Category Archives: /Thames (c1)

Cremorne Gardens

Above: The old gates to the King’s Road entrance of Cremorne Gardens are now situated in a small park beside the Thames. It is hard to overstate the effect that the Chelsea Embankment has had on the land beside the … Continue reading

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Chelsea Bridge

Above: Chelsea Bridge looking south, with Battersea Park in the Background. The first bridge on this site was built 1854-58 as a graceful suspension bridge. Thomas Page was the engineer. It was opened in 1858 as a toll bridge. Everyone … Continue reading

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Crosby Hall, Chelsea

Above: View of the east side of the modern Crosby Hall. Part of the medieval Great Hall, in white stone, can be seen to the right. Notice the large lantern tower on the roof of the hall. Crosby Hall was … Continue reading

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Cheyne Walk

Above: Cheyne Walk is lined with grand houses. This one is the house where Rosetti once lived. At one time, Cheyne Walk was a quiet thoroughfare beside the Thames, with houses on its north side facing onto the river. All … Continue reading

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All Saints, Chelsea

Above: The restored church viewed from the Chelsea Embankment. All Saints was the original parish church of Chelsea and was first mentioned in a Papal letter of 1290. Its site beside the Thames was in the centre of the original … Continue reading

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Chelsea Embankment

Above: Looking east on the Chelsea Embankment, with Chelsea Bridge in the distance. During the late 1800s, Central London must have been one vast building site. These days, with huge diggers and enormous cranes, construction methods have moved on but … Continue reading

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Whitehall Palace Remains

Above: Looking south at Queen Mary’s Steps. The stonework to the right is the east wall of the Ministry of Defence. When a fire broke out at Whitehall Palace, in 1698, there were plenty of buildings still constructed from timber … Continue reading

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Whitehall Palace at Play

Above: Excerpt from the Agas map (c1561) showing the places where those who lived at Whitehall Palace enjoyed themselves within its precinct. In the case of Henry VIII,  we seem to be obsessed with the details of his six wives. … Continue reading

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Whitehall Palace on Agas Map

The woodcut map, produced about 1561 and attributed to Ralph Agas, shows remarkable detail for the location of Whitehall Palace. The map view looks down on the palace with the southern end of what is now the street called Whitehall … Continue reading

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Whitehall Palace on Wyngaerde Panorama

Born in 1525 in Antwerp, in Belgium, Anton van den Wyngaerde was a prolific Flemish topographical artist. Between 1558 and 1559 he visited England – possibly more than once – and made views of places that Philip II of Spain … Continue reading

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