The Church


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 and the Embankment.
The Parish Office, open 9.30am. 'til 1.00pm. Monday to Friday, 
address is 64 Cheyne Walk, SW3 5LT,
tel 0207 7951019, entrance at the back of the Church.

Our services follow the Book of Common Prayer and (apart from the Cromwell period) they have done so since the days of Queen Elizabeth 1. 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 normally open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 'til 4 pm.
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

Chelsea Old Church on Google Maps:

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. For more details ring the Parish Office.

Since the major redevelopment of the Church, the new Vicarage stands alongside our Church Hall which is called Petyt Hall. 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, 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

The Church before the Blitz 

Petyt Hall entrance at Cadogan Gate, Cheyne Walk.

Chelsea Old Church stone incorporated into St Luke, Chelsea. MA

Brass plaque above the stone 

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