I’ll have to start by qualifying that title. Chelsea people have long memories so I should really say streets forgotten by some people. For others the streets demolished in 1969/70 to clear the area for the building of the World’s End Estate will never be forgotten, and for others still the act of demolition never be forgiven. But for those of you who don’t remember, or those who never knew let me just say there was an enclave of streets in the west of Chelsea which no longer exist. This 1935 map shows them and gives you the roll call of streets which have passed into history.
Raasay Street, Bifron Street, Vicat Street, Dartrey Road, Seaton Street, Luna Street – all gone now, and somehow the names themselves are redolent of another time and an older, slightly rougher version of Chelsea. The stub of Blantyre Street lingers on at the edge but you can see that the five (or six) sided shape is now a sunken island among the more familiar names like Edith Grove and Cremorne Road.
Our photographer John Rogers went down there in 1969 and caught those streets in their final transition from a living neighbourhood to an empty shell. You may have seen pictures of some of these streets before. (I did a post on the general history of the World’s End). But this post is purely concerned with the last days of these almost forgotten World’s End streets.
1969. Look at that woman waiting to use the phone. If she could step into 2014 and stand in pretty much the same spot she would see more or less the same buildings. But if she turned around and looked behind her…
She would see St John’s Church and Mission Hall at the intersection of Blantyre Street and Dartrey Road. If she looked to her left and she could see Blantyre Street.
A street full of parked cars which leads tothe last few numbers of Cheyne Walk. (What’s that large one on the right?)
Check the map. You can turn right from Blantrye Street into Seaton Street.
The tree at the end is on the embankment overlooking the houseboats.
In Seaton Street there’s all sorts of semi-erased football graffitti on the wall next to the Chelsea Corner Cupboard including the incomplete inscription Osgood Aven(u)e which must be a reference to Peter Osgood. (“Osgood is God” vied with “Clapton is God” as mottos on the wall back in 1969)
Behind Seaton Street was Luna Street,
where you could still kick a ball down the street if you wanted to. Dartrey Road ran north to south.
Those tower blocks in the distance are on the Battersea side of the river. Running west from Dartrey Road was the oddly named Raasay Street.
Here you can see the first signs of demolition. This is a closer view of the same scene.
Mixed rags and scrap metal still available.
In Bifron Street houses were already vacated.
Some signs of a road closure as a truck gets ready to go. And below, the interior of a house is laid bare.
In Vicat Street (Vicat sounds like the name of a dissolute Victorian aristocrat) the process is further along.
You can almost smell the dust rising in this picture and the ones below.
Wallpaper is still visible on the walls of those exposed rooms, and debris in the street.
The empty A F Stokes shop, along with some more unsuccessfully executed football related graffitti. It all looks quite forlorn.
So let’s go back, away from the devastation. If that woman is still in the phone box she can look west and see this view.
Still a little life left in those World’s End streets. The corner of a pre-war car, second hand goods, fish and chips plus whatever they sold at Gandalf’s Garden. All gone, not so very long after these pictures were taken.
Don’t think I’m down on the World’s End Estate. I’ve been inside and there are some very nice flats there. And the view is astonishing. I’ve no doubt that living conditions some of the houses in the demolished streets must have been pretty grim. But there is aways a price to be paid for development.
October 16th, 2014 at 7:16 am
I doubt that anything much was sold at Gandalf’s Garden. There is a website about it with a gallery of pictures of the shop.
October 16th, 2014 at 9:06 pm
Good to hear from you. I always thought GG was some kind of counter cultural emporium – when I was at school I once got a letter from them after a letter I wrote to the science fiction / fantasy bookshop Dark they were and golden eyed got delivered there.
PS You should see your old office.
October 16th, 2014 at 5:30 pm
And a Wikipedia entry no less…
It seems that Tolkien was happy to allow them to use the name.
October 16th, 2014 at 6:46 pm
Raasay is a Inner Hebridean island
October 16th, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Thanks for that. Now I’ll have to find out why.
October 17th, 2014 at 3:57 pm
I grew up in these very streets. We left in about 1966. Far from being a grim place to live, it was great. we could play out in the streets without fear of cars and kick a ball or play on homemade go carts. Very happy memories. Thanks for posting these photos. Wonderful.
