Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Another People's War post
Gerald Atkinson went to St. Marks and lived in Hortensia Road. Here's his post on the BBC People's War site.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
From Middlesex Past Web Site
More facts about Chelsea, including its geology ("Kempton Park gravel over London clay"). Interestingly the population in 1991 was half that of 1901.
Terry Farrell Partnership - architect, Lots Road development
"TFP’s objective is to unify an important but fractured district of London with physical, social and visual permeability" - apparently
Friday, May 13, 2005
Stamford Bridge Stadium
The Stadium from the Fulham Road. The banked terracing was built using spoil from the construction of the London Underground. The wall in the left foreground is the only part of the old stadium still in existence.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
BBC People's War - Chelsea Stories
Results of a search on "Chelsea". Includes an entry by Stephen Fletcher, son of Agnes Fletcher (Rogers) who lost her parents, Walter and Agnes in the bombing of the Guinness Trust flats. He mentions a memorial in Morden Cemetery to the victims.
Chelsea in the Thirties
A page from a 1930's A to Z of London, showing the World's End and the surrounding area. Click on the map for a bigger version (may be slow!)
The History of Chelsea - Online
This is an online version of the Chelsea volume of the Victoria History of Middlesex, as available from booksellers Boydell and Brewer at a cool 95 quid(!). It is a detailed study of the area from Anglo-Saxon times to 2002.
Inside the Power Station
This article, by David St George of the Hampstead Scientific Society (no less) describes Lots Road power station in exhaustive detail. Interesting facts about the plant; when it was opened, in 1905, it was the largest electricity generating station in the World and the first to power a railway. At the time of its closure, in November 2002, it was the oldest.
Donald devotes several pages to the extraordinary Cremorne Gardens, a pleasure park by day and apparent den of iniquity by night, which occupied the site on which the Guinness Trust development was built. This map shows the size of the park (from the King's Road to the River), as well as some of its attractions. Race you to the "Stereorama".
Lots Road Power Station
In his book, Donald mentions plans to demolish Lots Road power station. A development consortium has submitted plans for a £500M redevelopment of the Power Station and the Chelsea Creek area. This scheme retains the shell of the powerhouse but adds two huge high rises either side of Chelsea Creek and nine smaller residential blocks. The locals are up in arms