Chelsea Old Church

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Chelsea Old Church information

London , United Kingdom
cnr Cheyne Walk & Old Church St, SW3
+44 20 7795 1019
Getting there
Tube: South Kensington or Sloane Sq
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Opening hours
during church services & 2-4pm Tue, Wed & Thu
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This church stands behind a bronze monument to Thomas More (1477–1535), who had a close association with it. At the western end of the south aisle don’t miss the only chained books in a London church.

The central tome is a ‘Vinegar Bible’ from 1717 (so-named after an erratum in Luke, chapter 20), alongside a ‘Book of Common Prayer’ from 1723 and a 1683 copy of ‘Homilies’. The books were gifts from Sir Hans Sloane; to read them, scholars must apply in writing to the vicar. Original features of the largely rebuilt church (it was badly bombed in 1941) include the Tudor More Chapel; also look out for fragments of 17th century Flemish stained glass, of exceptional clarity and artistry.