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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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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:01:07 -0700

Pippa is wearing a Biondi bikini from the store situated on Old Church Street, but a stone's throw from her habitual stomping ground, the King's Road and we're loving the subtle bling delivered by that opal beading. Click right to buy Pippa's exact ...

Belleville Intelligencer

Belleville Intelligencer
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:15:00 -0700

The old Church Street school buildings were put up for sale and declared surplus by the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board in the spring of 2014, after the consolidation of local schools and the opening of the new Stirling Public School.

Wakefield Express

Wakefield Express
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:18:45 -0700

The 18-year-old, who is from the town, is being held in connection with the incident at Old Church Street. Firefighters from Ossett and a water tender from Dewsbury were called to the property at around 9pm and found the second floor staircase of the ...
Whitby Today
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:11:15 -0700

The hotspots for buskers and music are Sandgate, Bridge Street, the market square, old Church Street and near HSBC. Sgt Rachael Wood from Whitby Police said buskers are issued with a conduct guide. She added: “By-laws are enforced by the borough ...

Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:23:28 -0700

His first shop, a little buzz-for-admittance boutique in Old Church Street in London's Chelsea, attracted scores of loyal customers: Charlotte Rampling, Lauren Bacall, Bianca Jagger, and the Berenson sisters all dashed around in his flamboyant designs.


Tue, 17 Mar 2015 01:16:06 -0700

Bronze-framed windows pierce the yellow-brick facade of this house on one of the oldest streets in London's borough of Kensington and Chelsea (+ slideshow). London architecture studio TDO was invited by developer Echlin to create a contemporary home ...

Southport Visiter

Southport Visiter
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 06:01:20 -0700

The charity school and the Sunday school did eventually combine in 1819 to become the United Charity School, continuing to use the old Church Street building until a purpose built school was constructed in Derby Street. There was also the option for ...

Leicester Mercury

Leicester Mercury
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 04:48:45 -0700

Controversial plans to put speed humps along a busy Leicester road have been postponed for a second time. Leicester City Council wants to install traffic calming on Middleton Street in Aylestone. It first hoped to do the carry out the work, as part of ...

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