Carlyle Mansions, Chelsea

Stone panel on the front of Carlyle Mansions

Walter Seckham Witherington

1886

Cheyne Walk/Lawrence Street, Chelsea

Carlyle Mansions, named in honour of the sage, who had lived nearby, has earned the tongue-in-cheek sobriquet "The Writers' Block." Henry James (no. 21), T.S. Eliot (no. 19) and other writers have lived in this six-storey apartment building close to the Chelsea Embankment. James, who called it "the haunt of the sage and the seagull" (qtd. in Tagholm 42), died here in 1916.

Photograph and text 2006 by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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