Tite Street

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Oscar Wilde's house at 34 Tite Street, now commemorated with a blue plaque

Tite Street is a street in Chelsea, London, England, within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, just north of the River Thames. It was laid out from 1877 by the Metropolitan Board of Works, giving access to the Chelsea Embankment.[1]


The street is named after William Tite who was a member of the Metropolitan Board of Works, responsible for the construction of Chelsea Embankment to the south of Tite Street.[2]

Gough House stood on the eastern side of the street, and was built around 1707. It became a school in 1830, then the Victoria Hospital for Children in 1866. In 1898, the building was considered inadequate for its purpose.[3] The hospital moved to St George's Hospital, and the original building was demolished in 1968. The site is now occupied by St Wilfred's convent and home for the elderly.

In the late 19th century, the street was a favoured and fashionable location for people of an artistic and literary disposition.[2]

On 27 November 1974, two bombs planted by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on Tite Street injured 20 people, as part of a wider set of bombings.[4]

A private entrance to Gordon House is located between 35 and 37 Tite Street.[5]

River House in Tite Street was designed by the church architect Thomas Garner. It has been Grade II listed since 1962.[6]

Notable occupants[edit]

The following people have lived in Tite Street:

No 16:

44, Tite Street SW3
44, Tite Street SW3

Further reading[edit]

Cox, Devon (2015), The Street of Wonderful Possibilities: Whistler, Wilde and Sargent in Tite Street, London: Frances Lincoln, ISBN 9780711236738



  1. ^ Patricia E.C. Croot (editor) (2004). "Settlement and building: From 1865 to 1900". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 12: Chelsea. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 27 January 2013.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Weinreb et al. 2008, p. 918.
  3. ^ Walter H Godfrey, 'Paradise Row, south side: Gough House', in Survey of London: Volume 2, Chelsea, Pt I (London, 1909), pp. 8-9. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vol2/pt1/pp8-9 [accessed 26 October 2019]
  4. ^ https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch74.htm
  5. ^ Christopher Middleton (23 April 2012). "The Royal Hospital Chelsea up for sale". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  6. ^ Historic England (26 September 1962). "The River House (1358136)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  7. ^ Sargent's Tite Street Studio Archived 23 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine, JSS Virtual Gallery.
  8. ^ a b Chelsea Walk — Tite Street, Virtual Museum, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
  9. ^ "Registrar General Records". Wilde, Oscar O'Flahertie Wills (1856–1900), author. National Archives. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Oscar Wilde, Poet". English Heritage. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  11. ^ Authors —> Aesthetes and Decadents —> Oscar Wilde —> Biographical Materials, The Victorian Web, Archive.org.
  12. ^ Hanbury-Tenison, Robin. "Obituary: Sir Wilfred Thesiger 1910–2003 by Robin Hanbury-Tenison". travelintelligence.com. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  13. ^ 7 BBC Storyville documentary The Real Great Escape Dir.Lindy Wilson (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ghtll) Broadcast 19 April 2012


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Coordinates: 51°29′07″N 0°09′37″W / 51.48535°N 0.16029°W / 51.48535; -0.16029