XXIV.—No. 3 CHEYNE WALK.
This house is the property of the present occupier, Rowland Edmund
Prothero, Esq., M.V.O.
General description and date of structure.
Built about 1717, this house retains much of its original character as far
as the second floor. The front door possesses a charming hood with elaborately carved brackets. The front room on the ground floor has been brought
forward slightly, but otherwise the old brickwork is
untouched. The plan is similar to that of No. 2, but
is reversed, the entrance being on the left-hand side
as one approaches. The staircases of the two houses
are alike in detail and the little hall (Plate 30) is very
characteristic of the period. Mr. Prothero has thrown
the front, back, and "powder" rooms into one, both
on the ground and first floors. These rooms retain
their original panelling and bold cornice. The fireplace in the front room on the ground floor has a
good carved chimney-piece with marble slips. In
the room above a chimney-piece of "Adam" design
has been inserted. The angle fireplaces in the back
rooms on both of these floors have lost their mantels.
On the second floor the front room has its old
panelling but a late fireplace, the back rooms (thrown
into one) have each the original architrave around
the fireplace, and part of the panelling. The third
and fourth floors are modern additions, and the
house has been further enlarged by throwing out a
projection on brackets on the garden front.
No. 3 Cheyne Walk, Second floor plan.
Measured and drawn by Frank T. Dear
Condition of repair.
The house is in good repair.
This house was built at the same time as Nos. 1 and 2 on part of the Great Garden
of the Manor House, c. 1717. The parish rate-books give the following residents during
the 18th century:—
|1725–1736.||(With No. 2) Catherine Loane.|
Sir John Goss (lived 1800–1880) resided here at two separate periods, once when
organist of Chelsea New Church, and again after he had been appointed organist of St.
Admiral William Henry Smith (lived 1788–1865), Vice-President of the Royal
Society and a founder of the Royal Geographical Society, lived here c. 1840–1851.
Dictionary of National Biography (Sir John Goss and Admiral Smith).
In the committee's ms. collection are—
|3174.|| (fn. 1) View of No. 3 (with No. 4) (photograph).|
|3175.|| (fn. 1) Front doorway (photograph).|
|3176.|| (fn. 1) Hall (photograph).|
|3177.|| (fn. 1) Staircase (measured drawing).|
|3178.|| (fn. 1) Staircase (detail) (photograph).|
|3179.|| (fn. 1) Mantel-piece, ground floor (photograph).|
|3180.|| (fn. 1) Mantel-piece, ground floor (detail) (photograph).|
|3181.|| (fn. 1) Plan, first floor (measured drawing).|