History

Understanding how we used to live can often influence how we decide to build the future.

This is why the Society spends considerable time and effort understanding our heritage. We do this through painstaking historical research. We are indebted to the historians, archivists and volunteers who have so generously given their time and talent to contribute to the archive of material we possess today.

HISTORY OF THE CHELSEA SOCIETY

For the Minutes of the first meeting of the Council of the Society on 4th May 1927 click here Minutes of First Council Mtg 4.5.1927

For the invitation to the first AGM of the Society on 16th May 1928 click here Invitation to 1st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

For the Members of the First Council of the Society click here Members of the First Council of The Chelsea Society

For the first Annual Report of the Society click here FIRST ANNUAL REPORT 1928

If you would like to be involved in researching the history of Chelsea please e-mail Chairman@chelseasociety.org.uk

LOCAL HISTORY

CHRISTCHURCH STREET – can anyone help with the following enquiry?

From: mia <mia.antenna@gmail.com>
Date: 29 November 2016 at 09:36:42 GMT
To: <Enquiries@chelseasociety.org.uk>
Subject: A family mystery in Chelsea
Hello, 
 
Apologies if this is a rather unusual enquiry, but I wonder if you can help me. 
 
We have a family mystery we are keen to uncover, and I was wondering if you might be able to direct me to a learned Chelsea history buff who might be able to shed some light on the character of Christchurch Street between 1913 and 1930 ish. 
My grandfather grew up on Christchurch street in Chelsea, but wouldn’t ever talk about it, but we understand that he inherited and lost (through gambling when he was still a teenager) a row of houses on this street. He had inherited them from his father, who had been a butler in Kensington for many years, and it’s a mystery to us how my great grandfather could have come into possession of these properties. 
My own father’s imagination has led to all kinds of nefarious and hypothetical imaginings about our family connection with these dwellings, and I would love to unearth some more substantial facts, especially around what it was like to grow up in this area. 
 
If you have any contacts/ blogs to recommend to help me in my research, I would greatly appreciate it. There is only so much that Ancestry.com can help with! 
 
I hope to hear from you. 
 
Kind regards, 
 
Mia Vigar

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