The bombing of Chelsea Old Church in the Second World War

Dacre tomb drawing by P K Kipps from Survey of London 1921 Godfrey volume 7 page 84dacre tombChelsea Old Church The War Illustrated 16 May 1941004Chelsea Old Church The War Illustrated 16 May 1941002

What may you ask is the connection between Chelsea Old Church and Emanuel School? The answer is that the tomb of Emanuel’s founders, Lord and Lady Dacre, is situated in the south side of the church. In April 1941 the church was heavily damaged in a bombing raid. See here images of the church before and after it was bombed in April 16-17 1941. It was fully restored in the 1950s. Also see here images of the Dacre tomb including a drawing by P. K. Kipps ‘Plate 84: Chelsea Old Church: monuments’, Survey of London: volume 7: Chelsea, part III: The Old Church (1921), pp. 84.

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