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Chelsea Manor

In the civil parish of Chelsea.
In the historic county of London and Middlesex.
Modern Authority of London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
1974 county of Greater London.
Medieval County of Middlesex.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ274777
Latitude 51.48380° Longitude -0.16644°

Chelsea Manor has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.


Royal manor acquired by Henry VIII in 1536. Henry VIII's manor house built in 1536, now the site of 19-26 Cheyne Walk, was a wedding present for Katherine Parr. It became home to Henry's children and to the tragic Lady Jane Grey, the nine-day queen. The last royal resident was Anne of Cleves, Henry's fourth wife, who died here in 1556. In 1712 it was bought by Sir Hans Sloane and demolished soon after his death.

There are a number of theories about this building. According to Colvin, Henry VIII acquired the Manor of Chelsea in 1536 from Lord Sandys and built a manor house. It was destroyed in 1700. However it is likely that the house was acquired with the manor, and is therefore late C15 to early C16 in date. The only work recorded is on the king & queen closets and the gardens. Other theories have the idea that this building was erected by Henry VIII, close to the original manor house, which was considered unsuitable. This new building would have been immediately east of the bishop of Winchester's palace. The building was freehold by the time of Charles I, 1639. It was destroyed by 1700. (Greater London HER)
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