Chelsea Old Church is a parish in the Diocese of London which is part of the Church of England. It is located on the corner of Old Church Street (SW3 5DQ) and the Embankment.
The Parish Office, 64 Cheyne Walk, SW3 5LT, entrance at the back of the Church. Contact from 9.30am.-2.00pm. Tuesday to Friday, 0207 7951019 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our services follow the Book of Common Prayer and (apart from the Cromwell period) they have done so since the days of Queen Elizabeth I. Our Bible readings are usually from the Authorised Version.
The Church can also be used for concerts and other similar public events. For more information and to make enquiries please contact the Parish Office
The Church is open from 2 - 4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The Church has a team of Church Guides for information.
It can be reached by the following forms of transport:
South Kensington (0.7 miles), Gloucester Road (0.9 miles), Sloane Square (0.9 miles) (District and Circle Lines), West Brompton (1.1 miles),
Battersea Park (1.4 miles), Queenstown Road Battersea (1.4 miles)
No 11 Fulham - Liverpool Street, Lower Sloane Street
No 19 Finsbury Park - Battersea, Kings Road
No 22 Piccadilly Circus - Putney Common, Kings Road
No 170 Victoria - Roehampton, Embankment
No 319 Sloane Square - Streatham Hill, Kings Road
No 345 South Kensington - Peckham, Kings Road
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To run the church, contribute to the diocese and help those less fortunate, costs £250,000 a year. Our only income is what we raise as a congregation. Please help support this very special Church and its work.
You can contribute by: Standing Order - One off donations – GiftAid Envelopes - Legacies - Collections at the Services
If you would like to contribute or help in any other way such as volunteering or fund raising, please contact the Churchwardens through the Parish Office email@example.com
On the night of 16/17 April 1941 a parachute landmine fell near by and the blast blew the Tower, at the west end, over onto the Church destroying most of it, but the More Chapel at the east end suffered least damage. Many of the memorials were shattered but were painstakingly pieced together and can now be seen restored in the Church.
An important history of the Church has been published. It is called "Chelsea Old Church, The Church that would not die". It is written by Alan Russet and Tom Pocock and the foreword is by John Simpson CBE, world affairs editor of the BBC. The book is lavishly illustrated and costs £25 and on sale in the Church.
The Church was rebuilt and reconsecrated in 1958, the Vicarage and Petyt House were demolished and replaced with a new Vicarage and Church Hall, called Petyt Hall, opened in 2002. The buildings were designed by another John Simpson - who was also the architect for the picture gallery at Buckingham Palace.
There is a Church in Chelsea, near Boston, Massachusetts, USA dedicated to St. Luke, that was called a daughter church by Rev. W. H. Stewart, a previous incumbent (1916-26). In 1911 a block of stone from this Church was incorporated into the narthex of the Massachusetts Church.
The brass plaque reads: This stone having been consecrated to the service of Almighty God and used for many centuries as part of the Old Church in Chelsea, England which for over two hundred years was dedicated to St. Luke is a gift from the Incumbent of that Church to St. Lukes Church Chelsea Massachusetts
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Chelsea Old Church today
"I have built a great many new churches and restored many old ones, but for
worship I like the Old Church at Chelsea" - Sir Gilbert Scott (1811-1878).
The Church before the Blitz
Chelsea Old Church stone incorporated into St Luke, Chelsea MA USA
Brass plaque above the stone