western crescent, Survey of London: volume 41: Brompton (1983), pp. 80.
  4. ^ St Mary the Boltons Church, Brompton.
  5. ^ The Guardian 8 May 2000 Obituary: Douglas Fairbanks Jr
  6. ^ "Notable Abodes". Retrieved 2 September 2015. 

Coordinates: 51°29′21″N 0°11′03″W / 51.48917°N 0.18417°W / 51.48917; -0.18417