October 17th, 2014 at 5:23 pm
Before it became Gandolfs garden it was the Home & Colonial, a grocer/food shop. And pre Rashbrooks scrap shop it was a coffee shop with pinball machines etc owned by a large woman named Wiggy, where “it was alleged” you could buy speed and other mind altering concoctions :D, and the rolling stones used to practise out the back. My mum worked even further out the back making curtains for Tates, the curtain makers.
October 17th, 2014 at 6:29 pm
My cousins, Lou Byrne, Coral Byrne, Heather Byrne, Mary Byrne lived in Raasay street. More cousins, June,Jack and Robert Holmes lived in Dartrey road, their Mum and Dad was Rosie and Jack Holmes. I loved the World’s End. I lived in Uverdale road. If I think of “Home” it looks like this, not tower blocks. Great photo’s
October 17th, 2014 at 11:56 pm
Are you related to Iain and Stephen Byrne?
October 18th, 2014 at 10:13 am
No sorry Paul, no relation
October 29th, 2014 at 8:19 pm
Are you related to Steven Holmes, I’m sure he lived either Uverdale or Upcerne roads, and went to Ashburnham school, in the same class as me, he also had a cousin in the class.
October 30th, 2014 at 9:42 am
Hi Alan, there lives a little story around Steven Holmes. I only knew him when I was an adult as he knew my brother through playing football. To shorten the story. I connected through friends reunited an old friend who I had not seen for 46 years and she lived in California. She grew up with me across the road in Uverdale. We went out to her and her husband they lived a magnificent life ! Whilst her husband was driving around in his huge Mercedes a guy spotted his plate which was. CFC BLU. This guy popped a card under the wiper to say. You must be. CFC fan. I am also. My friends husband rang the guy, inviting him over to watch the game and the guy said. I have a friend who is from Chelsea can I bring him. My friends husband said fine so they all met up. Barry my friends hubby spoke to the guys and the friend that was brought along said he came from Chelsea, Barry asked what road. Uverdale was the answer, Barry could not believe it and said his wife grew up there as well! You have probably guessed it was Steven Holmes. We went out to California. Met up with my pal after 46 years. Met Steven who has a second marriage and children out there and even more bizarre was the guy who put the card under Barry’s windscreen in the first place, came from a little place we once lived in and knew everyone we knew. It was wacky ! 6000 miles and that happens !!! Nice to be in touch. If only we could go back just for a day to see old friends and places as they were in the 1950’s. Ah well, it shaped us as we are now.
Kind regards. Linda James. ( Was Linda Duffield)
August 21st, 2019 at 9:30 am
I remember Miss Knobs, I had the pleasure of visiting her office on a couple of occasions,
February 10th, 2020 at 12:15 pm
Hi, I lived on Dartrey Terrace in 61/63 ish – my brother Konrad was born while we lived there in 1963. My parents had a corner shop/cafe/boarding house where the Rolling Stones once stayed. I briefly attended Park Walk school and before that a day nursery near by. If anyone remembers this, I would love to find out more.
January 18th, 2022 at 9:12 am
I remember doing that about the same time, luckily I only lived round the corner in Raasay street, I went to Ashburnham school,
October 29th, 2014 at 8:16 pm
Thanks for the photo’s, I lived in 5 Raasay St until moved out in 1966, our next door neighbours were Mr & Mrs Holmes and daughter Elaine,
March 30th, 2016 at 11:22 pm
Hello Alan, I was actually in your class too at Ashburnham, Tina Hilson, and I have been trying to trace Elaine Holmes for years. You might remember that we were best friends but I moved away from Lots Road when it was demolished 1965. Elaine also had an older sister Joyce.
I know she went to Carlyle after Ashburnham, but all my searches are proving fruitless.
March 31st, 2016 at 12:28 am
Hiya Tina, I thought Elaine moved to Fulham from Raasay St, when we moved to Stockwell I lost contact with everyone,
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
April 1st, 2016 at 10:14 am
Thanks Alan, I will continue my search then! Derek Smith was Steven Holmes’s cousin. Like you I moved away and lost contact with everyone. Such a shame as I have lovely memories of my life in Chelsea and of Ahburnham School.
April 1st, 2016 at 10:28 am
Actually, Steven’s cousin might have been Keith Thatcher, not Derek Smith!
