A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 12, Chelsea. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 2004.
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In 1548 75 communicants (16 years and over) were certfied in the parish. (fn. 1) By the 1720s there were said to be 461 families in the parish and about 20 in the Royal Hospital. (fn. 2) In 1801 there were 2,746 families and a total population of 11,604. (fn. 3) The Table below gives decennial population totals, taken from the censuses, for the area equivalent to the main parish of Chelsea, and excludes the figures for Kensal New Town, transferred to Paddington and Kensington MBs in 1900. (fn. 4)