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What is available at the library?

This section was put together using materials held in the Local Studies and Archives Department at Kensington Central Library. Local studies holds a wealth of materials on Chelsea from earliest times to the present day. These include: books and serials, maps and illustrations, press cuttings, census returns, electoral registers, directories, manuscripts, ephemera and other archive material.

Further reading

Many books on the history of Chelsea have been written, most of which are now out of print. A short selection of titles is listed below. For a more comprehensive list available from the Library please contact Kensington and Chelsea Libraries or search online at

  • Survey of London Volume II Parts I to IV (1909-1927)
  • Victoria County History Middlesex, vol. XII, Chelsea (2005)
  • Chelsea by Thea Holme (1972)
  • Chelsea seen from its earliest days by John Bignell (2nd ed. 1987)
  • Kensington and Chelsea by Annabel Walker and Peter Jackson (1987)
  • Chelsea Past by Barbara Denny (1996)
  • Chelsea Book by John Richardson (2003)

Other websites

Virtual Museum – The History of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
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