April 1st, 2016 at 11:40 am
Tina, I think you were right first time, Stevens cousin was Derek, i’m sure of it, they lived in the pre fans in Upcerne or Uverdale rd, as you say good times, would like to go back to Chelsea one dayfor a look see, just finding the time, I live in GlGloucestershire now.
December 26th, 2014 at 6:11 pm
I lived in Luna Street all my childhood until the area was smashed down. We moved out on the 1st of January 1970, the last possible day, with two thirds of the street already demolished.
I’d go to Gandalf’s Garden every week for their talks on topics now found at the Festival of Mind, Body and Spirit, and other alternative and hippy events. Don’t know about drugs, I was too young, but we’d be handed cups of camomile tea while we sat cross-legged on the floor of the basement in great rows.
I didn’t dare go down Seaton Street because I’d been told there had been a murder there.
So many memories, I never understood why the houses were not rehabilitated instead of killed – money to be made I suppose.
March 7th, 2015 at 1:18 pm
Hi, Thanks very much for these interesting photos and article. For some time I’d been curious about the location of the ‘Second Hand Dealer’ on the cover of the 1973 album rock ‘Brian Joseph Friel’. Viewing the photos in your article it’s clearly the building on the corner of Dartrey Road and Raasay Street. http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/brian_joseph_friel The US release had photos of Mr. Friel in a cafe, which I guess was taken in the same area and wondered if any of your readers might recognise that? This is the front sleeve photo, showing the exterior of the cafe http://www.musicstack.com/album/brian+friel/brian+joseph+friel and this is from the back cover and shows the interior http://www.proaudioinfo.com/disk-market/jk/2L-04267a.jpg
March 8th, 2015 at 11:56 pm
Hi Brenden – the cafe in the picture is on the corner of lots road and ashburnham road – it’s not been a cafe for some years -it’s still a shop premises but at the moment it’s empty and unoccupied .
March 9th, 2015 at 6:27 pm
Hi Neil, Thankyou very much for that information. I’ve just looked at the shop on Google Streetview and it’s amazing that it is virtually unchanged in over 40 years. Incredible it hasn’t succumbed to renovation. I wonder how much longer it will remain recognisable?
April 19th, 2015 at 8:50 am
What fantastic photos, remember it well, keep them coming.
October 11th, 2015 at 5:08 pm
Thankyou so much for these photos. My grandad Thomas Bolton lived in Dartrey Rd, I visited the worlds end estate as it is now but could bear no relation to his memories before he left to join the navy, aged 18 in 1938. He attended Park Walk school and I can just imagine him kicking a ball around these streets. He was a lifelong Chelsea fan & it was an unwritten rule we all followed suit!
October 17th, 2015 at 5:38 pm
What interesting and lovely photos,but it makes me sad to see all these houses which are no longer here. Terrible demolition is happening now to heritage buildings in the guise of Regeneration (social cleansing) and behind closed doors so that by the time one hears about it, it is too late to campaign.
March 18th, 2016 at 4:56 pm
Great to read all these happy memories from lots road and worlds end area , I lived there myself in uverdale road from 1957 and left to move to Fulham when I was eleven . I went to ashburnham school. They were great days for me , I was never indoors , always playing football in the streets , go karting or Jacko skating until the sun went down with my friends . I lived at number 53 and I am sure our neighbours over the road were called duffield , the name john comes to mind but it was long ago 😀 . My parents were Stan and maria lamb , my dad was a postman and my mum who was Austrian which made her stand out a bit 😉, did cooking and cleaning jobs along kings road , I think it was tough times for people then but they had good friends who lived around them and they were happy. I saw a post from Neil Harrison and I’m sure I knew him to , other names were the Pullingers , Fraser Granham ( excuse the spelling ) and Anthony keen , Ian Dew . I remember The Chelsea player Alan Hudson lived around the corner in the prefabs . I’m coming up for 59 now but I never forget my lots road roots 😀 . Thank you all for bringing it all back .
