Esoteric London

No. 804: Chelsea Embankment, SW3

Posted in Statues by esotericlondon on March 28, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_8579 copy

Chelsea Embankment, London, SW3. Photo @ Roger Dean 2013

London. A Pilgrimage – Gustave Doré and Blanchard Jerrold, 1872:

Ancient Chelsea is charged with memories of recent as well as of bygone times. This, I say, is its special privilege. It can go back firmly to the days when Sir Thomas More dated a letter to his grim master from “my pore howse at Chelcith.” Chelcith in the days of Henry the Eighth, and when Queen Elizabeth was a little girl, would repay the study of a painter – the dreaming of a poet. The river had unbroken green banks: and Chelcith was parted from London by the Blue Fields, and other footpad meadows.

[The statue of Sir Thomas More in the photograph above is by L. Cubitt Bevis and it was unveiled in 1969. It sits on Chelsea Embankment from where More looks out over the Thames to Battersea whilst he has his back to Chelsea Old Church where he regularly worshipped. R.D.]

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