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Roper's Garden Roper's Garden

Credit for this entry to:
Alan Patient of

Plaque: Roper's Garden

Erection date: 11/3/1964


Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea
The worshipful the mayor councillor Lady Heath laid this stone on 11th March 1964 to commemorate the construction of Roper’s Garden on the site of buildings destroyed by parachute mine on 17th April 1941. The site of this garden formed part of the marriage gift of Thomas More to William and Margaret Roper in 1521, Architects Bridgwater Shepheard & Epstein, Contractors Marshall-Andrew & Co.

We originally transcribed the year of the attack as "1944" but we now believe it should read "1941". Another visit is required to check, this but it's possible the inscription originally ended with a "4" which was later corrected to a "1".

Parachute mines were used in the early 40s; the end of the war was characterised by the use of V-1s and V-2s. Parachute mines are recorded as having fallen on other London sites on 16 and 17 April 1941. A plaque in the porch records the next door Chelsea Old Church as having been attacked on 16 April 1941 but that raid began on the 16th and continued into the morning of the 17th so it seems likely this Roper's Garden site was destroyed in the same raid, possibly by the same bomb.

Site: Roper's Garden (1 memorial)

SW3, Cheyne Walk, Corner of Old Church Street

Thanks to Jamie Davis for reminding us about this one.

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Roper's Garden

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Parachute mines

These were used initially by the Royal Air Force Bomber Command and the Germa...

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World War 2

Sorry, we've done no research on WW2, it's just too big a subject. But do vis...

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Sir Thomas More

Born Milk Street. In conflict with Henry VIII over religion he was imprisoned...

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Margaret Roper

Daughter of Sir Thomas More. After her executed father’s parboiled head had b...

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William Roper

Biographer. Date of birth approximate. He married Sir Thomas More’s daughter ...

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Roper's Garden

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Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea

It was amalgamated under the London Government Act of 1963, with the Metropol...

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Marshall-Andrew & Co.

Building contractors.

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Lady Heath

Mayor of Chelsea.

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