by Betty Clay
On July 29 of this year, I took a long walk through the Chelsea area of London. Along the walk, I saw the homes of many famous writers, authors, etc., who had lived there in the past. I went past the famous old Royal Hospital, established in 1682 by King Charles II as a retreat for army veterans who were no longer able to serve, and saw their chapel that was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Further along, I could look through the gates at the Chelsea Physic Gardens, started in 1683, and could see the statue of Hans Sloane that stands in the center of the old garden. And then, the major object of my search through Chelsea, I found the Chelsea Old Church. My interest was created some years ago when I learned that the Lawrence Chapel was part of this church, and that it contained monuments honoring my ancestors. I was determined to see this church.