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. Parish Office not open during pandemic.
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, also Petyt Hall, for more information click here and/or contact the Parish Office.
The Church can be reached by the following forms of transport:
Tube: South Kensington (0.7 miles), Gloucester Road (0.9 miles), Sloane Square (0.9 miles) [District and Circle Lines; Piccadilly Line South Ken. and Gloucester Road].
Train: West Brompton (1.1 miles) [London Overground], Battersea Park (1.4 miles) [Southern], Queenstown Road Battersea (1.4 miles) [SouthWestern].
No 11 Fulham = Liverpool Street - get off at 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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YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
In common with churches everywhere, Chelsea Old Church is feeling keenly the much reduced income from our weekly collections due to COVID restrictions.
Are you able to help by setting up a standing order with your bank? This can be monthly, quarterly or annually for an amount of your choosing; every penny will be so gratefully received.
Standing orders and one off donations can be set up easily, please contact Laura Tomlinson, Stewardship Secretary at email@example.com.
For any queries, please write to Laura Tomlinson at Chelsea Old Church, 64 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LT or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for your support. The Reverend Canon David Reindorp TD DL Vicar
The office can be contacted on email@example.com or 020 7795 1019
The Church will be open on Sunday afternoons (1.30-5.30pm)
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 Chelsea Old 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
Petyt Hall entrance at Cadogan Gate, Cheyne Walk.
Chelsea Old Church stone incorporated into St Luke, Chelsea MA USA
Brass plaque above the stone