Chelsea is an affluent part of South West London, but has it always been this? Well, Chelsea actually means “landing place for chalk or limestone” in Anglo-Saxon. What this means is that Chelsea was the perfect place to land a boat from the river. Meaning that Chelsea has seen a lot of activity over the years. As for the nearly two thousands years that London has existed, the river has been the highway of the city for most of that time.
The area of Chelsea was recorded in the Domesday Book. However, the origins of Chelsea actually date back further than that. There is a record of Chelsea hosting the Synod of Chelsea in 787 AD. From what I find out about this event, it was a meeting of important people. Much like our parliament today. There were many of these Synods of Chelsea which were held at Cealchythe, which is now modern-day Chelsea.
Fast-forwarding history just a bit, once Chelsea became “the manor of Chelsea” in 1042, it was in private ownership for a long time. In 1536, Henry VIII acquired the manor. Two of Henry’s wives lived in the manor house as did the future Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth I. This part of London has long been regarded as an affluent part of London and with kings and queens living there since the Tudor period, it isn’t difficult to see why!