The Ghost Of Thomas More's House In Chelsea - Part1
‘More’ wrote Erasmus, ‘hath built near London upon the Thames a commodious house, neither mean nor subject to envy, yet magnificent enough; there he converseth with his family, his wife, his son and daughter-in-law, his three daughters and their husbands, with eleven grandchildren…’
In fact it appears that Erasmus never visited his friend in Chelsea, but Thomas More’s residence must have been comfortable enough to accommodate such a big household. Nobody knows for sure what the residence and the land around looked like but a famous Knyff/Kip view of Chelsea shows the house and the gardens that once belonged to Thomas More. This image of 1690s identifies it as ‘The House att Chelsea … of the Most Noble &Potent Prince Henry Duke of Beaufort…’ More’s former estate looks carefully planned with vast gardens where he would keep a small menagerie that included rabbits, a monkey, a fox, a ferret, and a weasel and exotic birds. As it is often said, he was fond of watching their habits.