March 18th, 2016 at 6:32 pm
Hi Ray Lamb ! I am Linda the middle Duffield child. Yes I do remember your family, very nice mum and dad you had. You must join our group: History and memories, our West London connections. It’s a Facebook group that is very very friendly. Amazing memories of our area, you will love it. Kind regards. Linda James. ( Duffield )
March 21st, 2016 at 10:50 am
HI Ray, I remember you and your mum and dad very well . I once went to your house for tea straight after school aged 7/8 . Your mum asked me if my parents knew I was having tea at your house, to which I replied “they knew” ( I hadn’t in fact told them ). Come 7pm there were police and other parents searching for “missing” Neil Harrison who hadn’t been seen since leaving school at 3.30 , oh how they laughed when they found me, i can still feel the pain – on a sadder note David Pullinger and Frank Dew both tragically died at a young age.
March 21st, 2016 at 2:15 pm
Good to hear from you Neil , same thing I can remember having T at yours , great story about the police , that must been interesting !! . have got it in my head that you went on to do photography , could be wrong 😀. I did know about David I think he was in a coma for many years , very sad . Anyway I hope things are well with you and it was great to catch up. I have been back to uverdale and everything looks so small from how I remember it , I think my dad would have liked a pint in the Chelsea Ram , it was empty in those days . I will keep an eye out for more posts , all the best , Ray .
October 30th, 2017 at 7:44 pm
Hi Ray, I remember your parents, I am the middle Duffield child , John lives in Australia, my sister Carol lives a few miles from me down in Surrey . My parents were John and Emmie, but we always used Mr or Mrs when addressing friends parents didn’t we ! I have good memories of Uverdale and our bit of Chelsea. Kind regards. Linda James. ( Duffield )
March 24th, 2016 at 4:57 pm
Hi Dave! Thanks for a fascinating website, which I just stumbled across. I grew up in Twickenham in 1950’s and ’60’s with frequent visits to London and this blog is a real trip down memory lane. I left the UK in 1969 and have only visited for holidays and I’m shocked at the changes since then. I have always visited the West Country where my family is and was not aware of the drastic changes in parts of London. The car you ask about is, I believe, a 1960 Humber Super Snipe. Keep up the good work!
September 19th, 2016 at 8:48 pm
Wow, so good to see these photos. Just as I picture my first home in Dartrey Road in my memory. We lived at number 5, the top flat. My mum moved there before she was married. By the time we left in 1968, there was my dad, me aged 6 and a baby brother.- one bedroom, shared toilet with the flat downstairs and a bath in the kitchen! The place they moved us to in Roehampton seemed wonderful. A lot of us moved to the new estates in Roehampton. I went to Servite Convent and was so upset when I had to leave. Thank you for posting all of this
September 19th, 2019 at 1:22 pm
I was brought up in Worlds end and always wondered why did they not rehouse the people in those streets on Worlds End Estate?
September 20th, 2019 at 12:37 am
I agree with Alan, there was a long time between those earlier streets that were demolished and the new Worlds End Estate being built. Plus they were high rise flats, not so good for young families.
September 22nd, 2017 at 3:20 pm
Great memories. I was born in St Stephens hospital and we lived in Seaton Street. I think we had 2 rooms and a kitchen. My aunt and uncle lived in the basement, my nan and granddad lived on the ground floor. A lady on her own, Mrs.Barton, lived on the next floor. She had 2 rooms and her cooker was on the landing. We had the top floor but, apart from my aunt and uncle, we all shared 1 toilet. I had a good friend, Michael O’Brien, who lived in Raasay Street. Later on we moved upmarket – we shared a house with another family in Elm Park Road. It was taken over by the council and they housed us there. We couldn’t have been very popular as the other houses were all privately owned. We were there about 10 years and then moved to Westfield House on Cremorne Estate in about 1963.
October 29th, 2017 at 5:51 am
l remember Michael O’Brien very well we were friends at Park Walk and l would see him when playing football for different teams over the years. We used to live at 33 Blantyre Street.
October 31st, 2017 at 1:46 pm
I seem to remember you as well but I am sure we called you Jimmy in those days. I used to go to Playcentre at Park Walk after school and we played football and cricket and Mr Robertson looked after us.
January 19th, 2018 at 1:09 am
My mum lived on Luna Street in the 1920s and 30s. She married my dad in 1937 and after the war moved to Barnes. Her family name was Hyland. She had a younger brother called Alf and an older brother John. Some great pictures here.
