Crosby Hall is a historic building in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London. Part of the buildings architectural features are from the Great Hall, which is the only surviving part of the mansion of Crosby Hall, Bishopsgate which was built in 1466 by the wool merchant John Crosby.
William Shakespeare was familiar with this former city mansion, and used it as the setting for a scene in Richard III. The building was rented by Richard while he was Duke of Gloucester. Later it was owned by Sir Thomas More.
During the 17th century Crosby Hall was used as a warehouse for sugar from the West Indies and as a counting house as can be seen in this short blog post – Georgian London. It is interesting to learn that, as with so many of my projects, there is a connection with another building that I have worked on.
In 1910 it was threatened with demolition and then moved brick by brick to its present site by Walter Godfrey and the rest of the building constructed around it.
I was asked to measure the stonework of the façade and Papers and Paints supplied a paint that matched it for the bell tower.
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