Tite Street is a street in Chelsea, London, England, within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, just north of the River Thames. It was laid out from 1877 by the Metropolitan Board of Works, giving access to the Chelsea Embankment.
In the late 19th century, the street was a favoured and fashionable location for people of an artistic and literary disposition.
Tite Street is named after William Tite who was a member of the Metropolitan Board of Works, responsible for the construction of Chelsea Embankment to the south of Tite Street and some railway station buildings.
During the 18th century, Gough House stood on the eastern side of the street. It became a school in 1830 and then the Victoria Hospital for Children in 1866. The hospital moved to St George's Hospital, at Tooting in south London, and the original building was demolished in 1968. The site is now occupied by St Wilfred's convent and home for the elderly.
Two IRA bombs injured 20 people on Tite Street in 1974 (see 1974 Chelsea bombing).
The following people have lived in Tite Street:
- Frederick Chesson, anti-slavery campaigner
- Julian Mond, 3rd Baron Melchett (1925-1973) Chairman British Steel Corporation
- Sonia Melchett, Baroness Melchett (1928-) socialite and author
- Peter Robert Henry (1948-) 4th Baron Melchett former Lord in Waiting, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister of State
- Andrew Sinclair (1935-) novelist, historian, biographer, critic and filmmaker.
- Paul Edward Dehn, writer
- No 30 (formerly 12A):
- Peter Warlock, composer — marked with a blue plaque. Warlock died here on 17 December 1930, probably suicide.
- No 31 (residence) & 33 (formerly 13)(studio):
- No 33:
- No 34 (formerly 16):
- No 35:
- Chelsea Lodge,No.42: (demolished)
- Edwin Austin Abbey,artist
- No 44 (formerly 1):
- Frank Miles, portrait painter (also commissioned from Godwin).
- Oscar Wilde, writer who moved into this house, built for Miles, as Miles's lodger before later renting No 34 himself.
- George Percy Jacomb-Hood, artist, brother-in-law of Miles's cousin Philip Napier Miles, lived at Miles's house from 1897 until his death in 1929, his father having bought it from Miles's executors.
- Shelley Court, No.56. Flat No.15:
- Shelley Court, No.56. Flat No.17:
- Radclyffe Hall, feminist writer
- No (not known):
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- Christopher Middleton (23 April 2012). "The Royal Hospital Chelsea up for sale". The Daily Telegraph. London.
- Sargent's Tite Street Studio Archived 23 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine., JSS Virtual Gallery.
- Chelsea Walk — Tite Street, Virtual Museum, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
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- Hanbury-Tenison, Robin. "Obituary: Sir Wilfred Thesiger 1910–2003 by Robin Hanbury-Tenison". travelintelligence.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
- 7 BBC Storyville documentary The Real Great Escape Dir.Lindy Wilson (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ghtll) Broadcast 19 April 2012