February 24th, 2023 at 12:52 pm
My great grand parents lived at no 3 Seaton street which was bombed in ww2 and my 15 year old great uncle was inside at the time and died. ☹️
April 8th, 2018 at 11:31 pm
We lived at Lamont Road, 448 Kings Road and 19 Seaton Street, until 1969, when the council moved us to Fulham. You may have known some of the Harding family, Brian, Chris, Josey, Teresa, Rita, or my mum and dad, Agnes (Margaret) and Arthur. I went to Park Walk, sisters went to Servites. Very happy memories of the Worlds End, would love to hear from anyone who remembers us. Steve Harding
April 9th, 2018 at 1:21 pm
Hi Steve Harding ! We all miss your input on the HAMMWLC. Site. Especially when you sorted us all out with your excellent maps. Steve what ages were your sisters that attended The Servites ? There is so much information on Chelsea around, I only wish my mum and dad were still alive, they would have loved it. Steve all the best. Keep eating the pies x
April 9th, 2018 at 6:34 pm
Hi Linda, good to hear from you, ive eased up on the pies a bit, lol.
My sister Josey was born 1950, Teresa 1956, and Rita 1958. They went on to Thomas More School.
I’m the youngest, born St Stephens 1960.
Sorry I’m not on the group anymore, but i was spending too much time on Facebook.
I am willing to email anyone on here, any old maps (1893 & 1949) or just certain street areas, of the Chelsea or Fulham area.
Just drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best, Steve x
September 10th, 2019 at 4:33 pm
I have just found these pictures and the article on Forgotten Streets while looking for uinformation on Luna Street Blantyre Street and Rosetta Street. It appears that my Great Grandfather, his father and his uncle were involved in building these streets and at the time of her death in 1911 my great grandfather’s aunt lists many of the properties as bequests in her will. I would love to see the 1893 map you mention. Sadly whatever the value of the properties at the time none of the resulting money has filtered down to my generation!! If only!!
Thanks for any help
April 16th, 2019 at 9:26 pm
Hi there, I lived at 2 Dartry Tce in 1969 above the Fish & Chip shop, that is my brother Richmond Fleming sweeping the footpath outside the shop & my turqoise Mini Minor parked around the corner. I saw people in flowing robes go to & from Gandalf’s Garden, very colourful, I think they went there for weed! Around the corner was Sophisticat where Christian the Lion was kept & where two amazing guys recycled/revamped pine furniture. Across the road was The Weatherby Arms run by Anne & Bob Weems & next to the chip shop was Dave’s Junk Shop. It was an incredible time & I was lucky to have experienced it & the wonderful people there.
Richmond now lives in Worthing & I am in New Zealand. I have a great picture overlooking the small island at the intersection if you would like it.
April 26th, 2019 at 12:11 pm
Any pics of park walk chelsea 1950
June 4th, 2019 at 7:48 pm
Just spotted these amazing photos! I was born in 1949 and lived at 9 Luna St until demolition. It was true that a kid could step outside and find kids to play with even though there were some rough kids. I remember the third feathers youth club.
August 14th, 2019 at 1:11 pm
Hello, I’ve only just got into these amazing photos – what a trip down memory lane. I lived in the basement of one of the old houses in Seaton Street with Mum and Dad until we had to vacate for the demolition – we then moved into one of the Council flats in Beaufort Street – with a proper bathroom and an indoor lav – luxury!!. I went to the old Ashburnham School and my Mum was a dinner lady and cleaner there (Lil Tod). I had one year in the new Ashburton School building before I went off to Lady Margaret School in 1973. I remember Miss White and Miss Knobbs – those were the days! Just wanted to say hi to anyone from that time and that I have very happy memories of my school and play during those very different times. Caroline Martin (nee Tod) x
August 21st, 2019 at 9:37 am
Last may I went back to the World’s end for the first time since 1966, a few places still there, not sure it was a good idea going back, even the world’s end pub was shut, the garden centre nextdoor is still there, I was trying to work out where Raasay at was, I had my rose coloured glasses on for the old days,
February 24th, 2023 at 12:58 pm
My great grand parents lived at no 3 Seaton street which was bombed in ww2 and my 15 year old great uncle was inside at the time and died. ☹️
September 19th, 2019 at 5:33 pm
Only a guess, we were put in a block of flats in Stockwell, by the time the world’s end estate was built, we were settled well settled in, so they probably did much the same to others,
May 14th, 2020 at 2:35 pm
Hi, Im quite new to this site, My great uncle owned or leased 23 Seaton St until he died in 1938, My mum & Dad and eldest sister lived at 107 Lots Rd until WW2. My mums family Saxtons lived at 140 Guinness trust Estate until 23rd Feb 1944 when the block was destroyed. My eldest sister attended both Ashburnham and Park Walk schools.. We had relatives living in Worlds End passage and Hobury St. My family moved home about 3 times during WW2 because of bomb damage, ending up in Draycott Place, until they were re housed by CBC in Wiltshire Close and then I came along ‘new home new baby’ etc.
