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Old Church Street is a street in London, England in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.[1]

Old Church Street, 2007
Chelsea Old Church

It runs from Chelsea Embankment to Fulham Road, crossing Kings Road. The section to the north of Kings Road is sometimes called Upper Old Church Street. At the Chelsea Embankment end is Chelsea Old Church (All Saints) which gives its name to the whole street, the oldest in Chelsea. It was mentioned in 1566, but was called Church Lane at that time. The recording studios, Sound Techniques, was at 46a Old Church Street from 1964 to 1972. It was here that Nick Drake recorded his first album "Five Leaves Left". Pink Floyd, Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, John Martyn, Beverley Martyn, Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Judy Collins, John Cale, The Yardbirds and The Who also recorded here.

Notable residents[edit]

Charles Kingsley lived at 56 Old Church Street. Close to the junction of Old Church Street and Mallord Street, at 28 Mallord Street is a house designed in 1913–14 for Augustus John. At 13 Mallord Street, A. A. Milne lived. Just yards away is 127 Old Church Street. A plaque marks this house as the residence of William and Evelyn De Morgan. The building was especially adapted for them so that they could create and paint ceramics.

The politician and playwright Benn Levy lived at No 66, which was designed in 1936 by Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry;[1] Levy's house formed part of a joint development with No 64, the home of publisher Denis Cohen, which was designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff.

The shoe designer Manolo Blahnik (b 1942) sold his shoes to “Zapata” a boutique on Old Church Street. The Chelsea Arts Club is at number 143. The sporting painter John F Sartorius (c. 1775–1830) has a plaque marking his house at number 155. In 1792 there was a field called “Queen’s Elm Field” at the northern end of the street. Several houses were built there in 1794. On the corner of Old Church Street and Fulham Road is a building called “The Queen’s Elm”. It was once a pub but is now a fashion shop. Directly opposite is a Jewish burial ground. It was in use from 1815 to 1884 by the Western Synagogue, now called the Western Marble Arch Synagogue. The southern side of Fulham Road at this point is called Queen’s Elm Parade. Steve Clark, former guitarist for Def Leppard lived and died in his home at 44 Old Church Street.[citation needed]


Charles Shapley (Chapley) "... coal merchant and lighterman..." (c. 1710 – 1780)

1780 COFFIN PLATE of Mr Charles Shapley

Charles Shapley was bound apprentice lighterman to Thomas Rowles on 13. Jan 1726, at Christ Church (Blackfriars, Southwark). He gained his freedom as "Freeman of the River Thames" after 7 years on 14. Feb 1733. [2]. In his will made 19 August 1779 (Public Record Office ref. - PROB 11/1069 - [3]) Charles Shapley (Chapley) "... coal merchant and lighterman ...", [4], gave his residence as his "freehold house" in Church Lane, Chelsea [5] . He bequeathed two freehold houses in Church Lane and another two freehold houses around the corner in Lombard Street [6] which was formerly that part of Cheyne Walk lying between No. 67 and the entrance to Danvers Street . Charles Shapley made provision for his interment in Chelsea Old Church [7] north side where he had caused a stone to be raised ("All Saints" 1788 [8] showing Arch House [9]. Lombard Street was through the arch). In the year 2000, the Museum of London Archaeological Services carried out an archaeological dig at the cemetery [10] . One of the few graves identified was that of "Charles Shapley (70 years)"[11]. His coffin was fitted with a large decorated lead plate bearing the inscription "Mr Charles Shapley Died 16 Sept 1780 Aged 70". The plate is archived by the Museum of London Archaeological Services.


  1. ^ Studio_Bednarski retrieved 2012-01-24

Coordinates: 51°29′16″N 0°10′28″W / 51.48777°N 0.17434°W / 51.48777; -0.17434

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Asbury Park Press

Asbury Park Press
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:43:13 -0700

Historic photo of the old Church Street School. The 3rd floor with the gabled roof burned and was never replaced (Photo: FILE PHOTO ). CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. LONG BRANCH – The school district's historic Church Street ...

Daily Mail

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:00:27 -0700

Echoes of history: Chelsea Old Church on the corner of Old Church Street and the Embankment. The church was painstakingly rebuilt after a parachute landmine blew the tower over onto the church, destroying most of it, in the Blitz in April 1941. For ...

Nottingham Post

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:53:56 -0700

ARCHAEOLOGICAL excavations will be taking place at the site of a medieval monastery after the project was awarded £60,000 in funding - and volunteers can join in. The dig is taking place at the site of Lenton Priory, off Old Church Street, which was ...

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