Churches

Finding Sanctuary

Chelsea and King's Road has more than its fair share of beautiful sacred spaces. No matter where you are on the mile long journey from Sloane Square to World's End you are never more than a few yards from a quiet space to catch your breath. The churches here range from the historic, the magnificent to the simple neighbourhood. Each one has its own distinctive ambience and offers its own stylish retreat. Nowadays with all the uncertainty there is tremendous comfort from being cocooned in a place that has stood the test of time. Whether you have a faith or are just in search of some peace and quiet - these spaces will speak to you in ways that no-one else can. Reflection always brings new sight. 

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Holy Trinity, Sloane Square

 

Built in 1888 and known as  
the Arts and Crafts church.  The poet John Betjeman was a great advocate for the rebuilding of the church by  
5th Earl Cadogan.

holytrinitysloanesquare.com

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Chelsea Old Church

The site of a church for  centuries.
Sir Thomas More  lived near and worshipped here in around 1520s using the river to go to Hampton Court and Westminster on state business.
chelseaoldchurch.org.uk

 
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Moravian Church

The Fetter Lane Congregation of the Moravian Church was founded in 1742 by members of the Church who had come to London in search of passage to the British colonies in the Caribbean in order to take the Gospel to the slave communities.

moravian.org.uk

 

 

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St Luke's Church

 

The church where Charles Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836. Far younger than Chelsea Old Church on the riverside it was consecrated in 1824. A Gothic
Revival church.
chelseaparish.org

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Christ Church

Consecrated on 26th June 1839. It was originally a ‘Chapel of Ease’ to the parish church of St Luke’s, Sydney Street, but was given its own parish in 1860.

chelseaparish.org/christchurch

 

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St Andrew's

The first building on the site, built in 1718, was simple. It was only one storey with a small turret on the roof containing a single bell. This simple building was called Park Chapel. It was built by Sir Richard Manningham, a local landowner, to serve the growing population living in the neighbouring village of Little Chelsea.

standrewschelsea.org

St John's, Chelsea

For those who don't go to church this space offers a community spirit and generous welcome to all. 

stjohnchelsea.org

 

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The Wren Chapel

 

The painting of the Resurrection in the half dome of the apse is by Sebastiano Ricci, assisted by his nephew Marco, and dates from 1714.

chelsea-pensioners.co.uk/wren-chapel

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Saint Thomas More 

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holyredeemerchelsea.org.uk

 
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Methodist Church

Methodists first started meeting in Chelsea in a local woman's house in John Wesley's time. He preached several times to them. As numbers grew they rented a room, then a suite of rooms in the Ranelagh Pleasure Gardens (now part of the Royal Hospital grounds). 

chelseamethodist.org.uk