Chelsea, London: History in Old Images

Old photo postcard of King's Road in Chelsea, London, England, circa 1954

Enjoy a glimpse of history through old images of Chelsea in Greater London, England, UK.

Chelsea Hospital in 1939

On 25 May 1939, just a few months before World War II began, Queen Mary visited Chelsea Hospital for women.

Queen Mary At The Chelsea Hospital – British Movietone on YouTube

Kings Road in 1967

Silent stock footage recorded in 1967 show the people and businesses along the Kings Road in 1967.


Ebury Bridge Road in 1981

On 12th October 1981, the IRA detonated a nail bomb on Ebury Bridge Road.

The target was the Irish Guardsmen stationed at Chelsea Barracks.

14 People were injured, and one person was killed.

Children and a pregnant woman were amongst the injured.

EBURY BRIDGE ROAD , Chelsea – Thames News on YouTube

Milkmen Protests in 1983

On 25th January 1983, milkmen were protesting the closure of the Express DairyCompany’s premises in Chelsea.

MILKMEN PROTEST. – Thames News on YouTube

Worlds End Estate in 1984

People go about their daily lives and children play – sometimes very dangerously – on the Worlds End estate in 1984.

1980s London | Blocks of flats | Housing estate | London | CB-TV | 1984 – Thames TV on YouTube

HIV/AIDS Centre Plans in 1987

Broadcast on Tuesday 10th March 1987, this clip accompanied news of the plans to create the UK’s first day centre to treat people affected by HIV and AIDS.

The centre was to be built in the grounds of St. Stephen’s Hospital.

HIV/AIDS | Britain’s first days centre planned | TN-87-017-025 – Thames News

King’s Road in the 1980s

An Imprudent Girl is showing at the Chelsea Cinema in this 1980s clip of the King’s Road.

1980s King’s Road, Chelsea, London, Summer – Kinolibrary on YouTube

Chelsea Hotel

Stock footage of the Chelsea Hotel, probably in the 1990s, shows the fine old building used by many backpackers looking for affordably accommodation in London.

A look at the Chelsea Hotel | Thames News Archive Footage – Thames News on YouTube

Summer in the 1990s

The sunglasses are out for the hot weather.

1990s Chelsea, London, Summer Street Scenes, Fashion – Kinolibrary on YouTube

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