June 28th, 2020 at 2:19 pm
I lived at 73 Blantyre Street circa 1961 & hung a chamber-pot out of my upstairs window because of the tocsin from St John’s interrupting my Sunday lie-in. The landlord made me take it in after visits from an irate pastor. I also lived at 60 Lots Road & other places around about.
July 2nd, 2020 at 8:17 pm
Hi all, my nan (Joan Why) used to live in Uverdale Road from 1940 – 1957. It’s her 80th birthday this coming weekend and I am looking for any pictures of the area from that time that I can show her.
If anyone could help I’d be very grateful.
September 27th, 2020 at 7:06 pm
Wonderful site! I arrived here thru my research of photo locations of music album covers. The A.F. Stokes store, which appears to be on the corner of Vicat & Dartrey streets, is prominently pictured, in glorious color, on the reverse side of the 1969 album by The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation. All I had to go on for a location was a desperate search for an A.F. Stokes somewhere in England. Does anyone recall what the store was specifically? The band members are hanging around in front of the door. I was in London in 1969 on a vacation with my parents, so these pictures take me back to how I remember it; on quieter side streets I could see the shadows of olde Victorian London, contrasted with the colorful record stores and my hope of seeing the Beatles or Rolling Stones walking down a sidewalk. 1969 England was a very exciting place for an American kid to visit.
September 30th, 2020 at 7:42 am
Good morning James, the shop you saw on the album cover Stokes was on the corner of Dartrey road and Vicat street. They had moved on by then but a few years earlier The Rolling Stones did actually live in a grotty flat in Edith Grove just a couple of hundred yards away. It’s all demolished now but the memories of The Area live on. It was known as The Worlds End because of the local pub of the same name which still stands to this day and there are many photos of it going back in time. Artist and film stars loved it around here, the real Chelsea.
September 30th, 2020 at 9:07 pm
Hi James. A.P. Stokes was a grocer type shop that sold sweets and just about everything else. You could buy single cigarettes, single eggs, single Oxo cubes. A traditional corner shop used by the local people. Mr Stokes was a very popular man, even if he was a little on the miserable side 😄
October 14th, 2020 at 5:56 am
Thanks much for that information! Any idea why Mr. Stokes was grumpy?
October 14th, 2020 at 8:32 am
Perhaps he had piles ? Seeing as I was only around 8 years old at the time it never occurred to me to ask him.
September 28th, 2020 at 6:09 pm
I used to live in Elm Park Mansions, Park Walk as a child about 6/7 years old 1963/1964 and was sent down to the chippy at worlds end and can still remember being given something like 5bob if people can remember old money and that would feed a family of 4 all wrapped up in newspaper!! Very fond memories!!
September 30th, 2020 at 10:47 pm
When I lived in Raasay st, I remember the chippy, fish and chips were 9d in the early 60’s, mum went or sent me to the Home and Colonial every day bar Sunday as we never had a fridge,
October 15th, 2020 at 1:17 am
Was there a shop in the vicinity owned by an Irish family with the name of Garvey? I met Sean Garvey, who used to live on Edith Grove later in his life and I know his family had a shop in the vicinity but I am not sure if it was in World’s End.
December 29th, 2020 at 3:12 pm
I was delighted to find this site because I lived in 6 Seaton Street in 1958 and 59. My girlfriend and I lived in a bedsit on the top floor…there was abother bedsit, and the two of us shared a cooker on the landing, and (as far as I remember) all the tenants shared a loo halfway down the stairs. Our room was heated by a tiny gas fired (shilling in the meter), and at the time we were students and I remember we all took part in some student concert in the Albert Hall…the art schools used to enter floats which paraded round the hall at midnight, and were pulled to pieces by the audience afterwards…violent at times, we used to surround the girls to keep them safe. Afterwards the caterers would give any food that was left to students to take home…one year I was given a nearly full 28lb box of sugar cubes…it lived on the hearth next to the fire, and for the next few months we lived almost entirely on eggs, rice and sugar cubes!
