Sir (Saint) Thomas More in Chelsea

The former London home of Sir Thomas More, stands on Chelsea Embankment adjacent to Chelsea Old Church (More’s home is the central grey stone building in the featured picture). Originally situated in Bishopsgate it was moved here in 1910 since Chelsea was the location of More’s Beaufort House and estate (only recalled now by local street names). Today, More’s house is the centrepiece of a development by Christopher Moran, featuring architecture of the Tudor and Stuart styles. The nearby Chelsea Old Church is largely a rebuild of the original church, destroyed by bombing in WWII, but it still retains the footprint of the chapel established by More. Sir Thomas More was King Henry VIII’s devout Lord High Chancellor, until they fell out owing to More not recognising Henry as the head of the church in England. More was executed in 1535 and canonised by the Catholic Church 400 years later.

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