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Cheyne Walk in 1860s looking east just before the building of the Embankment
This Hedderly photograph shows the houses at the eastern end of Cheyne Walk from Cheyne Gardens in the late 1860s. It gives an excellent picture of the street before the Embankment was constructed. Although it looks very picturesque, the reality was different. Many residents complained of the noxious smells, muddy footpath and flooding. At the end of Cheyne Walk the road curves away from the river into Royal Hospital Road, then known as Queen's Road West. Today this is a major traffic junction leading to Chelsea Embankment. Cheyne House, designed by Norman Shaw, has replaced the white building in the centre of the photograph.
Location of original: SB02 CM1000
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