Number 6 was the end house because 4 and 2 had been bombed, and our wall was held up by huge wooden buttresses.
Lots of memories. I remember the place with enormous affection, though times were difficuly!
February 12th, 2021 at 9:22 pm
Hi, my mum Beryl Brackley lived in Dartrey Road with her sister Iris and her Nan Lou. She went to Park Walk then Argyle I think? I’ve heard vague stories about Lou being a character locally. Any info would be great!
June 2nd, 2021 at 7:31 pm
My mother, Irene Carter, lived in Bifron Street from her birth in 1915.I was born in 1947 and we lived there until 1960 when we moved to Welwyn Garden City. I had an elder brother Roger who died 4 years ago and a younger sister Ann who is still around. Of the people that I remember there was my best friend Michael Hughes and across the road lived Peggy Tor and Clive Levi. On the corner with Dartry Road was the Miss’s Kibbles grocery shop.
June 26th, 2021 at 2:45 am
I was born Helen Wright at 42 Blantyre Street in 1950. I went to Christchurch Primary School. I have enjoyed seeing and reading the comments from people.
March 4th, 2022 at 11:08 am
Hi Helen, did your Mum work as a dinner lady at Christchurch School? If she did she was friends with my Mum Dorothy Eavis who was also a dinner lady. I can remember just about, going to parties at Blantyre Street. We lived in Flood St.
October 25th, 2021 at 7:15 pm
Thank you so much for these photographs. As a boy I knew Seaton Street in the early-mid 60s. My father, Pravin Rawal, moved into a flat there when his friend Kumar Vyas moved out. I remember the Thames, there was that embankment wall you could sit on and watch the boats.
January 17th, 2022 at 5:07 pm
Hi My grandfather Aaron was born in Augusta Court, just off Lawrence St, Chelsea in 1882. I have been trying to find out what happened to these houses for a while without any luck. Can anyone direct me to any sources. Many thanks Gill Ditch
January 17th, 2022 at 6:25 pm
Try joining the Facebook group ‘I grew up in Chelsea’, someone on there will most likely know the answer.
January 17th, 2022 at 6:45 pm
I can remember as a 5/6yr old kid being sent to the fish and chip shop in Worlds end by my Mum at least once a week!1962/1963. We used to live in Elm park mansions, Park walk and I used to go to park walk school, many happy memories, shame there’s not much left from those days
January 18th, 2022 at 12:00 pm
In 1961 I was a hustler in Chelsea from many addresses, but I started off at 73 Blantyre St World’s End & saw, met, knew many characters & visitors there. The gay-club opposite was frequented by Roger Moore, the Everly Bros et al & Susannah York lived nearby, as did Dandy Kim Waterfield, Robin Somerset-Maugham et al. Beryl Reid made me an offer I did refuse in The Queen’s Elm & Robert Robinson bought his fish & chips locally. I once received short weight at the Home & Colonial Stores & insisted they compensated for thieving by extra sausages, bacon etc. The gay rage at the time was Nicky Smith, a beautiful boy who tried to become a pop star in a duet with a coloured girl. He frequently stayed at number 73 & I shared a room with the actor, David Ellison. The rich & famous were always nipping in & out, and I seduced the actress Sally Knyvette & a couple of her friends who lived nearby. I told Rudolf Nureyev to ** off when he tried it on outside Chelsea Town Hall, refused to meet William Burroughs, but accepted a pizza from Lucian Freud. The King’s Arms – Finch’s – on the Fulham Road was the main place for action, but Frank Sinatra left his pint at the World’s End pub when someone tried to imitate his singing.
January 18th, 2022 at 7:16 pm
Bit before my time, you mention Finches on the Fulham Rd that was one of my Dad’s locals along with The Goat in Boots. We also used to have flower stalls in those days one was on the corner of Glebe place, Kings Rd and one on the corner of Callow St, Fulham Rd… Always had famous people as customers!!