Chelsea Manor

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Royal)

There are no visible remains

NameChelsea Manor
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishChelsea

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)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ274777
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  • Thurley, Simon, 1993, The Royal Palaces of Tudor England (Yale University Press) p. 49, 78
  • Weinreb, Ben and Hibbert, Christopher (eds), 1983 (rev edn 1993), The London Encyclopeadia (Macmillian) p. 146
  • Colvin, H.M., Ransome, D.R. and Summerson, John, 1982, The history of the King's Works, Vol. 4: 1485-1660 (part 2) (London) p. 64
  • Blunt, R., 1900, An illustrated historical handbook to the parish of Chelsea p. 104, 108
  • Bryan, G., 1869, Chelsea, in the olden & present times p. 24- online copy
  • Faulkner, T., 1810, An historical and topographical description of Chelsea and its environs Vol. 1 p. 263- online copy